The American Flag Cake! Such an ambitious baking endeavor you have set your sights on. We have run through the recipe of this patriotic cake and, well, pinpointed the mistakes to avoid.
First things first! Is this cake delicious? Absolutely. Is this cake beautiful? For sure! Is it a tad bit difficult and time consuming? Yeah, just a little bit! Have no fear, the YoYo Foodie is here to save you from the mistakes we make when attempting to create this beautiful and delicious cake.
Let me highlight 3 crucial things to remember when making this cake:
- Level all layers of your cake!
- Ice the inside of the 4-inch hole in the Blue Velvet Cake after adding that layer during assembly.
- Chill each layer!
That’s it! Those are the 3 things you must do when you nail this cake and become the hero of you Fourth of July BBQ.
Now, I’ll answer some questions you may have:
Where did you find this cake recipe?
We used box mix Red Velvet Cake and Box Mix White Cake for the red and white layers. For the blue layer we made a Blue Velvet Cake. We went ahead and followed the recipe for Blue Velvet cake provided by SugarTurnTable.com. This required using White Cake box mix and adapting it to create the Blue Velvet cake.
If you go the same route we did, you may be interested in knowing which food coloring we used. We used the Wilton brand Royal Blue and Violet. You can grab it at the Amazon link above or you may find it at a craft store such as Hobby Lobby or Michaels.
You may also find Blue Velvet Cake box mix at the grocery store. If you’d prefer to use that, go for it!
Can I make the cakes ahead of time?
There is a lot of prep work required just to get to the assembly step when making cake. Knowing that, we actually went ahead and made the cakes the night before! We let each cake cool completely, wrapped them in parchment paper, placed them in large Ziploc bags and set them on a flat surface in the freezer overnight.
The next day, when we were ready to assemble, we unwrapped them and let them thaw out briefly on the counter before assembling. If you plan to bake and assemble all at once, it is highly recommended that you chill the cakes in the fridge for a bit before putting the cake together. It helps keep it from flaking or falling apart.
What did you use to cut the 4-inch cake pieces?
If you watched the video you’ll see we used a biscuit type cutter to cut the cakes down to 4 inches. The exact set we have can be found on Amazon.com.The cutter we used was actually closer to 4.5 inches but worked perfectly for this.
It looks like a lot of cake goes to waste. Is that true?
Unfortunately, yes. We discarded a lot of cake when creating this thing. Even in the baking process, the box mixes will make two 8-inch cakes per box. That can come in handy if you mess up but you will likely have extra cake. You can use the extra batter and make cupcakes to go with it, if you’d prefer!
If you can’t stand tossing out so much discarded cake, I wouldn’t recommend making this particular cake.
What kind of icing can I use?
You can really use whatever you want. We used the Wilton Creamy White Buttercream Icing Mix and substituted the butter it calls for with Crisco (as suggested on the box). You’ll probably need 2-3 boxes of this icing mix.
If you have the skill and patience, fondant would be perfect for this cake (it will certainly help hold it together).
How do I keep the cake from falling apart after cutting into it?
This was tricky. One recommendation (as stated earlier) is to coat the inner sides of the Blue Velvet Cake layer with icing before placing the 4-inch White and Red Velvet cakes into it. This will definitely help keep the pieces from falling off after the cake is cut.
Another crucial piece of advice is to do your absolute best when leveling the cake. If you layers are all flat and relatively the same size your cake should hold up well since it won’t be lop-sided.
Did we cover everything? If you have any questions about this cake, feel free to ask us in the comments. Otherwise, enjoy your American Flag Cake!