Celebrating Red, White & Blue Baker’s Style

4th of july red velvet coverHappy Independence Day!  I definitely don’t need an excuse to bake, however, 4th of July gave me a reason to theme it!  Red velvet with cream cheese frosting is one of my favorite desserts.  Since it’s already red, it make perfect sense to make this for the 4th!

I wanted to make a relatively healthy dessert (remember strawberries, blueberries and cool whip would have made for a much healthier 4th dessert).  It had to be something new and yummy.  I got this idea from Pinterest from the blog No Thanks to Cake (<– LOVE THAT NAME!).  I made it a little healthier and used my own red velvet recipe, not a box.

This is such a rich, yummy and fun dessert I will definitely make it again… perhaps themed for Christmas or Valentine’s Day! 🙂  I’m calling this Red Velvet Poke Cake (for lack of a better name).

4th of july red velve mixFor the Red Velvet Cake:  Mix the following ingredients in a large bowl-  1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, 1 cup sugar, 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 tsp baking soda and 1/2 tsp salt. 

In a separate small bowl, mix the following ingredients: 1 cup fat free buttermilk, 6 tbsp corn oil, 1 tbsp. white vinegar, 2 tsp vanilla, 2 tsp red food coloring.

Mix the wet and dry mixtures until fully combined.  Pour into a 13″ x 9″ baking dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

4th of july red velvet bake

Meanwhile, you can make the second layer. This is key to get the red velvet cream cheese frosting taste!  Make 1 package of fat free, sugar free cheesecake pudding.  Prepare according to package instructions but don’t mix for as long.  The Pudding should not set completely.

4th of july red velvet cheesecake

When the cake is done, let cool almost completely.  Then, using the handle of a wooden spoon (or similar size), poke the cake!  Yes – fun part! (see- the name Red Velvet Poke Cake is not creative at all.)  Poke many holes.  This will allow the cheesecake pudding to go into the cake. (note: my end cake had a ton more holes than below.  The more the better!)

4th of july red velvet. poke

Then pour the pudding over the top of the mixture.  Cover and refrigerate for a few hours.  I made this last night and it was perfect today!

4th of july red velvet pudding

The top layer is fat free cool whip with a little bit of blue food coloring. Spread 1 tub of cool whip over entire cake.  Top with crumbled  Oreos. Oreos are the perfect topper for this.  It looks yummy and tastes so good.  I think Oreos are the only packaged cookies I will eat.  With that said, they are a must in recipes!  Confession: By the time I got to the top of the cake to add Oreos, one whole section of the Oreo box may have been almost completely gone…

4th of july red velvet bite

The end result was a super delish, moist, rich cake.  The healthier substitutes don’t alter the taste at all! In fact, knowing this makes it even better.

Did you try any new recipes for the 4th?  What are some classic foods always on your table for Independence Day?

Bon Appetite!

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