The Partiologist: Firecracker Cake!

Firecracker Cake!

I hope you're planning a fourth of July party because I have the perfect firecracker.  It was a blast to make and it ended with a really big bang!  Not because I lit the firecracker, but because it tipped over and hit the side of the cake heart started beating in red, white and blue.  Without hesitation, my then, standing firecracker cake, became a laying firecracker cake, still full of spark... 
Firecracker Cake Roll
I told you it was full of sparks!

Who knew those licorice ropes would light!
After a few dozen mishaps, the cake was complete, here's how~
Start by baking a chocolate cake roll - recipe below.
Measure the bottom 1/4 of the cake roll and cut blue fondant to fit.
Measure the top 3/4 of the cake roll and cut white fondant to fit.  Add red strips of fondant to the white fondant.
After the red and white fondant is ready, wrap it around the top of the cake roll.  Pull apart a piece of a red licorice twist and stick in the top.
Make white fondant stars for the blue portion of the cake.
Wrap the bottom of the cake in the blue fondant and add the white stars.
And you're done! 
If you don't go shopping after you stand your firecracker cake roll up, you might have better luck then I, just sayin'...
Firecracker Cake Roll
by The Partiologist

  • For The Cake
  • 6 oz. Bakers Semi-Sweet Chocolate (divided)
  • 6 Tbsp. Butter
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 1 Cup Flour, Divided
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 2/3 Cup water
  • For The Filling
  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 1 C. Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Carton Cool Whip
  • For The Glaze
  • 2 Cups Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Whipping Cream
For the Cake
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
Line 15x10x1 - inch jelly roll pan with Baker's Joy. Line with parchment paper, and spray with additional Baker's Joy.
Melt 3 oz. chocolate with the butter over low heat until chocolate is completely melted. Add sugar and mix well. Beat eggs in large mixing bowl on high speed until thickened. Blend the chocolate mixture into the eggs. Add 1/4 cup flour and the baking soda and mix until blended. Add remaining flour and water alternately, beating well after each addition.
Spread evenly in jelly roll pan. Bake 15 - 18 minutes until top of cake springs back when touched. Remove from oven and sprinkle with 1/4 cup powdered sugar. Invert onto clean towel and remove pan. Carefully peel off paper. Starting at the short side, roll up the cake and towel together. Cool completely.
For the Filling
Beat softened cream cheese and 1 cup powdered sugar until blended. Add 1 carton Cool whip.
For The Glaze
Melt chocolate chips, butter and whipping cream over low heat until completely melted. Stir together and set aside until thickened.
After the cake has cooled, unroll and remove towel. Fill the center with the cream cheese mixture. Reroll the cake.
Add the chocolate glaze with a spatula, spreading evenly over the cake.
Show Your True Colors!


  1. WAY TOO CUTE!!! Loved everything on this page...just wish I had time to have a party on the 4th!


  2. I love the cake, even on it's side. I can only imagine how you felt when it went crashing down. I've been there, and it's not fun. But, in the end the cake looks amazing, just as it is.

    1. I know too well that you feel my pain - at least it didn't break in half! :)

  3. sideways or standing that's one good lookin' firecracker! :)

    1. Thanks for looking at it from all directions! :)

  4. Thank you for sharing the tutorial. Where did you purchase the star mold for the fondant? I really like the detail of this mold vs. star cutters that I have.

    1. Thank you Lisa, I purchased the star mold a couple years ago at Joann's. If you cannot find it, there is a link to the product (above) on Amazon, free shipping with prime.

  5. I have a friend that told me once if something doesn't turn out exactly the way you planned, just rename it!!! Standing or on its side it is still pure perfection. Would love to try a slice of that one. from, twobeautifulgirls

    1. I really like the way that friend thinks...she must be very smart! wink wink ;)

  6. You have done it again! I love your creativity and how much fun you have with food. Thanks for linking up at Wonderful Wed. Blop Hop. Carrie, A Mother's Shadow

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment, I'm so happy you see how much fun I have with food! :)

  7. OMGoodness.....another masterpiece. I'm always amazed at what you share with us.
    I can't believe I'm the first one to ask about the "fireworks" behind the or at the top of the plate. Too clever also.
    Is this TS (top secret-and I wouldn't blame you for maybe keeping it for your "book")?

    1. Oh Lexy, you are so cute - the fireworks were actually added to the photo, not really on the licorice. If I could figure out how to do that, then I would have a book deal for sure! LOL Thanks for the sweet comment! :)

  8. Your cake looks AWESOME just the way it is!

    1. Thank you Sue, even on it's side, I liked the way it turned out!


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