Candy Cane Cake Bars
Candy cane stripes are everywhere during the holiday season, and the red and white color combination isn't just limited to the candy. Serve these fun and festive cake bars at your holiday party or add them to a cookie tin for a food gift. They may look difficult but, since you use a boxed cake mix, they can be ready in a little over an hour. Don't fret about using a box mix; the addition of buttermilk and butter with the cake mix instead of oil and regular milk gives this an incredible homemade taste. You will need 3 (9-inch) cake pans. After mixing the cake batter, spoon one-third of the white cake batter into one pan, mix red food coloring gel into the rest of the batter and divide it into the remaining two pans. After the layers have baked and cooled, spread the seedless raspberry jam on top of a red layer, top with the white layer, spread more jam, then top with the remaining red layer. To help cut clean, even rectangles, chill or briefly freeze the layered cake.