Happy (almost) 4th of July to my lovely American Noshers out there! Any fun holiday plans? Barbecues I could crash, perhaps? I’m debating a last minute trip to the beach (or “down the shore” as my Jersey brethren say) but I don’t know if that’s just asking for hot, crowded trouble. But one thing I did do in preparation for the 4th was try my hand at making a flag cake! After seeing several pictures and interpretations of this cake online, I was keen to give it a try. And now you can too! This is how you get started:First of all, as much of the novelty of this cake is in the design, you can choose use boxed cake and frosting to make it super easy. I won’t judge.
You will need:
- Ingredients for 2x a recipe of vanilla cake OR 2 boxes of vanilla (no coloring) cake mix (plus ingredients needed to make those two boxes of cake)
- Red and blue food coloring
- 2x a recipe of vanilla frosting OR 2 cans of white frosting
1. Prepare 1 recipe of cake, up to the batter stage. Divide batter into two bowls.
2. Color one bowl red and the other blue (I used 25 drops of color for each shade. Next time I’d probably use about 40 drops)
3. Pour red cake batter into greased and floured 8″ round pan. Repeat for blue cake batter.
4. Bake in preheated oven.
5. Repeat the above steps for the second recipe of cake, but do not add food coloring.
6. Now you have one red layer, one blue layer, and two white layers. You will only need to use one of the 2 white layers.
7. Split the red layer in half through the middle, so you have two thin red layers. Repeat for the white layer.
8. Put one thin white layer on a cake plate, add a thin layer of frosting, and top with a red layer.
9. Cut a circle in the middle of the blue layer, so you have a ring. (I used a cereal bowl to do this – super easy). Add a thin layer of frosting to the red layer you just laid down and put the blue ring on top.
10. Cut the same-size circle in the remaining thin white layer and the remaining thin red layer as you did for the blue layer (the bowl method I mentioned above makes this super easy)
11. Frost the inside of the blue ring, and place the small circle of thin white layer inside.
12. Frost the small circle of thin white layer you just laid down and place the small circle of thin red layer on top. Now you should have a complete cake, two layers high.
The layers in my cake yielded a…shall-we-say…creative interpretation of the stars and stripes, more Jackson Pollack than Jasper Johns, perhaps. Two takeaways you can gain from my experience are
- It’s probably better to use an 8″ round baking pan rather than a 9″ as I did, to yield thicker layers. This makes it much easier for you to split and level the layers.
- Do not rush to assemble this cake 20 minutes before you’re supposed to bring it in to work, like I did!
Despite some of the stripes being more curvilinear that I desired, my coworkers still seemed to appreciate and get a kick out of the cake, so I’d consider it a mission accomplished! Give it a try and let me know how it turns out!