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4th of July Flag Cake Recipe and Tutorial

A Festive Dessert for Independence Day

PHOTO: A flag cake by SugarWinzy.com for the Fourth of July.
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Difficulty: Difficult
Cook Time: min

A flag cake is the ultimate dessert for the 4th of July. This one, made with vanilla buttercream, is festive and will wow your guests. SugarWinzy.com created this step-by-step tutorial to walk you through the baking and assembly process.

Ingredients

  • For a 13-layer flag cake:
  • Single cake recipe for 7 blue layers
  • Single cake recipe for 7 red layers
  • Single cake recipe for 7 white layers
  • Double recipe Vanilla Buttercream
  • Apricot jam for filling or any kind of clear jam
  • For a 5-layer flag cake:
  • Single cake recipe. Batter will be divided by 8 for 3 blue layers, 3 red layers and 2 white layers.
  • Single recipe for Vanilla Buttercream
  • Apricot jam for filling or any kind of clear jam
  • For the Cake:
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 2 ?? teaspoons baking powder
  • ?? teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 ?? cups sugar
  • 2 eggs and 1 egg white
  • ?? cup evaporated milk
  • ?? cup skim milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Red and blue food color
  • For the Vanilla Butterceam:
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening (I used Spectrum)
  • ?? teaspoon salt
  • 8 cups powdered sugar
  • 10 ??? 12 tablespoons skim milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • Cooking Directions

    One recipe will yield a 5-layer cake with 5 red and white stripes. To make a cake with all 13 stripes of the flag, allot one recipe for each color for a total of 3 recipes.

    For the Cake:

    For a 13-layer flag cake:

    1. Spray seven 8-inch round baking pans with non-stick cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 F.

    2. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt.

    3. Stir together the evaporated milk and skim milk.

    4. On medium speed, cream butter that has been brought to right around room temperature until smooth and creamy.

    5. Gradually add sugar until light and fluffy.

    6. Reduce speed and add eggs and egg white one at a time mixing well to incorporate after each addition.

    7. Still on low speed, in three parts, add 1/3 of dry ingredients alternating with 1/2 of liquid ingredients. Mix just until blended after each addition, ending with the dry ingredients. Beat only until smooth and combined. Do not overbeat.

    8. Add vanilla extract and mix to incorporate.

    9. Tint the batter with red food color.

    10. Divide the batter evenly among the 7 prepared baking pans and level off with an offset spatula. Bake two pans at a time for about 18 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool in pans completely. Turn out layers and wrap individually in plastic wrap to freeze until ready to use.

    Repeat same procedure for making blue layers. For white layers, leave the batter untinted.

    For a 5-layer cake:

    1. Spray eight 8-inch round baking pans with non-stick cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 F.

    2. Follow steps 2 to 8 above.

    3. Divide the batter evenly by 8. Tint 3 parts with blue food color, 3 parts with red food color and leave 2 parts untinted for the white layers.

    4. Pour batter in prepared baking pans and level off with an offset spatula. There will be 2 pans filled with white batter, 3 pans filled with blue batter and 3 pans filled with red batter. Bake two pans at a time for about 18 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool in pans completely. Turn out layers and wrap individually in plastic wrap to freeze until ready to use.

    For the Vanilla Buttercream:

    1. On medium speed, cream shortening until smooth.

    2. Add salt and beat to combine.

    3. Reduce speed to low. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time alternating with a tablespoon of milk.

    4. Beat on low until smooth and creamy. Add vanilla and beat to incorporate.

    5. Store in a tightly sealed container at room temperature.

    Assembly:

    For a 13-layer cake:

    1. Start by placing a red cake layer on a flat plate. Spread jam evenly on surface. Place a white cake layer on top and again spread jam evenly on surface. Repeat until you have six layers of red and white stripes, with a white layer on surface.

    2. Take a blue layer and cut from the center to the edge, using a cookie cutter in the shape of a keyhole. Second option: if you don't have a keyhole shaped cookie cutter, cutting out a triangle shape with a knife would also work. Third option: use a round cookie cutter about 3 inches in diameter and simply remove the center of the blue layer.

    3. Keep the outer ring of the blue layer for the cake.

    4. Take a red layer and using any one of the 3 options in step 2 above, cut out the same shape that was done previously for the blue layer. Keep the small cutout piece for the cake. The outer ring will not be needed.

    5. Place the blue layer on the cake. Spread jam on the surface and on the edges where the red layer will fit to make sure the two pieces adhere.

    6. Fit the red cutout into the gap of the blue layer. Spread jam on surface.

    7. Repeat steps 2 ??? 6 alternating the red and white stripes, for a total of 7 stripes, ending with a red stripe on top of the cake. There will be one unused white layer that won't be needed.

    8. Important: mark the plate with a small piece of tape to know where the top 7 red and white stripes are, so you know where to make your first slice. Once the cake is covered with buttercream, it will be hard to know where the stripes are.

    9. Frost cake with buttercream and decorate as desired.

    10. To serve, use your marker to gauge where the first slice should be. The first slice should be somewhere in the middle of the 7 red and white layers. From there, slice the cake to the left, clockwise, if the cutouts are in the shape of a keyhole or triangle. If you used a circle, it will not matter which direction the cake is sliced.

    For a 5-layer cake:

    1. Start by placing a red cake layer on a flat plate. Spread jam evenly. Place a white cake layer on top and again spread jam evenly on surface.

    2. Take a blue layer and cut from the center to the edge, using a cookie cutter in the shape of a keyhole. Second option: if you don't have a keyhole shaped cookie cutter, cutting out a triangle shape with a knife would also work. Third option: use a round cookie cutter about 3 inches in diameter and simply remove the center of the blue layer.

    3. Keep the outer ring of the blue layer for the cake.

    4. Take a red layer and using any one of the 3 options in step 2 above, cut out the same shape that was done previously for the blue layer. Keep the small cutout piece for the cake. The outer ring will not be needed.

    5. Place the blue layer on the cake. Spread jam on the surface and on the edges where the red layer will fit to make sure the two pieces adhere.

    6. Fit the red cutout into the gap of the blue layer. Spread jam on surface.

    7. Repeat steps 2 ??? 6 alternating the red and white stripes, ending with a red stripe on top of the cake.

    8. Important: mark the plate with a small piece of tape to know where the top 3 red and white stripes are, so you know where to make your first slice. Once the cake is covered with buttercream, it will be hard to know where the stripes are.

    9. Frost cake with buttercream and decorate as desired.

    10. To serve, use your marker to gauge where the first slice should be. The first slice should be somewhere in the middle of the 3 red and white layers. From there, slice the cake to the left, clockwise, if the layers are in the shape of a keyhole or triangle. If you used a circle, it will not matter which direction the cake is sliced.

    Notes

    Tips: To get cake layers as evenly as possible in height, use a food scale. Before mixing, weigh empty mixing bowl and write down the weight. Once batter is complete and mixed, place the mixing bowl filled with batter on the food scale and write down the weight. To get the weight of the batter, subtract the weight of the bowl when it was empty from the weight of the bowl and batter. Divide the difference by however many cake pans being used and write down this number which will be the weight of batter for each pan. Place an empty baking pan on the food scale and tare the weight of the pan down to zero. Then add batter to equal the calculated batter weight for each pan.

    Recipe courtesy of Sugarywinzy.com.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: flour, baking powder, unsalted butter, sugar, eggs, milk, vanilla extract, food color, vanilla

    Course: Dessert


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