Recently, I decided to take on the challenge of making an American Flag Layer Cake. Why not? July 4th is around the corner, and I enjoy baking holiday themed desserts. This cake is comprised of multiple layers and a delicious homemade buttercream frosting.
To make my layers, I used a strawberry boxed cake mix and a white boxed cake mix. If you decide to bake an American Flag Cake you’ll need to bake a total of 4 cake layers in order to build the cake. You’ll need two red cake layers, one white cake layer, and one blue cake layer. I made the red cake layers using the strawberry cake mix. The white and blue layers were made with a white cake mix. You will have leftover cake layers and scraps that will need to be saved for another use. Consider making a small trifle with your cake scraps.
I have a standard size oven and only three 9” cake pans, so I baked my strawberry cake layers first. Then I washed my cake pans and made my white cake layers (one of which is dyed blue). I like to prepare my cake layers and buttercream frosting a day before I plan build my layer cake. After my cake layers are prepared and cooled, I wrap them in plastic wrap and refrigerate them. I often make my frosting the same day that I prepare my cakes. I keep the buttercream frosting in an airtight container until it’s time to build the cake.
Some prep work is required with the baked cake layers in order to achieve the American Flag design once it is time to build the layer cake.