Dessert, Fourth of July

Easy American Flag Cake with Whipped Cream for July 4th

Celebrate the Fourth of July with an easy American Flag Cake made with colorful cake batter and topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit.

This fun and festive cake uses fresh fruit and whipped cream icing to create an American Flag design. Inside the cake is dyed red, white, and blue to make the perfect patriotic dessert. This is a cold cake, so it’s perfect for a hot summer cookout or party dessert. Use your favorite boxed cake mix to save yourself time and stress! It tastes just as good as a made-from-scratch cake anyway!

American Flag Cake decorated with blueberries and strawberries on a red striped background.

This easy American Flag Cake will surely be your new favorite dessert for the Fourth of July! It’s easy, affordable, and delicious!

Ingredients for an American Flag Cake

  • White or Vanilla Box Cake Mix – White or vanilla boxed cake mix is ideal for this recipe. It is a great base for dying the batter blue and red. Plus, classic vanilla cake is delicious! I especially love Betty Crocker.
  • Gel Food Coloring – Color the cake batter using red and blue food coloring. This helps the cake look more festive when it’s cut. Use gel food coloring to prevent the batter from thinning.
  • Whipped Cream – Cool Whip whipped topping is easy for this recipe, but homemade fresh whipped cream works well too. Whipped cream is light and fluffy and not overly sweet like a cream cheese frosting.
  • Blueberries – Fresh blueberries make up the blue portion of the flag for this American flag sheet cake.
  • Strawberries – Slice fresh berries into thin pieces and use them for the red stripes on the flag.
One slice of red, white, and blue American Flag Cake topped with strawberries on a white plate with a fork.

How to Make an American Flag Cake

This simple flag cake recipe is a great dessert for any July 4th or Memorial Day celebrations. It’s a light dessert thanks to the whipped cream frosting and fresh fruit.

Step One – Follow the directions for the cake mix to determine the amount of eggs and vegetable oil you need to create a cake batter. 

Step Two – Divide the cake batter into three equal sections in separate bowls. Add red gel food coloring to one bowl and blue gel food coloring to the other bowl. Mix the batter until it reaches the desired shades of red and blue.

Step Three – Scoop the batter into a greased 9 x 13-inch pan. Alternate the colors so there will be a bit of each color in almost every bite.

Step Four – Once all of the batter is in the cake pan, drag a toothpick through the batter. Use the toothpick to “swirl” the batter. Don’t mix the batter, just gently swirl the toothpick through it.

Step Five – Bake the cake according to the directions on the box of cake mix. After the cake finishes baking, allow it to cool completely.

Step Six – Gently remove the cake from the baking pan and place it on a serving platter or wooden board covered in plastic wrap or parchment paper.

Step Seven – Frost the red, white, and blue cake with a container of whipped cream using an offset spatula or knife. Then place the cake in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill the whipped cream.

Arrange the Fruit to Create a US Flag Design

Step Eight – Remove the stems from the fresh strawberries. Slice the strawberries vertically into thin 1/4″ slices. 

Step Nine – Remove the cake from the refrigerator and decorate it like an American flag. In the upper left corner of the cake create a row of seven blueberries without space between them. Then arrange a column of five blueberries under each of the berries in the row. This is the blue portion of the flag.

American Flag Cake decorated with blueberries and strawberries on a wooden serving platter.

Step Ten – Lay the strawberry slices across the top of the cake. The strawberries should slightly overlap so the pattern is full. 

Step Eleven – Leave about an inch of white space between the first row of strawberries and the second. The bottom of the second row should line up with the bottom of the blueberry area.

Step Twelve – Lay out another two rows of strawberries across the entire cake leaving 1-inch white stripes between each row.

Leave the cake in the refrigerator until it’s time to serve so the whipped cream doesn’t melt.

FAQ’s

Can I Use Different Fruit?

Blackberries are a great alternative to blueberries for the blue portion of the flag. 
Rows of raspberries are a great alternative to strawberries for the red stripes. 
You can also elevate the look of the cake by piping a border around the edges using a large pastry bag. Or sprinkle a bit of powdered sugar over the entire thing.

Can I Make This Gluten Free?

Absolutely! Use your favorite gluten-free cake flour mix for the sheet cake and dye the batter using gluten-free food coloring. Watkins is a gluten-free food coloring brand at Target. Cool Whip is a gluten-free brand as well.

American Flag Cake decorated with blueberries and strawberries on a wooden serving platter.

How to Store Leftover American Flag Cake

Store any leftover cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This cake needs to be refrigerated due to the whipped cream frosting. The cake will remain fresh for 2-3 days in the fridge, but keep in mind moisture and colors from the fruit may leak into the icing.

The American Flag Cake is festive and beautiful. It’s the perfect dessert for any Fourth of July party.

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American Flag Cake decorated with blueberries and strawberries on a wooden serving platter.

American Flag Cake

Celebrate the Fourth of July with an easy American Flag Cake made with colorful cake batter and topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Baked Goods
Servings 10 people

Equipment

  • offset spatula

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box white cake mix Plus additional ingredients listed on the box
  • 1 tsp red gel food coloring
  • 1 tsp blue gel food coloring
  • 8 oz whipped cream
  • 2 cups strawberries sliced
  • 1 cup blueberries

Instructions
 

  • Create a white cake batter following the directions on the box of cake mix.
  • Divide the cake batter into three equal sections in separate bowls. Add red gel food coloring to one bowl and blue gel food coloring to the other. Mix the batter until it reaches the desired shades of red and blue.
  • Scoop the batter into a greased 9 x 13-inch pan. Alternate the colors so there will be a bit of each color in almost every bite.
  • After the batter is in the cake pan, drag a toothpick through the batter to swirl it. Don't mix the batter, gently swirl.
  • Bake the cake according to the directions on the box of cake mix. Then allow it to cool completely.
  • Frost the cake with whipped cream then set in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the strawberry stems and slice them vertically into thin 1/4" slices. 
  • Remove the cake from the refrigerator and create a row of seven blueberries without space between them in the top left corner.
  • Then arrange a column of five blueberries under each of the berries in the row. This is the blue portion of the flag.
  • Lay the strawberry slices overlapping across the top of the cake.
  • Leave about an inch of white space between the first row of strawberries and the second. The bottom of the second row should line up with the bottom of the blueberries.
  • Lay out another two rows of strawberries across the length of the cake leaving 1-inch white stripes between each row.
  • Store in the refrigerator until it's time to serve.
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