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The 4th of July is a great holiday for summer fun, excitement and to celebrate the Red, White and Blue.  It’s also the perfect time to show off your talents in a beautiful 4th of July cake!

So this year, how about baking a cake for your family gathering at the house, picnic in the park, or wherever you’ll be celebrating.  You can decorate your cake with bright red, white and blue colors that your friends and family will absolutely love.

Need some ideas?  Scroll down this page and you’ll find some really great Fourth of July cakes including photos, how to videos, tools, ingredients you’ll need and easy to follow directions.

Some are easy, some not so easy, but I’m sure you will find just the right one for you.   Enjoy and Happy 4th of July!

July 4th Cake

Red, White and Blue Star Cake

This cake is cleverly designed with fresh berries.  It’s a great cake to make if you are a beginner cake decorator, because the only piping you need to do is the white stars and even if you’ve never decorated anything before, you can do it…stars are as easy as squeezing the bag.
And other than that, all you need to do is get a star shaped cake pan, some blueberries, slice up some strawberries and there you have it!  You’ve got your red, white and blue!  Gorgeous!

Things You’ll Need:

  • Star Cake Pan
  • Disposable Piping Bags
  • Star Tip #18

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans pre-made white decorating  frosting
  • 1 box white or yellow cake mix
  • 1 qt. fresh strawberries (or raspberries) washed
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries, washed
  • 1/3 cup apricot jelly, melted (optional)

Yield:  Serves 12.

Directions:

  • Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease your cake pan with Crisco and lightly dust with flour.
  • Prepare the cake mix as directed on the box and pour the batter into the pan.
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Let it cool in the pan, on the wire rack, for 10 minutes.
  • Then carefully remove it from the pan by inverting it onto the wire rack to finish cooling.
  • Carefully get the cake onto a serving plate.

Frost the Cake

  • Frost the cake with the white frosting.

Prepare the Strawberries

  • Now slice the strawberries lengthwise into 1/4-inch thick slices.

Time to Decorate

  • Looking at the picture, use a toothpick and lightly draw the shape of your star to follow.
  • Arrange the strawberries in two or three rows (depending on the size of the strawberries) on top of cake, starting on the outside edge, with the pointed ends pointing outward, as shown in photo.

Piping

  • Prepare your Piping bag with the star decorator tip #18, and fill it half way with the white frosting.
  • *Pipe stars (by squeezing out in one spot and lifting) and outline a smaller star shape next to the strawberries as seen in photo.
  • Then pipe a second row of stars alongside the first row of stars.

Blueberries

  • Carefully place dry blueberries inside the frosting star outline, being careful not to drip any blueberry juice on the white frosting.
  • Optional – brush the blueberries with the melted jelly.

Decorate Border

  • With your piping bag, decorate the border with more stars by going along the outside edges.

*How to Make Stars:  Using a disposable decorating bag and star tip 18, hold bag straight up and down, squeeze until a star is formed, then stop squeezing, before you pull up.

 

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Fruit Top Flag Cake

A sheet cake of Old Glory is the perfect cake to bring to your 4th of July celebration.  This cake is also decorated with fresh fruit and is a lot of fun to make.  Here’s a How To video.  Recipe below.

 

 

Things You’ll Need:

  • Large rectangle red, white or blue serving plate
  • Wax paper
  • Serrated knife
  • Spatula
  • Toothpicks
  • Large pastry bag
  • Star tip
  • White cake mix or your favorite cake recipe
  • 12″ x 18″ sheet cake pan
  • 1 1/2 pints blueberries washed
  • 1 1/2 pints strawberries or raspberries washed
  • 6 cups white frosting

Directions

  • Make your favorite cake recipe or cake mix and pour into a 12″ x 18″ cake pan.
  • Hull and cut strawberries in half
  • When the cake has cooled, put it on the serving plate.
  • Put wax paper under the edges of the cake to protect the serving plate from getting any frosting on it.
  • Frost the cake with vanilla or cream cheese frosting, whipped cream, or whipped topping, saving enough to use for piping the stars.
  • Remove the wax paper.
  • With a toothpick, outline the pattern of the flag lightly, there will be 13 stripes.
  • Fill in the upper left hand corner star section of the flag with a layer of blueberries.
  • Place a row of strawberries or raspberries along the top of the cake to make the first red stripe of the flag.
  • Pipe a row of white stars below the first row of raspberries to make the first white stripe.
  • Repeat, until you have 7 red, and 6 white stripes.
  • Finish by piping a star border around the bottom edge.

Serve or refrigerate until ready to serve.

 

Flag Ice Cream Cake

Like the idea of a flag cake but don’t want to use fruit?  Okay, well here you go!  This cake is not only red, white and blue on top, but all the way through!

The top and bottom layers are made by tinting the cake batter and the middle layer is vanilla ice cream.  How cool is that!  No pun intended…ha ha.  :)

Let’s get started!

Things You’ll Need

  • 2 white cake mixes or doubled white cake recipe
  • Softened vanilla ice cream
  • Buttercream frosting using 1/2 shortening to keep it more white
  • Red food coloring
  • Blue food coloring
  • 9 x 13 sheet cake pan or the stars and stripes cake pan from Wilton
  • #16 star tip
  • #21 star tip
  • Spatula
  • Cake board
  • Fancy foil wrap
  • Sharp knife

Directions

Red Cake

  • Mix the cake batter using a mix or your favorite recipe.
  • Tint it bright red with red food coloring.
  • Pour into greased cake pan to 2/3 full.
  • Bake according to box or recipe instructions.
  • Cool and remove from pan.
  • Wash and dry the pan.

Blue Cake

  • Prepare the blue cake as above using blue food coloring.
  • Bake according to your recipe or cake mix and cool.
  • Remove from pan and wash it.

Ice cream cake

  • Now line the pan with plastic wrap
  • Fill completely with softened ice cream, smoothing the top with a spatula.
  • Put in freezer and freeze until firm.

Assemble layers

  • Wrap the cake board with the fancy foil.
  • With a serrated knife or cake leveler, trim off the tops of the cakes so they are flat.
  • Put the blue cake on the cake board.
  • Remove the ice cream cake from the pan and place on top of the blue cake.
  • Trim with knife so that the layers are flush.
  • Place the red cake on top of the ice cream layer.
  • Trim sides if necessary.

Frosting the Cake

  • Frost the sides of the cake with butter cream frosting and smooth with spatula.
  • Using a toothpick, draw an outline for your flag pattern.
  • With the #16 tip, pipe blue stars as seen in photo.
  • With the #21 tip, pipe white stars on top as seen in photo.
  • Then pipe alternating red and white curved stripes on remainder of the cake, as seen in photo.
  • With the #21 star tip, pipe the star border along the bottom of the cake, next to the plate.

Freeze until ready to serve.

Remove cake from the freezer 10 – 15 minutes before serving.

Yield: Serves 24

 

 

Independence Day Cake

This two tiered Fourth of July cake is really cute.  If you like decorating with fondant and you have a few mouths to feed, this cake is sure to satisfy your hungry crowd.  Not to mention how impressed they’ll be…I mean, just look at it.  It’s an awesome 4th of July cake, isn’t it?

Okay, so here’s what you’ll need:

Directions

Make the Stars

  • Two days before baking the cake, make the stars.
  • Color the fondant; 48 oz. royal blue, 18 oz. red, leave the rest white.
  • Roll out the fondant and use the cut outs to make 3 large and 4 medium stars in blue, and then 3 medium and 4 small stars in white.
  • Using a damp brush, attach the white stars to the blue ones.
  • Now with the alphabet cut outs, cut red letters U, S, and A.
  • Attach them to the stars with the damp brush.
  • Let these dry for 48 hours.
  • The remaining fondant will be used on the cake.

Attach to Lollipop Sticks

  • Take a small amount of white fondant and add a little water to thin it out a bit.
  • Use it to attach the stars to lollipop sticks.
  • Lay them down on wax paper to dry.

Cakes

  • Bake the 6 and 10″ cakes using a white cake mix or your favorite recipe.
  • Let cool completley.
  • Prepare them for fondant by applying a crumb coating (very thin layer) of buttercream frosting on each one.
  • Roll out the blue fondant, cover each of the cakes and smooth out with a smoother tool.
  • Now stack the 6″ cake on top of the 10″ cake.  Make sure it’s centered by turning it around. (this is where the turntable comes in handy)
  • Roll out white fondant and cut out the medium white stars.
  • Attach them randomly to sides and tops with a damp brush.

Making the Drapes

  • There are two drapes.  One will go on the top tier and one will go on the bottom tier.  See photo.
  • First drape: Roll out white fondant and cut out a 16″ x 7″ piece.
  • Then roll out red fondant and cut 16″ x 3/4″ strips.
  • Attach the red strips to the white piece with the damp brush, spacing evenly.
  • Now with the rolling pin carefully roll on top of the red strips to attach them.
  • Let it dry for a minute or two.
  • Gather the red and white drape and carefully position it starting in the center of the top layer, sweeping down and around to the bottom of the top cake.
  • Gather in the folds and pinch together at the end, see photo.
  • Second drape:  Roll out and cut an 18″ x 7″ piece of white fondant.
  • Roll out red fondant and cut 18″ x 3/4″ strips.
  • Repeat above steps and carefully position the drape starting at the bottom of the first drape and coming down and around in the opposite direction to the bottom. See photo above.

Top it off

  • Get your star lollipos and insert them into the top of the cake, spelling USA evenly with the other stars as seen in the photo.

Ta daaaa!  You’re done! Let me know how it turned out!  :)

 


Uncle Sam Cake

This cake is baked in a flower pot cake pan and piped with buttercream frosting using star tips.  The novice cake decorator will have no problems making this cake.  Isn’t it so cute?!?

Things You’ll Need:

  • Copper food coloring for light skin tone
  • Red food coloring
  • Buttercream frosting
  • Cornstarch
  • Flower Pot Pan
  • #10 star tip
  • #21 star tip
  • Toothpick
  • Cake board
  • Fancy foil wrap

Directions:

  • Make your buttercream frosting using your favorite recipe.
  • Mix up the 3 colors in separate bowls.
  • Frost the round area with the skin tone color frosting for the face and smooth with hot water and a spatula.
  • With a toothpick, lightly mark where you will make the eyes, nose, mouth, and hair.
  • Using tip #21, create the mustache, beard and eyebrows by piping long curved lines with white frosting, as seen in photo.
  • With the blue frosting and using tip #10, make the eyes.
  • With skin colored frosting, make the nose and for the mouth, do a string and then dip your finger in cornstarch and pat smooth.
  • Now make the hat with tip #21 stars in alternating red and white stripes as seen in photo.
  • Last, pipe a zigzag brim with the blue frosting and tip #21 and then go over it again to make it stand out.

Yield:  Serves 12

 

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