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How to Decorate a Flag Cake

No patriotic celebration would be complete without an All-American Flag Cake!

Decorate your cake in the baking pan if you'll be taking it farther afield than the backyard.

1. To make this flag cake, we used a 9x13-inch cake (we baked a Silver White Cake). You'll need two pints of strawberries, one pint of blueberries, and Fluffy Boiled Icing. Wash the berries and drain them on paper towels. Stem the strawberries and cut them into halves.

2. Spread the icing generously over the cake. (Whipped topping or whipped cream can be used in place of Fluffy Boiled Icing, but the finished cake will need to be refrigerated.) Fluffy Boiled Icing holds up well at outdoor picnics and barbeques.

    3. In the top left corner of the frosted cake, arrange the blueberries into an outline of a rectangle that is 5 inches wide and 4 inches tall. Press the berries down into the frosting.

      4. Fill the blueberry outline in with the remaining blueberries. The blueberries look best if placed in rows: the icing between them resembles stars.

        5. Place strawberry halves cut-side down in rows going across the cake horizontally. The bottom stripe of the flag is red, so start the first row at the bottom. Be sure to press the berries down into the frosting so the stripes will not be raised above the fluffy frosting. (If you want to be technically accurate, there are 13 stripes on the flag.)

          6. Serve any leftover berries with the sliced cake and ice cream. For a stunning holiday effect, place a couple of sparklers into the top of the cake. When darkness falls and fireworks begin to burst, light the sparklers and serve the cake during the festivities!

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          Comments
          Jun. 29, 2009 12:37 pm
          Has anyone just bought a White Cake with white frosting and used that instead of making the cake and frosting from scratch?? I just think that this would save so much time, and don't see how it would ruin anything??
           
          Jun. 29, 2009 12:52 pm
          I love this cake and have wanted to make this flag cake ever since I first saw one!... Hope to make it this 4th July; I will probably use the "Gelatin Poke Cake" which is just uses the Funfetti boxed cake, "Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting" and decorate it as a flag!.. Thanks AR for instructions on making!
           
          Jun. 29, 2009 2:22 pm
          You can use any cake mix really that you want, and for a more healthy version, use whip cream instead of frosting. Very nice for the 4th
           
          Annie 
          Jun. 29, 2009 4:01 pm
          When I make this, I normally buy a Funfetti cake, and use whipcream instead of frosting, since I dont' like frosting. The other thing I do is to make jello and put hole int he cake then put the warm jell-o mix in the cake then throw it in the fridge for a few hours before I add the whip cream and fruit... The cake becomes a Lot more moist and wonderful!
           
          Heather 
          Jun. 29, 2009 7:09 pm
          You are brilliant!!! Now I can just do the fun part with my 5 year old! Why didn't I think of that?
           
          karenburton 
          Jun. 30, 2009 6:39 pm
          I am wondering the same thing as Trooperswife82. Can this be made with regular white cake mix and frosting?
           
          Diana 
          Jul. 1, 2009 5:16 pm
          I make this cake every year. I make it with two layers and add blue food coloring to one layer and red to the other. I then frost with whip cream between layers and on the outside of the cake. It carries the red, white, and blue theme through the whole cake.
           
          Jul. 1, 2009 10:41 pm
          going to make this for the 4th using this site's recipe for "Coconut Cream Cake I" (a creamy poke cake) as the base & a tub of frozen whipped topping for the frosting. Letting the teenagers decorate! Happy 4th to all!
           
          Sarah765 
          Jul. 2, 2009 11:41 am
          Im doing one this year, but I will use pound cake and whip cream, we've made it that way in my family for years, and I just love it. But the way I do it is two layers. cut the pound cake in slices, layer them on the bottom, cover with whip cream, and blueberies. Then do another layer of pound cake, whip cream, then use your strawberries and blueberries to make the flag. Its perfect!
           
          Meghan 
          Jul. 4, 2009 5:00 am
          I made this cake for July 4, 2009. I made it the nite before, I don't recommend the fruit topping until right before you serve it. When I woke up the next morning, the red strawberries had leaked and turned the white frosting pink. Otherwise, it was great!
           
          Jul. 4, 2009 5:48 pm
          Made a flag cake for our BBQ today. Used a lemon cake mix (great with the berries!)and came up with a cool whip/cream cheese/powdered sugar frosting due to my lack of allrecpies :)
           
          Jane 
          May 22, 2010 2:45 pm
          My son loves chocolate cake and being born on the 4th he gets his wish chocolate cake, strawberries,blueberries and Whipping Cream. I think he has great taste :)
           
          May 26, 2010 7:32 pm
          I have made the flag cake using a jell-o poke cake made with a white cake mix and blue jell-o. For the frosting I used the cool whip and flavored it with cream cheese pudding mix it was a huge hit!
           
          May 27, 2010 5:26 pm
          I've made this many times and it's so much fun! I usually make a poke and pour cake with cool-whip topping. It's just a white cake mix and poked with holes once it's baked. Make a package of jello but don't chill it- pour over the cake and let cool. Top with cool whip and viola! Delicious! I have also done this with fruit pizza- only made the crust on a cookie sheet, frosted it with a cream cheese frosting and decorated with the strawberries and blueberries.
           
          May 28, 2010 6:55 am
          Believe me; when you make this from scratch, you will taste the difference, and know it was worth all the hard work! This cake is delicious, and so beautiful. I used raspberries instead of strawberries. Easier to bite into a raspberry.
           
          deputywife 
          May 31, 2010 6:47 am
          I use a strawberry jello poke cake with a cool whip frosting. It's a great cake to take to cook outs that is not so heavy on the belly.
           
          JOCOOKIE 
          Jun. 24, 2010 2:57 pm
          Nikolas, if people are asking if they can make this with another kind of cake instead of the one listed, I'm going to say yes, they do need step by step instructions. Oi vay!
           
          kayle 
          Jun. 25, 2010 3:40 pm
          wow i made this cake for my family and its great!!!
           
          Mary 
          Jun. 29, 2010 10:37 am
          I always made this cake for my brother-in-law. He served in the army and to him this was a symbol of what he had fought for and it was his favorite. My family loves for it to be made with angel food cake. You put a layer of angel food cake in the bottom then cover with cut strawberries and blueberries. Spread cool whip over the top and then decorate in a flag. My brother-in-law passed away in 2000 at the age of 30, a proud veteran of the United States Army.
           
          blsuarez 
          Jun. 29, 2010 6:36 pm
          May God rest his soul, Mary. We sometimes forget that these little touches of home can mean SO much to one who has served his country.
           
          Catty 
          Jun. 30, 2010 5:47 am
          I buy an undecorated sheet cake with white icing from my grocery. This saves time if you responsible for cooking other items for the celebration. I put the berries on right before the party. Everyone thinks that I worked really hard to make the cake.
           
          Jun. 30, 2010 6:13 am
          YES!!!! I bought a plain iced cake from the grocery store bakery and decorated it as instructed above. You can use this decorating method on ANY cake, ANY frosting.
           
          mrsdi 
          Jun. 30, 2010 6:34 am
          I've been making this cake for years using a boxed white cake mix. When the cake is done I poke holes all around it and pour a box of strawberry jello mixed with 1 cup of hot water into it (I cool this mixture slightly before pouring onto cake). When cake is completely cooled, I cover with cool whip and decorate as to make the flag....using blueberries for the stars (50 blueberries) and halved strawberries for the stripes. It's a beauty to look at and tastes fabulous! And when it's cut, the red stripes from the jello, add a great touch!
           
          Christa 
          Jun. 30, 2010 7:17 am
          Last year, my 17-year old daughter used this recipe in the form of cupcakes. We bought fourth-of-July liners, used angel food cake, topped with cool whip, and each cupcake was decorated a little differently using the blueberries & strawberries. A fun alternative to the usual flag cake, and boy, was it a hit!
           
          Pamme 
          Jun. 30, 2010 8:43 am
          I have a daughter with a July 4th birthday and did the "sparkler" thing on her cake one year. Bad, idea!! Sparklers give off a 'grit' as they burn, leaving a light layer of grit in your frosting.
           
          Iva 
          Jun. 30, 2010 10:26 am
          I made this cake probably 10 years ago when it was first shown in Family Circle Magazine and it recommended ornamental frosting and raspberries w/blueberries. However, what I noticed was the raspberries tended to bleed, does the boiled frosting prevent the bleeding? I feel it would bleed even more with the strawberries being halved. It was time consuming and took me a couple of hours.
           
          alison 
          Jun. 30, 2010 3:12 pm
          Try baking an angel food cake instead. Tear it up into pieces and layer whatever berries you would like. Top with whip cream and then decorate! Yummy!
           
          Meena Sarin 
          Jul. 1, 2010 6:35 am
          Hey All, I make it using blue berries and the Twizzlers Twisters (red one) instead of the strawberries, which is time saving if one is in a hurry...but do serve the strawberries on the side.Any cake is fine...! Hugs, Meena
           
          Jul. 1, 2010 10:27 pm
          One thing I learned following this great description is to use mall strawberries. When I went to pick up the berries at my local grocer they only had these huge mutant ones. I cut them down as much as I could, but I think my "red stripes" seems to be all over the top of the cake. Oh, well. At least enough of the white frosting shines through so may family get's the idea. ;-)
           
          buffy 
          Jul. 2, 2010 11:53 am
          I love this cake on a hot summer night. But I use Cool Whip for frosting. Chill the whole cake and it is so yummy.
           
          Jul. 2, 2010 5:35 pm
          I made angel food cupcakes with vertically sliced strawberries on them in the shape of a star with a blueberry in the middle. Cute, a little cheesy, but cute.
           
          NikkiC 
          Jul. 4, 2010 1:17 pm
          I'm baking this one for the b.b.q today hoping that it turns out good! Wish me luck! Happy 4th!!!
           
          Rainy 
          Jul. 5, 2010 5:28 pm
          BEAUTIFUL but no flavor. The icing was a challenge to make.
           
          MommyG 
          Jul. 6, 2010 5:32 pm
          I made this cake this year for the fourth! It was a big hit at my party I did 13 stripes and 50 stars I iced myself on the blue section. under my blackberries i put a square of blue.
           
          Oct. 16, 2010 4:46 pm
          Nice!
           
          Chepyl 
          Jun. 28, 2011 8:11 pm
          I made a cake like this a long time ago! I made an ice cream cake and iced it with whipped cream, then decorated. I think there was a layer of berries in the middle of two ice cream layers.
           
          Linda54494 
          Jun. 28, 2011 11:50 pm
          The flag cake looks reallyn good if the cake batter does not have a flavor then I put in enough of an extract that I can taste it in the batter before baking it. I notice that store bought dough for sugar cookies had no flavor so I thawed the dough and added about 2 tsp vanilla or lemon and mixed it on the dough setting of my bread macheine and the dough finally had a good taste not just old grease taste. If your cake batter id no flavor you might want to add the extracrt yourself like i did with frozen cookie dough so it would be edible.
           
          Nadomom 
          Jun. 29, 2011 6:11 am
          Trooperswife, I use packaged white cake mix and top the cake with Dream Whip or something similar. I take the extra step of adding two cans of cherries or strawberries to the bottom of the cake pan before pouring in the cake mix. Yummmmy!
           
          8Lulu 
          Jun. 29, 2011 1:26 pm
          what a perfect cake to make for my wedding day !!
           
          Baker012505 
          Jun. 29, 2011 4:44 pm
          I like to make this same recipe, but with angle food cake cut up into chunks with strawberries and blueberries mixed in before adding the layer of whipped topping and flag design.
           
          Jun. 29, 2011 4:48 pm
          I am definitely making this 7/4, Icannot wait.
           
          Lucy 
          Jun. 30, 2011 3:36 am
          I've made this for years too but use a Jello boxed cheescake mix for the cake, then a layer of cool whip, then decorate like a flag. Very refreshing and always a big hit. If you halve the strawberries and let them set on a paper towel for a while, they do not bleed.
           
          Dotti GP 
          Jul. 1, 2011 11:15 am
          Thanks for the tip about bleeding, Lucy. I have a bbq to attend on the 2nd and plan to use the flag decoration for the 1st time. Using my grandmother's pound cake recipe, however. Wish me luck.
           
          kristikshaw 
          Jul. 4, 2011 3:52 pm
          I made a yellow cake from scratch, whip cream frosting and used blueberries and strawberries. It came out great and was easy to make!
           
          dodiek 
          Jun. 25, 2012 6:11 am
          My grandsons and I make this together every year. We make the strawberry jello cake and use whip cream for "icing". It's always a big hit every year and they look forward to making it. Have a safe holiday!
           
          Jun. 26, 2012 3:41 pm
          Well, all the box cake and canned frostings I know are full of trans fats -- the enemy of your body and mind. Outside of that, no reason at all. [Of course, I'm a dietitian.]
           
          JeanR 
          Jun. 26, 2012 6:05 pm
          I make mine with the jello too, also I put a layer of instant vanilla pudding on before the whipped topping, yum, so good, and rich.
           
          Jun. 27, 2012 4:48 pm
          I am a little late weighing in on this, but just read it today. I have made this cake for years using fresh whipped cream and both chocolate and white cake. One year, I made a 9" x 13" blueberry cake and everyone loved it. For the past five years, our fourth cookouts have been at the senior housing where I live. Hope someone finds this useful. Do not know to edit.
           
          Jun. 27, 2012 5:10 pm
          @Trooperwife. I would think as long as it has a white background your good to go.
           
          momlopo 
          Jun. 28, 2012 5:06 am
          I've made this for years - with Sara Lee pound cake and cool whip, strawberries and blueberries. Started when my kids were little, so now if there is no "flag cake" they want to know why. It's fun to have little "traditions" that you really didn't even realize you had started.
           
          CeeCee 
          Jun. 29, 2012 9:25 am
          Red velvet cake also makes a nice presentation ;)
           
          Christine in Carlsbad 
          Jun. 30, 2012 6:21 pm
          For something different but really delicious---I have modified this to decorate a red velvet cake with real cream cheese frosting (see whipped cream cheese frosting recipe) with the fruit on top.
           
          whitmarie 
          Jul. 1, 2012 7:57 pm
          I make this cake every 4th of July, my family loves it! I make a white or strawberry cake mix in a glass 9x13 baking dish. After the cake bakes and cools I top with with a mixture of strawberries and blueberries mixed in strawberry glaze. I top that with cool whip and make the flag design on top of that. I think the cool whip makes it so much lighter and more delicious than frosting and goes perfectly with the berries!
           
          KKD 
          Jul. 2, 2012 4:44 am
          Made this for the first time last night to take to a party. Baked a white cake, used Cool Whip & fruit. The kids LOVED it. My 7 year old son wanted me to take a picture before we cut the cake. I'll be making this each 4th of July!
           
          Jul. 3, 2012 4:23 pm
          I've decorarted my 4th of July cake the very same way for many years! I use an old "poke and pour" cake recipe my mom gave me years ago (using strawberry jell-o) and whipped cream for frosting. Because the cake is refrigerated, it's the perfect finish to a BBQ on a hot July day!
           
          Jul. 4, 2012 10:02 am
          My 7 year old Grandaughter and I made this cake this year with a Betty Crocker Gluten Free cake mix. I have Celiac Disease. We are taking it to a picnic. Noone will know it's GF !
           
          Micste2 
          Jul. 4, 2012 10:23 am
          The only cake mix flavor in the pantry today is, Lemon. So it's going to be a lemon cake, with the fluffy frosting. The blueberries and strawberries should blend well with the lemon cake. I am sure it will be a hit,
           
          Jul. 4, 2012 3:10 pm
          This is really yummy if you use strawberry or blueberry jello for the "poke cake", the cake can be homemade, from a mix, angel food chunks, or whatever you want. Use real whipped cream right before , then top with your toppings of choice, it is so good!
           
          Kay 
          Jul. 4, 2012 3:49 pm
          I have made this many years, and just buy already made or frozen pound cake. Line the 9x12 pyrex with slices, and mix leftover strawberries & blueberries w/sugar and pour over the cake. Then frost with Cool Whip and decorate as above. Kids love to help decorate. Love the addition of sparklers to serve.
           
          Jun. 21, 2013 4:22 am
          I have made this before but I used raspberries.
           
          mec 
          Jun. 25, 2013 6:45 pm
          that's so creative! I look forward to trying that out this year! :)
           
          Jun. 26, 2013 2:35 pm
          I am looking forward to making this great cake, even though I have never made one before I think it will taste delicious.
           
           
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