Flag Cake

flag cake

flag cakeHere is the flag cake I promised you last week in my blog! Not only is it a pretty cake, it is a refreshing one as well, perfect for those hot July barbeques that will be taking place pretty soon…

Please don’t be intimidated by the length of the directions!¬† ūüôā It’s not a difficult cake to make, maybe a little time consuming though with the gelatin involved, so please allow yourself adequate time to assemble it.

I wish you all a happy and¬†safe 4th of July! And with all our celebrating, let’s be sure to remember why we are celebrating…

Patriotic Flag Cake

To make this cake you will need:

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 2 – 18.25 oz. boxes of white cake mix and the ingredients to make the cakes…

      3 Р3 oz. boxes of strawberry gelatin

      2- 3 oz. boxes of blue berry gelatin

      3 Р8 oz. containers of non-dairy whipped topping, thawed

      1 Р8 oz. pkg. cream cheese at room temperature

To get started, lay an 8 inch round cake pan on top of a piece of paper and trace around it.

pattern for July 4th flag cake

Then take a ruler and measure in from¬†the circle’s outer edge, ¬†2 inches and make a dot…

pattern for July 4th flag cake

Do this several times until you can begin to connect all the dots…

pattern for July 4th flag cake

Finish connecting all the dots until you have drawn a complete circle inside of the outer circle you traced. Cut out the inner circle with a scissors and set it aside. ( I apologize for any confusion from my photo below. For some reason, I cut out the outer circle too. Just cut out the inner mini-circle, that is the only circle you will need for this…)

pattern for July 4th flag cake

Make 8 squares of foil about 12×12 inches. Press 1 square of foil into the 8 inch round pan. Remove. You should now have a crisp round-shaped foil pan.

Repeat this process until you have made 7 foil pans…

aluminum foil pan for July 4th flag cake

Then take the last square of foil and press it into the round pan but do not remove it.

foil lined pan for July 4th flag cakeGenerously spray all of the foil pans with cooking spray.

Prepare one white cake mix according to the directions on the box. Then measure out 3/4 cup of batter and pour this amount into one of the foil pans. Spread it out evenly over the bottom of the pan, being careful not to disturb the round foil shape. Place the foil pan on a cookie sheet…

cake batter for July 4th flag cake

…and then place in a 350 degree oven and bake for about 12 minutes or until done. Let cool completely and do not remove from the foil. Repeat this process until you run out of batter. You should be able to make 6 foil pans of batter with this one cake mix.

If you have 2 cookie sheets, alternate using them to bake the cakes. Doing it this way will prevent the bottom of the cakes from baking too quickly because they are on a hot surface. If you only have one cookie sheet, remove the baked cake from the hot cookie sheet and let it cool down before using it again.

Meanwhile, prepare another cake mix and once again measure out the 3/4 cup of batter and pour it into the 7 th pan. Bake in similiar manner as above. Place the remaining batter into the round pan that has been lined with the foil. Bake this layer for about 35 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

You will notice that the cake layers appear bumpy and uneven on top. When the cakes have completely cooled, take a sharp serrated knife and skim off the tallest bumps of cake so that the layers will be more uniform in thickness…bending the foil down around the cake edges will help you accomplish this, but fold the foil edges up around the cake again when you are finished skimming the cake.

July 4th flag cake

Prick the thick layer of cake and just 4 of the thin cakes with a fork…

July 4th flag cake

Into a medium-sized bowl, place:

      3 Р3 oz. boxes of strawberry gelatin

Add 3 cups boiling water and stir until gelatin has been dissolved. Add 1 cup of cold water, stir and then let mixture sit on the counter for 15-30 minutes. Stirring occasionally to cool it down.

Into another bowl, place:

      2 boxes of blue berry gelatin

Add 2 cups boiling water and stir until gelatin has been dissolved. Add 1 cup of cold water. Stir and then let sit on the counter for 15-30 minutes. Stirring occasionally.

Pour about 1 cup of the strawberry gelatin mixture evenly over 1 of the fork-pricked  thin  layer cakes. Repeat this process with the other 3 thin cakes. The 4 cakes should now be saturated with the red gelatin mixture. Slide each of the cakes( still in the foil pan) onto a large dinner plate and place them into the refrigerator to set up. Cover the plain white cake layers and set them aside.

Slowly and evenly pour the entire blue gelatin mixture over the top of the thick cake layer and then place this into the refrigerator to completely set up. (I like to let the cakes sit overnight in the refrigerator to be sure they are good and firm before beginning to assemble the cake)

Assembling the cake:

Remove one of the strawberry gelatin cakes from the foil and place it on your serving plate. Open¬†1 of the 3 containers of whipped topping and spread a thin layer of¬†topping over the cake…

July 4 th flag cake

Then invert one of the plain white cake layers onto the strawberry cake layer,  and then gently press down to remove any air pockets. Spread a thin layer of whipped topping over this layer.

Repeat this process with another gelatin layer. Then repeat with another layer of white cake…

Place the mini paper circle (you cut out) into the exact center of the blue gelatin cake layer and carefully cut around the paper with a knife, being sure that the knife is straight and that you have cut through the entire layer of cake to the bottom.

jello cake for July 4th flag cake

Remove the paper circle¬†and then make two cuts into the outer round cake ring so that it appears to be “cut in half”…

jello cake

Place a piece of waxed paper on the counter and remove one of the strawberry gelatin cakes from the foil and place  it on the waxed paper. Spread a thin layer of whipped topping over it. Then position a plain white cake layer on top then spread another thin layer of whipped topping over that. Take another strawberry cake and put it on the top.

Then, take a scissors and trim 1/4 inch off the mini paper circle so that it is slightly smaller…

pattern for jello poke cake

Place this cut out in the center of the layered strawberry and plain¬†cakes ( on the waxed paper)…

strawberry jello cake

…and cut around it, being careful that your knife is straight and that you have cut through the entire cake to the bottom.

Make cuts in the outer ring of cake and remove the chunks of cake so that the little round center layer cake is exposed…

strawberry gelatin flag cake

Spread a thin layer of whipped topping over¬† the strawberry cake ( on the serving plate) and taking a spatula, place the mini round cake in the exact center of the strawberry cake (on the serving plate)…

freedom cake

Spread a thin layer of whipped topping around the mini center cake…

holiday cake

Carefully pick up¬†1 of the¬†halves of the blue cake and place¬†it around the mini cake and gently push it into the mini center cake…

4th of July cake

Before you place the other half on the cake, bring the half up to the cake and look to see if it needs to be trimmed. If the half seems to appear too long to fit, lay it down again and trim the ends off the half-cake ring so that it will fit snugly against the mini cake (you may have to trim a couple of inches off to get it to fit)…that’s what I’m attempting to show in the photo below! ūüôā

jello poke cake

After both halves have been placed on the cake, trim any excess off the layers so that the cake is level on top…

flag cake

In the photo above, you can see that the blue cake was significantly higher than the mini center strawberry cake. So I just took a knife and started to trim off the excess blue cake so that both the strawberry and blue cakes were level.

Okay, now it’s time to frost the cake!

Into a large mixing bowl place:

      1 Р8 oz. pkg of cream cheese at room temperature

      2 cups non dairy whipped topping

Beat until smooth and creamy, fold in the rest of the whipped topping ( so that you are using up all 3 containers of whipped topping).  Frost the cake and then place the cake into the refrigerator until you are ready to serve it. Enjoy!

Happy 4th of July!!