Happy Birthday America! Today is one of my fave holidays! (Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite) Today also means that my own birthday is just a week away!
Thank you to the lovely Emilia from Em B recommended that I write this post. I just have to give you guys a warning about the final results...my 3 nieces insisted on helping me with this cake when I was half way through. One of my nieces is 4 and the twins are 2. As soon as they saw me chopping the strawberries, they wanted in. Hahaha. I wouldn't change a thing thought. They got soooo excited and the oldest kept calling it her masterpiece. It's America's birthday cake. So let's start!
1. I totally used boxed red velvet cake. I can make a cake from scratch but it's way too much work when loads of people are at the house and you're limited on time. So I baked the cake according to the box and you can totally choose what flavor you want. Red velvet just happens to be a family favorite.
2. I used a sheet pan to bake my cake in. It's a nice rectangle so it's perfect for the flag. After baking, I transferred the cake to a cookie sheet with parchment paper underneath. The paper makes it for me to transfer it into a nice cake plate.
3. Next step is my favorite! We iced it!! You can use whip cream but since it's sooo hot I decided to use frosting. I didn't what the whip cream melting and making the cake mushy. I used a white color frosting because it's the white stripes in the flag.
4. Next up is fruit! I used blueberries and strawberries after I gave them a good wash and let them dry for a bit. For the stripes, I did cut the strawberries in half. It makes it easier to create the stripes. I did purchase white chocolate chips to use as stars but I ended up not using them. The girls and I just kept eating them!
5. Since I was creating this masterpiece with kids, it was easier for me to outline the square of the star portion of the flag with blueberries and tell the girls to place the blueberries in between the lines. I also started the stripes with strawberries and told them to continue to line them up.
6. And you're done! Enjoy the birthday cake!
Looking at our cake after it was done, we could have added more strawberries and our lines could have been better. At the end of the day, my nieces were sooo proud of themselves and honestly that means everything to me. We took loads of photos next to our masterpiece cake!
I was going to use a vanilla flavored cake so I wouldn't have to use frosting or whip cream and I was going to use bananas for the white portion of the flag. I decided against it because bananas start changing colors so quickly and get dark. Since we were eating the cake right away, I knew brown bananas were not going to look nice in our flag. I was also going to use white chocolate pretzels but just went with a simple cake.
Thank you so much for reading and for my American readers, have a happy and safe 4th. I can't wait to see the fireworks!