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Dress Up Your Independence Day Picnic Table with an Edible Flag Cake Centerpiece from Taste of Home

Taste of Home Flag Cake
Taste of Home

Wanna WOW your picnic guests this 4th of July?  It’s easy A N D edible with Taste of Home‘s Flag Cake. Picnics are a staple of the Independence Day celebration and this make-a-head cake will allow you time to work on the rest of the food for the picnic!  Oh, and just in case it rains, I’ve included a bonus Fourth of July Pizza Recipe too.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 package French vanilla cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 4 eggs

FILLING

  • 1 package (3 ounces) berry blue gelatin
  • 1-1/2 cups boiling water, divided
  • 1 cup cold water, divided
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 package (3 ounces) strawberry gelatin
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries

FROSTING

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme

DIRECTIONS

  • Line a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan with waxed paper and grease the paper; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the first four ingredients; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Transfer cake to a covered cake board. Using a small knife, cut out a 5-in. x 4-in. rectangle (1/2 in. deep) in the top left corner of cake, leaving a 1/2-in. border along edges of cake. For red stripes, cut out 1/2-in. wide rows (1/2 in. deep), leaving a 1/2-in. border. Using a fork, carefully remove cut-out cake pieces.
  • In a small bowl, dissolve berry blue gelatin in 3/4 cup boiling water. Pour 1/2 cup cold water into a 2-cup measuring cup; add enough ice cubes to measure 1-1/4 cups. Stir into gelatin until slightly thickened. Scoop out and discard any remaining ice cubes. Repeat, making strawberry gelatin.
  • In a small bowl, combine strawberries and 1 cup strawberry gelatin. In another bowl, combine blueberries and 1 cup blue gelatin. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or just until soft-set. (Save remaining gelatin for another use.)
  • Stir gelatin mixtures. Slowly pour blueberry mixture into rectangle; spoon strawberry mixture into stripes.
  • In a large bowl, beat butter until fluffy; beat in the confectioners’ sugar and milk until smooth. Add marshmallow creme; beat well until light and fluffy. Spread 1 cup over sides and top edge of cake. Refrigerate remaining frosting for 20 minutes.
  • Cut a small hole in the corner of pastry or plastic bag; insert a large star tip. Fill the bag with remaining frosting. Pipe frosting in between rows of strawberry gelatin and around edges of cake. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until gelatin is set. Yield: 15 servings.

Just in case it rains or you’re not the outdoor eating type.  Here’s a Fourth of July Pizza Recipe from Taste of Home.  It has the appearance of a flag and the taste of pizza that your family will love, plus, the kids will have fun helping you make it!

Fourth of July Pizza Recipe

 

 

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