Sunday, July 5, 2015

Flag Cake

So I hope everyone's Fourth of July was as fun as ours was here in this house.  I wanted to make something a little more challenging for me and my baking and something that would wow guest.  So I decided to try Betty Crocker's Flag Cake.  

You will be making 3 different cakes for this one: 1 red, 1 blue, and 1 white.
These are the ingredients that you will start with.  Strawberries, Blueberries 2 boxes of white cake mix (yeah sorry I cheated this time.)  vegetable oil, eggs, icing, ruler, toothpicks, and red and blue food coloring.  Turn the oven on to 350 degrees.  
You will need about 2 cups of strawberries.  I removed all the pits from the strawberries.  I found by sticking a straw though the bottom of the strawberries leaves you with the most fruit. Then take the pitted strawberries and puree them.  I put mine in my food processor.

Puree the strawberries until it looks like a jam.  

Remove the yolk from 3 eggs.  I go the old trick of cracking the egg and moving it between the two shells to remove the whites and not break the yolk.

Pour 1/3 cup of veg oil.

Then take 1 box of white cake and put it in your mixer (or bowl if you do not have a Kitchenaid mixer.)  Add your strawberries, 1/3 cup of veg oil, 3 egg whites, and 1 teaspoon of red food coloring. 

After everything is mixed, take half of the cake batter and place it in a 8 inch  round pan. (Make sure to spray them first so they don't get stuck in there!) Then with the remainder of red cake mix, place it in your second 8 inc round pan.  Bake for 29-34 minutes or until completely done.  Set on cooling rack for 10 minutes before removing cake from pan.
Next work on the blue section.
Take 1/2 cup of blueberries and put in in the food processor.
  Once pureed, add 1/2 box of cake mix from second box, 3 tablespoons of veg oil, 2 whole eggs, and 1/2 teaspoon of blue food coloring.
Mix everything together.  Place in greased/sprayed pan.  Bake for 29-34 minutes.
Now moving on to the white cake.
Take the remainder of the cake mix, 1/2 cup of water, 2 Tablespoons of veg oil, and 2 egg whites and mix all together.  Once completely mixed, place mixture in pan and bake for 29-34 minutes.

Finally, the fun part...assembly. Let all your cake COMPLETELY cool before assembling the flag.  If it doesn't cool completely, it will crumble quickly and it won't be easy to cut though.
Take your red cakes and slice them in half vertically.  Do not cut horizontally. You wil only need 3 of the 4 slices of cake now.  They say to freeze the 4th slice, but me and the hubbs just ate it.   Measure in 2 inches with the ruler from the side and make a little hole all the way around the cake.  Then follow the holes and make a circle. Do the same thing with the blue and once with the white.  The red and white circles that you will cut out will be with the top flag portion.  You will not need the large rings after they are cut, just the inside circle.

When you take them apart, it should look like this.
You wont be needing the little blue circle that you just cut out.  So you may enjoy that now as well. :)
Place a red layer down on your pate, ice the top of it. Then white, ice the top of that.  Add anpther red layer and ice the top of that.  Take your large blue ring and place it on top of the red.  Place icing around the inside of the blue cake.  Then take your white inside circle and place it inside the blue circle.  You have to wiggle it in there a bit.  Then place icing on top of that white circle.  Then take the final red circle and add it on top of the white one inside the blue ring.  Then cut the sides off of the cake to help shape it a little better and make the sides even.
Once the sides are cut off, ice the entire cake to your liking.  I make marshmallow fondant that was "tye-dyed."

I will say eveyone loved the cake and thought it was amazing.  We only came home with 1 piece! Usually it's a half of a cake. Let me know how Yours comes out!  


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