I love to bake, although I don't do it often enough! Last year I spent the 4th of July with a good friend and her family and found the perfect cake to make for the party - a flag cake! It's a round cake that looks unassuming covered with frosting before it's cut, but when you slice into it... ta-da!
This flag cake starts with 3 round cakes: one red, one white, and one blue. I used boxed white cake mixes and added gel food coloring which creates more vibrant colors than the liquid food coloring. The rest of the cake is simple assembly - cutting and pasting with a knife and frosting instead of scissors and glue :)
I saw this cake on a blog called 17 and Baking and found a video of the blog author demonstrating how to make the cake on a Seattle news website. You can view the video HERE. There is a link to the recipe/directions below the video.
It is time consuming but the end product is totally worth the effort! There are a few things that I will change the next time I make this cake: 1) I will use ready-made icing instead of making my own 2) I will line the bottom and sides of the cake pans with parchment paper to avoid having to cut off a dark edging from each cake.
I'll be making this cake again next year when we're celebrating the 4th together in a new location :)