Red Velvet American Flag Cake


By Dane Feldman
Photo by Dane Feldman.

I don’t bake much, but in the spirit of Independence Day, America’s birthday, I thought it would be fun to make a flag cake. While it requires a fair amount of ingredients, it isn’t terribly difficult to execute and it’s a great way to surprise your friends and family at barbecues.

What you’ll need for the cake:
1 3/4 cup bleached all-purpose flour
3 tbsp 100% unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp baking powder
1 1/2 sticks butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp red food coloring
1 bag red, white, and blue M&Ms

Mix the flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda in a large bowl with an electric mixer.

Then, mix the butter and sugar in a separate bowl until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs, then beat again. Beat again after adding the vanilla and food coloring.

Combine the two mixtures and beat one more time, then pour the cake mix into a small cake pan and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

What you’ll need for the icing:
6 oz block cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups powdered sugar

In a bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter. Then, add the vanilla and beat. Add in the sugar slowly whilst beating until light and fluffy.

To ice the cake, first coat the top with the white frosting. Separate what is left of the icing into two bowls. Mix in a couple of drops of red dye to one and blue to the other. Put the blue icing in a plastic bag and cut a hole in the bottom corner. Use the hole at the bottom to squeeze out the icing into a square at the top left corner. In a second bag, do the same with the red icing and make the red stripes of the flag. Use white M&Ms as stars on the blue portion of the cake.

Let it cool for at least 15 minutes, then serve!