The best Fourth of July cake should look like an American flag, but that doesn't mean you have to re-create the flag exactly. As long as the colors and the patriotic spirit are there, party-goers will keep coming back to the kitchen during your Fourth of July celebrations.
Betsy Ross Sheet Cake Flag
Ingredients You Will Need:
1 cake mix
3 tubs white vanilla frosting
Red food coloring
Blue food coloring
13 white chocolate stars
Bake the cake according to the directions on the box. Use a sheet cake pan that has been greased and dusted with flour. Tint the frosting red in the first tub and blue in the second tub. Leave the frosting in the third tub white.
Measure out a little less than one-fourth of the cake in the upper-left-hand corner. Decorate this section with dark blue frosting. Then measure out stripes for the remainder of the cake. Start with a red stripe, and work your way down. Ideally, 13 stripes should appear on the cake, but it's hard to put many stripes on a small cake. As long as the stripes represent the red and white of the flag, your cake will be fine if you can't fit all 13 stripes on it. Start with a red stripe, and try to end with a red stripe so the flag looks more authentic. Place the chocolate stars in a circular pattern in the blue section.
A Fourth of July cake, of course, tops the list of foods created to catch the eye, but, if you really want to garner attention, go for something a little less conventional than a rectangular-shaped flag cake. Round cakes can be turned into flags just as easily as can sheet cakes.
Round Flag Cake
If you have only a round cake pan and you've already volunteered to make an American flag Fourth of July cake, don't be bummed, be original. Just bake the cake, and create the flag as if you're looking at it through a fisheye. In fact, look at a flag through a fisheye, and then copy the image onto the cake. Though frosting would be the easiest medium, don't overlook the fun fruit can bring to a decorated cake. Both fresh fruit, like strawberries and blueberries, or fruit leather work well for this purpose.
Another way to decorate an entire round cake to look like a flag has been draped over it is with a pastry bag and a flower tip. Simply make red and white stripes on the cake by squeezing out one flower at a time until you have covered the entire cake in red and white stripes with a blue section down the side of the cake. Once the flag is done, add the stars.
To create a cake that's slightly different than the conventional flag, go for a red and white striped cake with stars floating above it. To do this, run the stripes from one end of the cake all the way to the other. If you don't want to attempt the stripes, cover the sides of the cake in red, and then the top in blue. Add a thick bead of white frosting around the edges.
As a finishing touch, cut out some blue cardboard stars, glue them onto the ends of wooden skewers or wires and stick the opposite end into the cake. Add star-shaped candles or sparklers. Set the cake on a pedestal in the middle of the yard, light the sparklers, and watch the fun!
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