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This red, white and blue American flag cake will be perfect for the 4th of July dessert. We start with a strawberry cake and then add Cool-Whip, fresh blueberries and strawberries. It is simple to do. Ideal for all summer picnics, Memorial Day and Labor Day too!
American flag cake
Poke cakes have been very popular for years. My family really enjoys my Boston Cream Poke Cake, Caramel Apple Poke Cake, and also in the fall a delicious Pumpkin Caramel Poke Cake. Several American vacations are fast approaching and this American flag cake It is the perfect complement to any party. Such a fun holiday dessert. The recipe is easy and has red, white and blue colors. Fresh fruit and Cool-Whip topping keep the cake light, making it ideal for hot summer days. I have something to say about mixing fruit with the cake, it's delicious. All berries are in season now too! Strawberries, blueberries, and even raspberries can help make a colorful cake for a Fourth of July dessert.
See how the cake mixes with the strawberry jelly? That is the power behind a push cake. If you don't know much about cakes, they are actually pretty easy.
What are Poke cakes?
A push cake is simply a baked cake in which you make holes. After making the holes in the cake, the cake is filled with a liquid of some kind. In this case, we use strawberry jelly for our American flag cake. Of course, you can also put other delicious things in the holes. Think puddings, strawberry filling, chocolate, and even fruit puree.
Many cakes are covered with whipped topping, like this American flag cake. Many other poke cake recipes call for a traditional buttercream frosting. You might consider making a simple cheesecake frosting or even buying from the store to keep this cake simple. The whiter the coverage, the better. White makes the color of the berries stand out.
As you can see, the finished product is beautiful. The whipped topping, fruit, and cake taste delicious. If you showed up at a party with this cake, I think you would be considered a hero for the day. Yes, it draws attention and is quite tasty.
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If you're looking for recipes that will rock your vacation, check out these other red, white, and blue desserts I've shared:
- Red, White and Blue Firecracker Cups
- Berry cheesecake salad
- Red, white and blue cheesecake bites
How to Make an American Flag Cake
The beginning of this recipe requires you to make a boxed cake mix. I guess you could also make a homemade white cake. But, I like to keep these cakes simple and less time consuming. Be sure to follow the instructions on the box. If your mix requires whole eggs, just use the whites. The yolk of the egg will give your cake a yellow tint and we want the cake to be as white as possible.
You will then pour the dough into a 9X13 greased and floured cake pan. While you can do it in a circular tray, it may not have the same visual appeal as a rectangular tray.
While the cake is baking, I sliced the strawberries lengthwise. Yes, you will also find me filling my mouth with all these wonderful berries.
After taking the cake out of the oven to cool, this is where you make the jelly. We use 1 cup of boiling water and beat until dissolved. Then add 1/2 cup of cold water, beat a little more.
You can let your kids help you with this part of the push cake. Using a fork, holes are made in the cake. This is simple and fun. I add quite a few holes. Pushing more allows the red jelly to be more visible.
Ah! Now pouring the jelly into the holes, this is fun! Watch the liquid disappear into the holes. Of course, the final product is even cooler.
After adding the jelly, I like to cool the cake. Cooling allows the gelatin to settle in the holes and settle.
I use Cool-Whip for this poke cake. Homemade whipped topping could also be used. I prefer stabilized Cool-Whip for summer parties, as it stays stabilized in warm weather for much longer than traditional whipped cream.
Now the blueberries are passing. You can channel your inner kiddo and place berries on the cake. Berries not only look delicious, but will also help the cake taste delicious.
Those strawberries you cut earlier will go to work here. This is really where this 4th of July cake becomes a work of art. So patriotic!
American flag cake
This red, white and blue American flag cake will be perfect for the 4th of July dessert. We start with a strawberry cake and then add Cool-Whip, fresh blueberries and strawberries. It is simple to do. Ideal for all summer picnics, Memorial Day and Labor Day too! Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 25 minutes Total time 40 minutes Servings: 12 servings
- 1 box of White Cake Mix plus box of ingredients
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 3-oz box strawberry jelly mix
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 8 oz frozen thawed topping thawed
- 1 pint of blueberries
- 1 quarter strawberry
- Prepare the cake mix (following the instructions for egg whites only) in a 13 × 9 ”cake pan.
- Let cool for 20 minutes.
- Mix the gelatin mixture with boiling water in a large cup.
- Add cold water and mix well.
- Push the top of your cake with a fork.
- Slowly pour the gelatin mixture over the entire cake.
- Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to finish cooling.
- Spread the whipped topping evenly over the top of the cake.
- Place about 5 rows of 7 blueberries each in the upper left corner of the cake.
- Peel and cut the strawberries lengthwise.
- Add rows of overlapping strawberries to create the red stripes for the cake.
- Refrigerate the cake for another hour before serving.
Adapted from: Betty Crocker!
american flag cake