Red, White, and Blue Velvet Bundt Cake
Surprise your July 4th guests with this jaw-dropping patriotic cake! Ribbons of red, white, and blue velvet cake swirl beautifully in this zebra bundt recipe, drizzled with a tangy Greek yogurt glaze and crowned with fresh summer berries.
I’m getting my red, white, & blue recipe in just in the nick of time, lol!
Ok ok, so by most blogger standards I’m actually way late, but the good news is, this recipe is really pretty easy and quick, and the payoff is pretty huge, both flavor-wise and by good looks as well 😉
Jaws are gonna drop when you cut into this beauty. By all outward appearances, it just looks like an elegant white bundt cake, brimming with fresh and colorful berries. But inside, as you can see, it’s ribboned with stripes of red, white, and blue.
The recipe is a classic red velvet cake, just divided into three bowls, tinted, and then layered into a bundt pan. Just drop about a quarter cup of batter at a time, one right on top of the other. They’ll spread in the pan and level out. Make sure you do white in between each of the colors- I just think it looks so much prettier that way! So you can really see the contrast between the colors.
I purchased my bundt pan at HomeGoods and I have tried so hard to find you guys an Amazon link! I just had no luck, and the best I could do was this. Sorry!
As you can see my pan was just a bit smaller in diameter, yet taller/deeper. But I tested the recipe more than once and it works in a regular bundt too. The cake just comes out wider and shorter, and with a bigger hole in the middle. Also, it bakes faster in the traditional pan, so you’ll really want to watch your cake as it’s baking. I recommend checking it every 5 minutes, after the initial 35.
Most of the time, for me, when it comes to cake I’m chocolate all the way. But this red velvet recipe is the exception. It is seriously SO. Good. Super moist, lightly sweet, with that distinctive buttermilk tang, and a little bit of caramelly flavor around the edges. I swoon every time I taste it.
And the Greek yogurt glaze is a perfect compliment. Just be sure to add as little yogurt as possible, to really keep it thick. You want to really cover the cake with it, so you’ve kept the surprise for when you cut that first slice!
Finally, I just want to mention, before I sign off: If you happen to be in the Philadelphia area, you should totally come see me! I will be at the Nutella Truck Tour at Freedom Park on the Ben Franklin Parkway, between 11 am and 4pm. It should be a lot of fun; the July 4th celebration in Philly is always HUGE! We’re looking forward to lots of good food, music (The Roots, Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, Aloe Blacc, Ariana Grande and Vicci Martinez, <– starting at 7pm), and FIREWORKS OVER THE ART MUSEUM!!! Woo-hoo!
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Red, White, and Blue Velvet Zebra Bundt Cake
- 2 1/2 cups (312.5 g) cake flour
- 1 1/4 cups (250 g) granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 1/4 cup (295.74 ml) buttermilk
- 1 1/4 cup (295.74 ml) vegetable oil
- 2 egg whites, (large)
- 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder,, divided
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract,, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar,, divided
- 1 1/2 teaspoons red food coloring, (liquid)
- 2-3 drops royal blue gel paste food coloring
- 2-3 drops violet gel paste food coloring
- 2 cups (240 g) powdered sugar
- 2-3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
- strawberries and blueberries,, for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and spray a bundt pan generously with non-stick spray.
- Place the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl and stir briefly to combine.
- Add the buttermilk, oil, and egg whites, and mix on low speed until smooth. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl, and mix again for about 1 minute, to aerate the batter and develop the structure.
- Place ½ teaspoon of cocoa, ½ teaspoon of vanilla, and ¼ teaspoon of vinegar in each of two small bowls.
- Add the red food coloring to one of the bowls, and the blue and violet food coloring to the other. Mix about a cup of batter into each.
- Place about ¼ cup of red batter into the prepared pan. Layer with white, then blue, then white again.
- Repeat until the pan is filled.
- Bake for approximately 35-50 minutes*, or until a tester inserted in the thickest part of the cake comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.
- Cool for 15 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- Place the powdered sugar and Greek yogurt in a small bowl and stir to combine.
- Pour the glaze over the cake and allow to dry.
- Fill the center of the cake with strawberries and blueberries, and serve.
Oooh so festive! Love it!
Thanks so much, Jessica!
Allie, this cake is beyond fabulous. It looks amazing! Thank you for the photo of the batter and how the swirls are made – I’m horrible at imagining how things are supposed to be done. I need the visuals, lol. This is the perfect cake for the 4th of July. I hope you and your family have a blast celebrating. I wish I were in Philly – so that I can visit you for dessert every day and to hang out with you at the Nutella truck. Have fun, lady! You’re going to rock the television appearance too. I’m so excited for all of these incredible things you’re doing!
Thank you Nancy you are just the sweetest, nicest friend! I wish you were here in Philly too, I’d have you by my side all the time, lol!
Wish I was in Philadelphia, that sounds like soooo much fun!! And this cake??? How gorgeous is it??? Seriosuly, Allie, you’re a cake-genius! I love this <3
Thanks Consuelo! Philly is a blast, but I’ve been to Spain and it’s pretty awesome there too! Thanks so much for the sweet comment and lets definitely look each other up if we ever find ourselves in the same city 😉
Can this be done with boxed cake mix?
I can’t imagine why it wouldn’t work… I would definitely give it a shot but be sure to use a white cake so the colors don’t get muddy. Good luck and let me know how it works out for you, ok? Thanks for reading, Andrea!
That’s what I call perfection! I’ve never baked an ordinary zebra cake let alone something as beautiful as this! Have a great holiday!
Thanks Erika! I baked my first zebra cake a few months ago and just thought it was so much fun. The red, white, and blue idea came to me at the last minute so I just went for it! Thanks so much for the sweet comment; hope you’re enjoying the weekend my dear!
This cake is amazing, as ever! Love the colours, so perfectly festive! Have a great 4th of July! 🙂 xx
Thank you Jess! Hope you are having a great weekend, sweetie! <3
This cake is seriously a stunner! I can’t even get over how gorgeous it is! Just shared!
You’re a stunner! Thanks for sharing, my love! Hope your weekend is a blast 😉
that is so fabulous! great for a party.
Thanks Dina! Hope you enjoyed your holiday 😀
How pretty and festive is this cake??? I never remember to tint batter, etc to make festive food!
And with all those berries…. so summery! Have a great holiday Allie!!
I usually forget too, lol! This idea came to me at the very last minute, but I’m so glad I was able to squeeze it in before the holiday. Thanks so much for the sweet comment, Ashley! Hope you’re having a blast this weekend 😉
Oh my! This is right up my alley! Delish! Pinned!
Awesome, Zerrin! I’m so happy you like it, and thanks so much for pinning!
What a beautiful cake! One of the best red, whit & blue ideas I’ve seen. Thanks so much for sharing. Pinned it!! : )
Aw, thank you Crystal! I’m so happy you like it, and thank you so much for pinning! Hope your 4th was lots of fun and hope you’re enjoying the weekend too! Thanks so much for stopping by 😀
This is the best red, white, and blue dessert I’ve seen so far! Seriously, so unique and so so pretty!
Wow, that’s such an awesome compliment, Meriem! I know you see so many beautiful desserts, mostly from your own kitchen! Thank you for the great feedback. Hope you’re enjoying the long weekend, and having a blessed Ramadan.
What a gorgeous cake, Allie! Perfect for the Fourth of July. Have a wonderful holiday!
Thanks so much, Ashley! I hope you had a great time celebrating the 4th yesterday, and enjoying this gorgeous weekend!
Allie this cake is absolutely stunning!!!! So perfect for the 4th!!! Love the swirls, the glaze and the berries too. Wonderful. Have a great weekend!!
Thanks, Zainab! And you as well! Hugs to you and Mr. J 😉
OMG such a gorgeous looking cake Allie.. seriously jaw-dropping…. love the colours and texture… I bet it tastes great too… 🙂
Thank you so much, Arpita! It’s definitely a favorite of mine 😉 Hope you’re having a great weekend, sweetie! xoxo
oh my gawd, Allie!! I love this cake!!! Simply fabulous! and have fun at the Nutella Truck Tour and hope you and the family have a great 4th!!!
Thank you Alice! I’m really looking forward to it. Hope you guys enjoy the long weekend too! Have a peach sangria for me 😉
Okay, Allie. These delicious looking cakes have got to stop. You know I have to make this now right? And then I will eat it all by myself while crouched in a corner. Scarfing it down fist by fist. No one will forgive me. There will be crumbs scattered on the floor and I will be fighting the dog for them (okay not actually fighting it—animal cruelty stinks!). My face will be dyed red, white, and blue…but Hey! at least it’s seasonal. Hope you’re smiling.
I know I will be when I’m crouched in a corner eating this insanely delicious looking cake. 😀
I am smiling all right, Margaret Anne! Thank you so much for the sweet compliments and the fun comment. Enjoy your holiday weekend sweetie!
Lovely cake Allie, love the zebra effect. Have a great holiday!
Thanks Laura! I’d say “you too,” but I know you’re in the UK so, have a great weekend! ;P
Gorgeous cake, Allie! I love that shot of all the swirly batter in the pan. Also love all the berries you piled in the middle of the cake. So fun for the fourth! 🙂
Thank you Beth! I just had a look at your mini cheesecakes and it looks like great minds think alike (kinda!). Thanks so much for the sweet comment and I hope you enjoy your holiday!
Sooo pretty and just genius! I think you’re right on time with this. I love it!!!
Thank you so much, Lina! I got in right under the wire, lol!