4th of July Flag Cake

I recently made a simple vanilla cake in preparation for 4th of July.  You know, just your average white cake…

with an American Flag inside!

Kind of cool, right?

I’ve seen this fun cake idea on several wonderful baking blogs.  The earliest post I found was from 17 and Baking, who credits her dad for the creative idea.

I opted for an extra simple decorating style on the outside of the cake, knowing the “wow factor” would be on the inside.  I made a sweet patriotic cake bunting using stripped paper straws, a little twine and some festive ribbon.

There are several different ways this could be done.  I assembled the cake using a slightly different technique than the original cake shown on 17 and Baking, but she has a video showing how she did hers, so you may want to check that out as a starting point.

~ How to put an American Flag inside a cake ~

I prepared a total of two Vanilla cake mixes (from a box- but feel free to use any Vanilla cake recipe you love).  Prepare two 8″ cake pans by coating with a small amount of butter and flour, and placing parchment paper in the bottom.  Prepare one batch of batter and color it red (I used Americolor super red gel).  Divide the batter equally and pour into the two prepared pans.  Bake as instucted by your recipe.

While the red cakes are baking, prepare another batch of batter.  Divide the batter into two bowls and color one of the bowls of batter blue (I used Americolor royal blue).  Leave the remaining bowl of batter uncolored.

When your red cakes have baked and cooled, remove from pans.  Wash and then prepare pans for the white and blue batter.  Bake.

However you get there, what you want to end up with is..

1- 8″ round blue cake

1- 8″ round white cake

2- 8″ round red cakes

(below I had already cut out a 4″ circle from one of the red cakes)


Slice the two red cake in half (horizontally), so you’ll have a total of 4 red layers.  Set aside one layer, this will not be used for the cake.  Cut a 4″ circle out of one of the layers.  So you want to have two 8″ round layers and one 4″ round layer.

Cut the white cake in half as well.  Then use a 4″ cookie cutter to cut a circle out of one of the halves.

Use a 4″ cookie cutter again (or make a 4″ circle of cardboard and use that as your template) to cut out the center of your blue cake.

You’re ready to assemble your cake when you have…

1 thick layer of blue, with the center cut out

2- 8″ layers of red

1- 4″ layer of red

1- 8″ layer of white

1- 4″ layer of white

Prepare a batch of Vanilla frosting. I used my favorite Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting recipe.

Assemble cake with a thin layer of frosting between each layer of cake, starting on the bottom with red cake, then white, then red, then blue.  Add some frosting along the inside “ring” of the blue cake to hold in the next two layer which will fit inside the opening.  Fill the hole in the blue cake with a 4″ round layer of with cake, some frosting, then the 4″ round of red.

Simple right??  Hopefully my photos explain it better than all the words!  Once assembled, frost the cake as desired.  Chill the frosted cake in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve it.  Then cut it open and smile at the pretty surprise inside.

 Happy Birthday my beloved U.S.A.!

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213 Responses to “4th of July Flag Cake”

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    Candace & Nicole — June 19, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    So, so, cute! I love everything about it. Thanks for sharing!

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    Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy. — June 19, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    WOW! Gorgeous cake! I am always amazed at how I am Baker does all of her surprise designs inside her cakes! You did a fantastic job as well! And now I'm off to 17 and baking to see more about her cakes too!

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    Karly — June 19, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    That is awesome, Glory! So fun!

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    SweetSugarBelle — June 19, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    This makes me a happy belle!

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    Joy Adams — June 19, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Wow. All I can say is wow. When I first say your cake, I thought, "I guess Glory is going simple this time". Then I scrolled down to see the masterpiece inside. What a fun surprise. I might have to try this myself.

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    Haniela — June 20, 2011 at 4:27 am

    omg, you are going to laugh, but I made something that looks just like a slice of you cake.;-)
    this looks wonderful!!!

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    SONIA — June 20, 2011 at 6:44 am

    Thenl you for a post, you are a genius ^_^ sorry for my bad english I'm a new your italian follower, bye!

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    Amanda — June 20, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Love that bunting! Great job Glory!

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    Cristin (Pinkie) — June 20, 2011 at 8:36 am

    WOW! Simply wow! I told my son, come see this cake and I kept the laptop on that first picture and I said isn't that amazing? and being the good boy he is, he said, yeah, it's really nice. Then I scrolled down to the next photo and there was the WOW, that IS amazing! Fun stuff! Thanks for sharing Glory!

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    Anonymous — June 20, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I will surprise everyone with this cake. Thank you for idea,

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    Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet — June 20, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Wow that looks exhausting to make but completely worth the effort. Look at those patriotic slices! and the bunting is sweet as well. Amazingly done.

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    Jill — June 20, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Wow…this is great!!

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    cookies and cups — June 20, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Love this!! awesome tutorial Glory!

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    Whimsy Cookie Co. — June 20, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    This is so fun!!! I may have to attempt to make! Thanks for sharing!

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    MyCakeSchool.com — June 20, 2011 at 5:44 pm


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    Jennifer O. Romeo and Mae — June 20, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    This is like the coolest cake ever!

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    Dana @TheSundaySweet — June 20, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    This is so RAD!!! I've been wanting to attempt a rainbow cake, but I might just have to try this first. I love it!!

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    *The Old Geezer — June 20, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Greetings from Southern California

    I am your newest follower. I invite you to visit TOGB and become a follower, if you want too.

    Take care and have a nice day :-)

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    Sandra Simmons — June 20, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Great job!

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    Danielle — June 20, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Lovely! 4th July this year is my 30th birthday! :) I love this cake it looks so great. But even more – I'm in LOVE with you cake stand!!! I recently found one but it costs sooo much to ship to Australia from the states. :(
    Love your work!

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    Cecilia — June 20, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    This is amazing! I love it! I really want to make this for our fourth of July! Thank you for this great idea! I love you!

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    Middleton Family — June 20, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Now that is cool! I think I might just do that this year!

  23. #
    Life-n-Reflection — June 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    congrats on your HGTV feature!! love it!

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    Phyllis {My Wedding Concierge} — June 22, 2011 at 9:24 am

    WOW! I LOVE it! Will have to make this with my daughter this 4th of July! Thank you for sharing!

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    Bridget — June 22, 2011 at 9:37 am


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    Ramblings of a Redhead — June 23, 2011 at 11:28 am

    That is amazing. Ok, I'm going to try it. If it shows up on cakewrecks…I'm terribly sorry.

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    Jenn — June 24, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Glory, this is awesome. I've seen the tutorial at 17 & baking and i am baker but yours is clearer (IMHO). I like the step by step photo, really help as I'm a visual learner.

    I'm going to try this next week :). So excited!

  28. #
    stacey — June 24, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Love it, I'm going to make one. Thanks!

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    The Busy Coconu — June 24, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    That's really cool!!!

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    Ed Iannuccilli — June 25, 2011 at 5:01 am

    We live on the parade route in Bristol, RI, where the longest running parade…>225 years takes place. The cake is perfect.

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    Erika@BeyondRubies — June 25, 2011 at 6:22 am

    This is great…I posted about it on my blog…couldn't resist.

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    MissHoneyVanity — June 25, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    THIS has got to be one of the cutest cakes I have ever seen *claps*

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    Holiday Snob — June 26, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    A-MAZ-ING! We just featured this on our blog!

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    Molly — June 27, 2011 at 7:18 am

    I feel like you're a magician that just revealed the secret behind her magic tricks! It's amazing how simply that cakes come together, when the wow factor is so huge. I'm so happy to have stumbled upon your blog, I'm a new follower! Now I have this cake and your mini donuts on my baking to-do list…

    xoxo Molly

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    Cara — June 27, 2011 at 8:03 am


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    jcp — June 28, 2011 at 8:30 am

    this is beautiful! so festive, i cannot wait to bake it! thanks for sharing!!!

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    Marie {Make and Takes} — June 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Oh my awesome! Such a fun cake!!

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    The Busy Coconut — June 28, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    This cake is so awesome! I have to put it on my to do wishlist.

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    My Picnic Basket — June 28, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    If I could carry my Kitchen Aid with me on the boat, I think I'd have to take a stab at this one. What an amazingly Patriotic idea! Love it1

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    Kim Griffiths — June 29, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Love it! Can't wait to try it. :)

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    Lacy — June 29, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    LOVE this! My son was born on the 4th of July. He will be 2 this year. He loves flags! I have been known to say I will make his b-day and the 4th two distinct celebrations. I may have to go back on my word and make this cake for his birthday this year and every year after. It is just that fabulous!

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    Nancy — June 29, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    That is AMAZING!!!

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    Groupdmt — June 30, 2011 at 3:27 am

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    Patricia Murphy — June 30, 2011 at 4:27 am

    I can't wait to see the look of surprise when this cake
    is cut. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful recipe!

    Here's a link for a "Fruity Sparkler" kabob you might
    enjoy from the EasyFunSchool site:

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    Michelle — June 30, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Did you make one or two batches of your vanilla cream cheese frosting? Your recipe says it's enough for a 2-layer 9" cake, but this is actually 3 layers so I'm wondering if I need to double the recipe? Also, I can only find 9" cake pans, not 8"– will that make a difference?

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    Glory/ Glorious Treats — June 30, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Michelle- I make just one batch of frosting and it was just enough, if you're in doubt you could make 1 and a half of the frosting recipe. The 9" pans will work, you layers will just be thinnner.

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    erin — June 30, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I love this! I'll be trying it this weekend. Hope mine turns out as lovely (best part is I own the same bright blue cake stand to put it on!)

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    FooDabbler — June 30, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Ok Glorious, I think this is the 20th time I've read over your recipe, LOVING it each time and I am publicly declaring my commitment to making it this weekend! Scares me, excites me, thrills me, challenges me… but I can do it I promise! Thanks for the beautiful blog! You're fabulous!

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    Allison @ Alli 'n Son — June 30, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    I LOVE this cake! Such a fun surprise when you cut into it.

    I'd love to have you share this recipe on Sweet Tooth Friday. I hope to see you there. http://alli-n-son.com/2011/06/30/4th-july-dessert-lemon-bars/

  50. #
    So Domesticated — June 30, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Love this cake… very patriotic!

  51. #
    invitation consultants — July 1, 2011 at 7:33 am

    VERY cool idea! and your tutorial makes it seem so easy!

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    Leah W — July 1, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Ooh… you'd have some of each color cake left over — totally calling cake pops for the extra.

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    TinaHB — July 1, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I have been making some sort of "red, white,and blue FLAG TOP decorated cakes, brownies, desserts for years BUT I have never thought of this!! You are a genius!! Thanks for the posting!! :)

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    Manhattanette — July 1, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Your photos turned out lovely! I am reblogging this on my blog nynewb.blogspot.com (and of course giving you credit!) because I love it so much :-) Have a great 4th of July weekend!

  55. #
    Anonymous — July 1, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    You stole this cake from 17 and baking and didnt give any credit. Asshole move.

  56. #
    Glory/ Glorious Treats — July 1, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Anonymous- Tempted to remove your rude comment… but apparently you're rude and can't read. I DID fully credit 17 and Baking- twice!

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    Sharnel — July 1, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    I love this Glory – so clever xxx

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    LovetoBake — July 1, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Funny-I actually found 17 and Baking BECAUSE of Glorys post about this cake and her links to 17's blog. So if u are throwing the A word around how bout putting a DUMB in front of it and referencing yourself Anonymous—try actually reading blogs as a hobby instead of criticizing them.

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    ~Just plain ol' me~ — July 1, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    @anonymous…I have some other words for you. Illiterate perhaps? Bitter, cowardly, ignorant. Does this sound familiar? Rather than read the post, you left a comment that leaves others with the impression that besides being all the things above, you have nothing better to do than troll the internet spreading misery.

    I too found 17 and Baking via Glorious Treats, and one of the first things I read when visiting her site was her suggestion, " Why not tackle my 4th of July Flag Cake? People have been making it ever since its creation 2 years ago. It's deceptively simple and always impressive. Check out the post for instructions, plus a video of me making it." Which is exactly what Glorious Treats did, with proper credit.

    Asshole comment.

  60. #
    Anonymous — July 1, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    I made this cake for a gathering if friends and used the extra cake scraps to assemble a second backwards cake. Love it!!

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    Anonymous — July 1, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    ooooooooh! I can leave anonymous comments too. You're an idiot and a jerk. She gave credit to the other girl…STUPID!

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    Knitrageous — July 1, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Geez…read the blog instead of just looking at the pictures. She gave full credit where it was due. Pretty brave to comment anonymous, isn't it.

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    Rhonda — July 2, 2011 at 4:12 am

    Oh my!!! This is so adorable!!! Ya know…I can do almost anything I put my mind to but baking has always stumped me! So seeing what you did with this cake is AMAZING to me!! Love it!!! Great job!!
    I am going to tweet about this!!
    I am your newest follower! I hope you will follow me too!

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    TidyMom — July 2, 2011 at 8:12 am

    just fabulous Glory!!

    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up today http://tidymom.net/2011/im-lovin-it-wrap-up-4th-of-july-ideas/

    Have a great holiday!

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    Liz @ Arty McGoo — July 2, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    I just finished making this gorgeous surprise layer cake and it's sitting in my fridge. Even though I know what lies beneath that creamy white layer, I still want to cut into that bad boy to see how it looks inside 😀
    I will try to hold myself back until Monday.

    Just a suggestion: For those of you making this with 9" pans and box cake mixes, use 3 boxes of mix. I made mine with 9" pans and only 2 mixes and it is fraught with dangerously thin, torte-like layers. It was a close call, but I think she'll make it. 3 mixes would have been perfect.
    Thanks so much for sharing this perfectly patriotic delight!

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    Anonymous — July 2, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    MY cake turned out perfect, and everyone was impressed. YAY

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    Allison — July 2, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    This is a really fun cake, although I had some bad "cake karma" today, and I had difficulty getting my cakes to rise enough. All that I have left is to ice the cake, though, and I am looking forward to surprising my friends who are coming over to celebrate the 4th with us! Thanks for presenting this – what a lovely way to tell our country happy birthday!

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    FooDabbler — July 2, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Did it! Thanks so much! Loved the process, and even more so the slicing and serving! Great fun!

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    the gracious gaze — July 3, 2011 at 5:47 am

    So wonderful! Your blog is awesome!

    I just linked to this post and used one of your photos, but please let me know if you'd prefer I take it down.


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    Czarina — July 3, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Nice work.(:
    I really love the inside.


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    CookiePie — July 3, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    That is truly amazing!!!

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    PaulB — July 3, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Okay, well I'm baking the cakes as we speak, I just hope that there is a 4" cookie cutter at the store or I'm gonna have to improvise!

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    Michelle — July 3, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    I've seen this cake reposted everywhere and it is just beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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    rachel — July 4, 2011 at 5:11 am

    thanks again for fabulous inspiration! I made three of these cakes this weekend, and they all came in to rave reviews!

    Credited you for the idea on my little blog:


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    Dawn's Recipes — July 4, 2011 at 6:22 am

    Beautiful cake! I just wanted to let you know I stumbled across you amazing photo on another site. I left them a comment that they should send credit your way, so hopefully they do the right thing and update their post. It's a popular site, so it would be great if they could send some traffic your way!

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    Anonymous — July 4, 2011 at 6:47 am

    Great Cake! Happy 4th to you Glory!

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    Glory/ Glorious Treats — July 4, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Rachel- Thanks so much for sharing! Your cake looks great!

    Dawn's recipes- Wow, you're so thoughtful to look out for me. Looks like they've added a link now (pretty low in the post- but better than nothing!). Thanks!

  78. #
    Madeline — July 4, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Doing this today. So excited. You're a genius.

    <3 Maddie

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    Laura C — July 4, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    I saw your webite a couple weeks ago, and knew I HAD to make this cake. Well, today is July 4th, and I surprised everyone with this beautiful cake, and they absolutely LOVED it! Thank you for such a wonderful idea!

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    lil misses' mama — July 4, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    just made our version of your lovely cake! everyone raved about the design and the surprise flag inside!! this may become our traditional fourth of july treat!

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    rowejones — July 4, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    simply 'Glorious'

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    Jody — July 4, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Made the cake for dinner tonight. I'm not a baker, but somehow I managed to get it together. Everyone was very surprised. My high school cousin was like, "Ohh, it's a flag!" LOL Thanks for posting!

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    Mommyof2girlz — July 5, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Simply amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

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    LL — July 5, 2011 at 11:28 am

    So fun it must have been to make. I'm inspired. Love the cake banner too! All of it…genius!

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    Patty Harris — July 5, 2011 at 11:34 am

    What a fun cake to make, look at, and eat!!
    Thank you for your inspiration!!

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    Anonymous — July 8, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I saw this cake on another blog and had to make it since we were going to a cookout and my son's birthday for the 4th. Just wanted something a little different. I did use 3 white box mixes with 9in pans. I was easier for me so I didn't have to measure the batter. It came out great and everyone was suprised when I cut the cake. Thank you for sharing the ideas.

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    Jamielyn@Iheartnaptime — July 11, 2011 at 10:58 am

    This is amazing.. and looks SO yummy!! Found it while stumbling.. thumbs up!

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    Melissa — July 12, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Oh that is so beautiful! I am from Australia and just adore your ideas, so happy I found "glorious treats" will have to follow everything you do from now on. Mmmm, I want to make that cake.

  89. #
    Miss Charming — September 11, 2011 at 9:30 am

    You did a wonderful job on this beautiful cake!

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    Emily — January 29, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Just saw this posted on pinterest. Love it!!

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    Sue — April 24, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Glory, I have a grandson that will celebrate his first birthday on July 4th, and this is the cake I will be making! It's perfectly beautiful!!! I need to make a little smash cake too…maybe just red, white and blue layers for that one:)

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    Sandi — May 14, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    For those mom's who have children born on the 4th of July. Let me tell you from experience this is the greatest day to have a b-day. My son also was born on the 4th of July and it was always such a festive bday celebration. He grew up thinking everyone in the world was celebrating his birthday. His own official colors were red white and blue. He is now 43 and he has always loved that his birthday was such a special day. For the lady who wanted to keep her son's birthday seperate from the holiday I say don't bother.

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    marla — June 26, 2012 at 12:24 am

    This is FABULOUS!! And I love the little bunting on top!

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    Bob M. — June 30, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    I only have 9 inch pans how big do I make the circle?

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    Karol — July 1, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    I am going to a 4th of July picnic next week & I’m going to try this!! Looks amazing!

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    Alec — July 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    About to put on my pinny and start cracking eggs. I’ll report back!


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    Alexis — July 2, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Hmm, I used 8″ pans and my layers are not as thick as yours. Oh well … I’m not a cake decorator nor am I a good baker, so the fact that I got anywhere close to this is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing! I found you on Pinterest ^_^

  98. #
    Askanam — July 2, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    This is a lovely idea! This is what I did: http://askanam.blogspot.com/2012/07/fourth-of-july-epic-cake.html

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    Maestraw — July 3, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    I saw this on Plain Chicken, and she took full credit for this cake. Shame on her if she found the design elsewhere.

  100. #
    Amber — July 3, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Thank you for sharing! Can’t wait to make this for Independence Day.

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    Dana — July 3, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Started out great; easy, but the layers were too tall maybe, 8-inch pans, and as soon as I finished frosting it, it fell apart from the top to bottom layer. I ended up having to turn it into cake pops. The fourth of the cake that remained looked great, but next time I’d either flatten down layers or use 9-inch pans.

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    Christy Brinkley — July 4, 2012 at 1:11 am

    Looking forward to cutting into this creation tomorrow (the 4th) but just wanted to comment that there really was not enough frosting using the recipe that was linked in the recipe. Making another 1/2 recipe now….My advise would be to use it very sparingly when layering the cake.

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    Roshunda — July 4, 2012 at 5:29 am

    I fell in love with this cake from the moment I saw it and set my heart on creating it for the 4th. It turned out well, except the box cake mix and icing were too soft. The blue layer fell apart. So now I have a red and white cake and will add blue sprinkles to the top. Great idea and wonderful instructions on your blog. Just need to make sure I use a “heartier” cake batter next time.

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    Molly Selisker — July 4, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    This is an awesome cake!!! I can’t wait 2 try it:)

  105. #
    Dana — July 4, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    HI PEOPLE!!!!!!

  106. #
    Anonymous — July 4, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    What a pity you did not watermark your pictures.
    This wouldn’t happen:

    (this FB page is very famous for forgetting to give credits!!!)

  107. #
    Kristi — July 5, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    So very cute and clever!

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    Robbi — July 5, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful work of art, I made this cake for the 4th of July, with the Vanilla creme cheese frosting and it was a big success. My daughter was like lets cut a piece out to see if it really worked and it did, it was so yummy and it was easy to make.

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    Laura D — July 5, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    I made this for the Fourth of July! It was a blast to make, easy, and such a hit!! I substituted the white icing with home made cream cheese icing. Such a novel idea. Great job Glory! 😀

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    Tiffany — July 5, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    I followed your tutorial and made my own version of this cake yesterday, and it turned out wonderfully! No one could believe that I made that myself. Your step-by-step instructions (as well as the ones provided by 17 and Baking) were great! Thank you so much for sharing this!

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    Alexis — July 9, 2012 at 12:51 am

    I made one for my son’s birthday party on the 4th and it was a huge hit! Thank you for sharing your take on it — it really helped me to see the pics. The ONLY thing I might add to your tutorial is to freeze the layers before stacking and frosting. Box cakes are so moist and crumbly, it makes a mess of it


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    Lisa Tyler — July 10, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Glorious , indeed! Wonderful tutorial, I tied it myself and it came out beautifully, all thanks to you!!

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    Nora O — July 17, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    I made this cake using your recipe for my sister’s America-themed birthday party. As a non-cake maker, it was very difficult but definitely paid off in the end! I wrote about it on my blog about flags:

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    Amy scott — May 17, 2013 at 7:41 am

    This is fantastic :) well done x

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    allie — June 12, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    this is so amazing! i am planning on making this for my fourth of july party in boston! everyone is going to be so surprised to see an american flag inside a plain white vanilla cake. this is a masterpiece and i cant wait to show it off to everyone!

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    Kimberly — June 25, 2013 at 2:33 am


    Did you just use one batch of your vanilla cream cheese frosting for this entire flag cake? Thanks for your help. Can’t wait to try this one for myself. :)

    • Glory replied: — July 1st, 2013 @ 11:20 pm

      Hi Kimberly, Yes, for the cake shown I used just one recipe of the frosting. As you can see the icing between each layer is a bit thin, so if you’d like more, feel free to increase the recipe by 1.5

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    Rlizabeth — July 2, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I kept looking at the picture asking myself, “how is that even possible” to have just a bit of blue on the top corner of the cake. Very clever! I hope to try it and hope mine looks just as cool! Thank you!

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    Krislyn — July 3, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    How thick were your 8 inch cake pans for the red, white, and blue layers?

    • Glory replied: — July 3rd, 2013 @ 6:37 pm

      Hi Krislyn, I usually use 3″ tall pans (regardless of the batter) but 2 inch pans should work too. Each cake pan (the 1 blue, 1 white and 2 red) should have about the same height of batter.

  119. #
    Aims — July 4, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Very cute! I just made it :) …only one PROBLEM : if you are using a cake mix from the box make sure you get it pure white! (Such as angel food..) my vanilla batter was tinted yellow and when adding the blue food coloring it turned green :( the cake turned out great…only instead of the patriotic red white and blue…it was more like pink, yellow and green :( :( hope no one else makes the same mistake!

  120. #
    simonacallas — September 23, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Thank you very much for the recipe. I made the American Flag Cake and it was wonderful! I used white chocolate ganache for filling and my friends loved it.

  121. #
    Danielle — October 8, 2013 at 5:10 am

    OMG! Please share where you got that cake stand! Or where I can find some! I’m looking for several pretty ones (esp ones with a glass cover) but every one I find is 8-9″ and my 10″ cakes won’t fit once you add frosting etc even the 8-9″ barely fit.


  122. #
    Marrian B — March 19, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    wow…great images…

  123. #
    Kelley — June 12, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    So impressive Glory! Makes me want to try it!!!

  124. #
    Heidi @ Happiness is Homemade — June 13, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    This is fantastic, Glory, and it looks like something that I might actually be able to pull off! Great job!

  125. #
    Kendra — June 23, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    How did you get the red layers so red and not pink?

    • Glory replied: — June 23rd, 2014 @ 5:34 pm

      As mentioned in the post, I use Americolor brand food coloring in “Super Red”. This is the key to a nice red color. Happy baking!

  126. #
    Anne — July 2, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Thank you for the easy to follow directions! I know the cake will be a hit!!!!!

  127. #
    Amanda — July 7, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    I just made this cake for a family 4th of July bbq following your helpful photos. It worked out beautifully and the cake was a giant hit. I even got compliments from the mother-in-law, which tells you how great it turned out. Thanks so much!

  128. #
    Live — July 4, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    i loved it i made it and it surprised my whole family .

  129. #
    Live — July 4, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    it will surprise my whole family.


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