Berry Delicious Red, White & Blue American Flag Cake
Independence Day in the United States often means parades, parties and cookouts. This July 4th, celebrate with this patriotic Red, White, and Blue Flag Cake.
What often frustrates me about online recipes is that they don’t list substitutions, other options, or extra tips. Or, if they do, it’s often a matter of sorting through hundreds of comments to read what other people suggest.
Don’t worry! I’ve included lots of simple substitutions, options, and pro tips for you at the end to help make sure you can make a Berry Delicious Cake that’s perfect for your taste buds.
- 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
- 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
- 1 pint blueberries, rinsed and drained
- 2 pints fresh strawberries, rinsed
- Prepare the cake mix according to the directions on the package.
- Bake the cake in a 9 x 13 inch pan.
- While the cake is cooking, slice strawberries as shown in above photo – halves or thirds generally work well, depending on the size of the strawberries
- Once the cake is cooked (check with a toothpick in the center), cool the cake completely.
- Use the whipped topping to “frost” the cake as you would with cake frosting.
- Create a small square of blueberries in the upper left-hand corner of the cake (where the stars would be on the American Flag).
- Use the strawberry slices to create the stripes (as shown in photo above).
Substitutions, Options, & Pro Tips
- Although the actual American Flag has 50 stars and 13 stripes, that’s a bit difficult to accomplish on a 9x13 inch cake. For particularly ambitious and craft bakers, it CAN be done on a larger, sheet cake, (or by combining 2 or more 9x13 inch cakes to form large “sheet” cake). Commercial sheet cakes are generally 16 x 24 inches. You can generally buy a plain, unfrosted, sheet cake from grocery stores or bakeries, but since it is a holiday, be sure to call at least a day or two in advance.
- White / Vanilla cake frosting can be used instead of the whipped topping, however the whipped topping is a nice, light and refreshing choice for this berry-licious cake.
- Another frosting option is to combine 1 small packet vanilla pudding mix, 1 cup milk, 1 tsp vanilla, and 8 oz whipped topping. This creates a slightly firmer, yet still fluffy and delicious “frosting” that can also be used as a fruit dip.
- Rather than a yellow cake, you can also use a white cake mix (or even chocolate, marble, or other flavors). Party-goers will love it regardless and as long as the toppings are red, white, and blue – any cake color is ok.
- When it comes to the berries, red raspberries also work for the red stripes on the cake. I’ve also chopped strawberries into smaller pieces, and used them to create the stripes. You could combine chopped strawberries and red raspberries as well, although it’s a bit more difficult to get the stripes to come out straight – especially if you’re doing a large sheet cake.