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Festive patriotic cake

Tastes like freedom

The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays, and I will use any holiday as an excuse to make dorky novelty desserts designed to appeal to a 10-year-old (see also: gingerbread houses).  So when I saw this brilliant cake design I knew I had to give it a try.

It’s not very much harder than a normal layer cake but it is really impressive looking and so much fun when you’re cutting the first slice with bated breath, wondering if a flag is actually going to appear.

Colored sugar on top helps hide my third-grader-esque frosting job

I used Dorie Greenspan’s Perfect Party Cake recipe like Jayme from Delectable Deliciousness did, and made the cream cheese frosting from the original post at 17 and Baking.  I slightly overbaked some of the cake layers, but the cake was still so good that I didn’t mind it interfering with the cream cheese frosting (at least, not too much.)

Some tips based on my experience:

  • Gel food coloring is the only way to go for bright vibrant colors, even if it does stain under your fingernails
  • A pyrex custard cup was the perfect size (around 4″ in diameter) for the template for cutting out the center
  • As you can see, the blue layer tends to tip towards the outside of the cake.  I’m thinking it might work better to do the blue as an inner circle, instead of an outer ring.
  • Make sure to account for the frosting between the inner circle red and white stripes when you are planning the height of the blue layer.  My red and white layers were half an inch high, so I made the blue layer just shy of 1.25″ and it turned out about perfect.

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