American Flag Cake

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We are so happy here at Made From Pinterest to be back with you today. And we are excited about the upcoming holiday in the U.S., Fourth of July. We have been busy making lots of Patriotic themed crafts and foods with more to come! We hope you will drop by and see what we have for you. Today’s post from Sherri (the baby of the Family) is no exception. We hope you enjoy it!

Easy, beautiful presentation for any patriotic holiday. American flag cake on the inside. Tutorial from the sisters at MadeFromPinterest
Martha Stewart is so smooth. I bet she could make this American Flag Cake with her eyes closed and one hand tied behind her back. She always seems poised, knows the right thing to say, is gracious and witty. So it made me feel better when one of the guests on her television show said something that rendered her speechless. She actually fumbled, hemmed and hawed. I don’t mean to wish ill will on anyone. I’m just saying it reminds me that we are all human. Nobody is so smooth that they are unflappable all the time. Her guest was the mother of one of her producers and was there to share her recipe for chocolate frosting. It has been so long now it is a little fuzzy in my memory, but I remember the conversation turned to invention of cake mixes. Martha surmised that her guest’s generation must have thought box mixes were awful, because homemade is so much better. Her guest very frankly said something like, “Oh no! We loved box cake mix. We felt liberated from the kitchen.” Ha! Hahahaha! Haaahahaaahahaha! There was Martha trying to get everyone to return to making everything from scratch and her guest expresses relief at being able to escape those very tasks! She stammered something like, “Oh…well…okay.” And then she prompted her guest on to the next ingredient in the recipe for frosting. Oh forgive me for laughing out loud.

Easy, beautiful presentation for any patriotic holiday. American flag cake on the inside. Tutorial from the sisters at MadeFromPinterest

I am telling you right here and now, I used a boxed cake mix to make this cake. Four boxes of vanilla cake mix to be exact. You might wonder why then, why did I make my own frosting? It’s simple. Cakes with this many layers takes a ton of frosting and that would have meant purchasing several tubs of the commercial stuff. So pull out your favorite recipe for frosting and double it. I used almond extract in mine for this cake and it was delicious with the berries.

I love the good old red, white and blue. I live near several of our nation’s historical sites and living in an area so rich in our nation’s history, you can’t help but be bitten by the history bug. Here are a few flag snippets for you: There are 13 stripes representing the 13 original colonies. 50 stars for the fifty states. Some say red is for valor and zeal, white for hope and purity and blue for loyalty and justice. Legend has it Washington interpreted the colors something like this: “We take the stars from Heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity representing Liberty.”.

Easy, beautiful presentation for any patriotic holiday. American flag cake on the inside. Tutorial from the sisters at MadeFromPinterest

To make this cake I baked (2) red layers, (1) white and (1) blue using one box of cake mix for each layer. I colored them using icing gel food coloring. I then leveled the tops. Next, I cut the red and white layers in half to create enough stripes. Leave the blue layer double height. I cut a 6 inch circle out of (1) layer each of red, white and the blue. (Next time I will do a 5 inch circle. I wanted the blue a little bigger.) It is important that you trim the red and white circles a bit smaller so that the blue ring can fit around those two circles. This is very important or your blue ring will break and fall off. It is easier to fix if it is too small than if it is too big. Any extra space can be filled in with frosting. You will have left over one blue center circle and a white and red ring. I cut those in squares and put them in the freezer to make parfait out of later.

Easy, beautiful presentation for any patriotic holiday. American flag cake on the inside. Tutorial from the sisters at MadeFromPinterest

Before assembling the cake I wrapped each layer in plastic wrap and put them in the freezer for about an hour. This makes the layers easier to assemble without them falling apart. Frost the top of the red layer first. Then again with the white and red. Top with the small white and then small red.

Easy, beautiful presentation for any patriotic holiday. American flag cake on the inside. Tutorial from the sisters at MadeFromPinterest
Next, I added the blue ring and frosted the rest of the cake. Next time I will put the blue ring on first and carefully insert the small red and white layer. Don’t forget not to stretch the blue ring to fit around the small red and white layers. Trim them to fit neatly inside or the ring will break apart. Can you tell I had a little trouble with this? I topped mine with strawberries, almonds and blueberries. Thanks to the Sugar Turntable for instructions and inspiration.

Easy, beautiful presentation for any patriotic holiday. American flag cake on the inside. Tutorial from the sisters at MadeFromPinterest

This cake rocks!

For another cake idea with a surprise on the inside try our Polka Dot Cake!

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Thank you so much Sherri for sharing this incredible cake! We girls have a wide vocabulary to describe things, like “cute”, “adorable”, etc. and this American Flag Cake is so stinking cute! Be sure to stop by and see this amazing trio of women at Made From Pinterest {dot} net!

– Jen

About Jen

Jen is owner, author, and creative mind behind Bakerette. Jen eats a vegan diet and recently converted Bakerette to a plant-based website that offers a smattering of healthful recipes! Jen is author of the cookbook Festive Feasts: Meals and Memories from Halloween to Christmas, which can be purchased online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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