Fourth of July Cake!

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Photo: Courtesy of Jessicakes

In honor of Independence Day tomorrow, I wanted to share this festive Fourth of July cake by pastry artist and blogger Jessica Harris of Jessicakes. To make the patriotic cake, Jessica handcut the wavy red stripes from modeling chocolate; the fireworks were created by meticulously piping melted chocolate onto wax paper in the shape of starbursts. Once the chocolate hardened, Jessica carefully lifted them from the wax paper and affixed the fireworks to the cake tiers using additional melted chocolate. The inside of the confection sounds as tasty as the overall design looks: The bottom tier featured dark-chocolate mud cake with espresso-flavored Swiss-meringue buttercream and dark-chocolate ganache filling, while the top two tiers consisted of vanilla cake with vanilla Swiss-meringue buttercream and sliced fresh strawberries. Have a Happy Fourth!

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—Heather Lee

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