Veteran’s Day is approaching, so I wanted to make a special dessert to honor all the veterans. Of course the first thing I thought of for inspiration were the Red, White and Blue colors of our flag, the emblem of the our country.
A while back I learned from a 17 yr old girl how to make a round cake, that when cut looks like the American Flag, a recipe she learned from her father. I thought about making that same cake, and then realized that I could simplify the flag cake and make it more “flaglike” by having it be rectangular.
So here is what I came up with:
It is easier than you think to make an American flag cake. The important thing is to take your time and follow the steps. I made a video of how I put the cake together, unfortunately I am not sure I will have time to edit the video before Nov. 11 so here is at least a quick explanation of how to make a rectangular American Flag cake:
Ingredients for the American Flag cake:
- cake batter, enough for 3 vanilla cakes
- food coloring (red and blue)
- 3 loaf pans
- a long serrated knife
- a cake leveler
- a pastry brush
- a spatula
How to make a rectangular American Flag Cake:
Make enough batter for 3 vanilla cakes. Homemade cake will turn out sturdier, so it will be easier to maneuver and cut. However, boxed cake mix will work fine.
You would then need 3 boxes of white cake mix. If you use boxed cake mix, just make sure to use the pastry brush to brush away all the crumbs off the cakes so the colors stay separate.
Die the batter of one cake red and the batter of another cake blue. Keep one cake white. Gel food coloring will give you richer colors and you will use less coloring, however liquid coloring also works.
Follow the baking instructions on the box or if you make your own batter, you probably know how to bake a cake already. Once the cakes are done, wait for them to cool down completely.
Then remove them from the pans and level them with a serrated knife or better yet a cake leveler for ultimate precision. A cake leveler is a great and inexpensive tool that comes very handy when putting together layer cakes.
Using the leveler, slice the red cake and the white cake in half horizontally. Then take one layer of the red cake and the white cake and slice off a 2 inch wide bar vertically from each. This will leave you with a smaller rectangular cake layer. Discard the bars. Now, for the blue cake do the same but keep the square bar and discard the rectangle.
Spread buttercream on the largest layer of the white cake, then place the largest layer of the red cake on top. You will creating red and white stripes this way. Spread more buttercream on the top of the largest layer of white cake, then place the smallest layer of white cake on top making sure it is aligned with the rest of the layers. Spread more buttercream on top of the smallest layer of the red cake and place the smallest layer of the red cake on top. Then spread buttercream on the side of the two smallest layers of white and red cake and place the blue squared layer to complete the rectangle.
Then cover all the cake with buttercream and decorate. The idea of to array the layers of the cake to resemble the stars and stripes and you can adorn it however you see fit.
This cake is a fun way to celebrate Veteran’s Day (or the 4th of July), and while it does not equal the sacrifice and commitment that our Veteran’s have made for us, at least it is a gesture of pride for what they have done and a something sweet to accompany their day.