Recipe: Fourth of July Cake

by Caitlyn Stace

Patriotic CakeWith Fourth of July celebrations kicking off, gather up your ingredients to create this patriotic cake treat for your gathering!

Have little "helpers" on hand? They'll find it fun and easy to create the design. You might have to buy extra fruit for those that "just happen" to pop into their mouths instead of on the cake!

Everyone will appreciate this cool dessert on a hot summer day. Adults view it as a semi-healthy treat by counting the fruit towards their daily serving allowance! No guilt right? Let's get started!

Red, White and Blue Fourth of July Cake

Prep time: 15 minutes | Total time: 15 minutes | Yield: 12 servings


• prepared sheet cake
• 1 pint whipping cream
• 1/4 cup powdered sugar
• 1/4 cup cold water
• 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 1 pint raspberries, rinsed and patted dry
• 1 pint strawberries, rinsed and patted dry, and halved
• 1/2 pint blueberries, rinsed and patted dry


Chill a bowl and beaters. Place the water in a glass measuring up and sprinkle the gelatin over the water to soften. After one minute, microwave on high for 30 seconds to a minute. Stir to dissolve. Cool the gelatin mixture to room temperature.

Pour the whipping cream into the chilled bowl. Whip cream until soft peaks form. Fold in the powdered sugar and vanilla. Add the gelatin mixture and whip until stiff. The gelatin helps the whipped cream stay whipped!

Spread the whipped cream on the cake. Using the picture as a guide, arrange the fruit into a flag. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Cook's Note

Our family whips up a "hurry cake" whenever we need something quick for dessert. In a bowl, mix together 1 cup flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 cup sugar. Put two eggs in a one-cup measuring cup and finish filling with milk, buttermilk or cream and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Pour into a round or 8" square pan and bake at 350° until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Double the recipe if you'll need a larger cake.

How will you be decorating your cake?