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Thursday, June 30, 2011

4th of July Flag Cake

Are you looking for a 4th of July dessert with a lot of "wow factor"?  Well, look no further than this 4th of July Flag Cake!  Isn't it amazing?!  This is much easier than it looks.  I used a box cake mix and made some buttercream frosting, but feel free to use canned frosting or make both from scratch.  If you use canned frosting, beat it with your mixer before frosting the cake.  It will give it a nice light and fluffy texture.

4th of July Flag Cake
(Printable Recipe)

2 boxes White cake mix, plus ingredients to make cake (I used Duncan Hines)
red food coloring - recommend gel food coloring (I use Americolor Super Red found at Hobby Lobby)
blue food coloring - recommend gel food coloring (I use Americolor Royal Blue found at Hobby Lobby)

Buttercream Icing
1 cup butter, softened
6 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup whipping cream

Grease and flour two 8" cake pans.  Prepare one box of cake mix and color it red.  Divide the batter equally into the two prepared pans. Bake as instructed on the box.  Allow to cool and remove from pans.

Grease and flour the 8" cake pans again.  Prepare remaining cake mix. Pour half of the batter into one of the cake pans.  Color the remaining batter blue and pour into remaining cake pan.  Bake as instructed on cake box. Cool and remove from pans.

You will end up with 1- 8" round blue cake, 1- 8" round white cake and 2- 8" round red cakes.

Using a serrated knife or cake leveler, slice the red and white layers horizontally in half.  So you have a blue layer (2″), four red layers (each 1″), and two white layers (each 1″). Set one white and two red layers aside, those will be the bottom three stripes of the flag.

Using a 4" cookie cutter, cut a circle out of remaining white layer and another circle out of one of the remaining red layers. (You will not use one of the red layers)  Finally cut a 4" circle out the center of the blue cake.

You will have 2- 8" layers of red, 1- 4" layer of red, 1- 8" layer of white, 1- 4" layer of white and 1-8" layer of blue with a 4" circle cut out of the center.

Prepare the buttercream frosting. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter until smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. With mixer on low speed, add 6 cups sugar, whipping cream (or milk), and vanilla; mix until light and fluffy. If necessary, gradually add more powdered sugar to reach desired consistency.

To assemble the cake, frost the bottom three layers together - set the uncut red layer on cake plate and spread with frosting.  Top with the uncut white layer and spread with frosting.  Top white layer with the uncut layer of red cake and spread with frosting.  Set blue cake ring on top and place the white inner circle on top of the uncut red layer, inside the ring of blue.  Frost, and top with the red inner circle. Frost the entire cake and top with sprinkles if desired.

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  1. I'm so impressed! That looks awesome!

  2. Wow! That does look awesome! Thanks for the detailed instructions.

  3. loved this cake for forever! yours looks gorgeous! making it for the 4th this year and I hope it comes out as good as yours! :)

  4. Very pretty and patriotic!

    Happy 4th of July to ya'll.

  5. Holy moly. Love the surprise factor on this one.

  6. Cool! I think it might be even cooler to try to make a 13-layer cake with alternating layers of red and white, leaving the blue the same as it is here.

  7. Am I just missing the milk portions for the icing?

  8. Rasputin - I wrote milk but I actually used whipping cream. Sorry about that! I'll fix it.

  9. I made this last night for a picnic today! Easy, and it looked and tasted great!

  10. I made this cake with my 4 yr old and it was so much fun to make. I added sliced strawberries in between the layers which was really good! Thanks for a great recipe!

  11. ted1laura - what a great idea! I bet the strawberries really added great flavor to the cake

  12. So cool! I pinned it on Pinterest and can't wait to make it this summer! : )

  13. I had a little difficulty following your written directions, and would have liked to see the steps in picture form. I think I can visualize it now, but a picture IS worth a thousand words. THANKS for sharing! -Mo

  14. This looks really great! I can't wait to make it. Just some feedback though, this is easy to make I can see, but the information and directions would be much more easily digestible with just one or two in progress shots, showing you layering it. We're just dealing with a lot of different little cake pans and stacking, so think a photo or two would quickly help show :)


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