Thursday, July 26, 2012

American Flag Cake & Smash Cake

If you read my blog regularly, you may remember that last year three new grandchildren (Addy, Max and Josh) joined our family:)  Only two of our eight grandchildren live locally, so I don't often get to bake birthday cakes for any of them:(
One of the two, Max, was born on the 4th of July, but this year his family was at a family reunion in Idaho on his birthday. We celebrated his birthday on July 15, but I still wanted his  birthday cake to represent his Independence Day birth date.
I decided an American flag cake was in order, and zeroed in on Glory's (Glorious Treats) beautiful blog. She included a wonderful tutorial which helped me immensely in putting this cake together.
After the cakes were baked and prepped for construction, this is what they looked like. As I said, thank goodness Glory had photos, or who knows what my cake would have ended up looking like!?!  :)

The next step was to stack and frost.  It was rather fun as I watched this cake come together. After I frosted the entire cake and decorated it, I crossed my fingers and hoped that later when it was cut into, an American flag would appear!
It did! Woo Hoo! I was pretty excited:)  I decorated the cake simply, with sprinkles around the top and bottom borders. I topped it with a number 1, made from the icing tinted red and applied with an icing bag/decorating tip. The cake is frosted with American buttercream frosting (appropriate, don't ya think?), also from Glorious Treats.
Max couldn't believe his good fortune when his smash cake was set before him:)
He thoroughly enjoyed himself!

Max's  6-inch cake (no he didn't eat it all) was a simple, marbled red, white & blue cake, made from a white cake mix with gel food coloring added).  I filled and frosted it with Glory's vanilla cream cheese frosting, which was delicious!  His cake was decorated with a bunting.  The fabric, stencil (A-Z)  and twine were part of a kit (I can't find the label to give credit!?!), but I used my own straws that I had on hand, as well as more sprinkles.

Even though Independence Day is over, this cake would be perfect for Labor Day in September, a U.S. military event, or to support America during the Olympics.

American Flag Cake
1.  Prepare two boxes of white cake mix, each mix in a separate bowl.
2.  Add red food coloring to one of the bowls and incorporate.
3.  Divide up the other mix into two bowls and add blue coloring to one,  leaving the other one white.
4.  Bake each of the four cakes in 8-inch cake pans, each lightly greased, and lined with parchment paper.
5.  Cool cakes completely.
6.  Cut each of the red cakes in half horizontally.
7.  Cut a 4-inch circle (I used a round cutter) of cake from one of the red rounds.*
8.  Cut the white cake round in half horizontally.
9.  Cut a 4-inch circle of cake from one of the white rounds.
10. Cut a 4-inch circle of cake from the blue round cake.*
*Save the scraps for cake pops at a later date:)
You should end up with a set of cakes as in the second photo.
11. Starting from the bottom, stack the cakes: red, white, red, blue, with a thin layer of frosting between each layer of cake.
12. Apply a thin layer of icing around the inside of the 4-inch opening at the top. 
13. Gently, but firmly, place the 4-inch white round inside the opening, followed by the 4-inch red round.
14.  Frost the cake completely and decorate as desired.
15. Refrigerate until ready to serve, and be sure to cut slices with a sharp knife (I used a serrated bread knife) for "clean" cuts.


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  1. Sue, this is so pretty! Kids don't lie about food..I can tell Max LOVES it!

  2. This is so clever and such a great idea. I don't know if I would have the patience! The picture of Max covered in icing in really cute!

  3. Max is adorable!! Easy to see he loved his smash cake and I love your American Flag Cake. Great job. The little flags spelling out *MAX* is the perfect touch on his smash cake too.

  4. love it sue! and a great name too (that's one of my twins!)....he's so stinkin cute too.

  5. It's gorgeous! I love the smash cake - what a great idea. And that baby....soooo adorable!

  6. Your cake is absolutely awesome! And oh my gosh! your Max is so adorable! LOVE the picture of him with the huge grin on his face!

  7. Look at those beautiful blue eyes. Such a great and festive cake.

  8. You did such a beautiful job, and your little Munchkin Max is just adorable!! Thanks for the sweet links =)

    1. Glory, I was just about to email you to let you know I made "your" cake, as per the great suggestion from the recent post by Lizy B.
      Thanks again!

  9. Beautiful blue eyes, he is the cutest. Your cake look so yummy.

  10. Max is such a cutie! and what a gorgeous cake! wow!

  11. What a beautiful and lovely cake for the adorable birthday boy to celebrate his independence b-day! :) You're such a sweet grandma. Happy belated birthday to Max. :)

  12. Beautiful patriotic cake to celebrate two important events :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  13. This is so awesome!!! You did a great job with the cake. I love the sweet banner on top. And that last pic of Max is just the cutest thing ever!!

  14. These cakes intimidate me! I want to try them, but I know I'll end cutting the circles the wrong way..ending up with blue stripes and a red square for the stars lol Yours is perfect..and what a great birthday cake for Max..who's beautiful blue eyes match the blue in the cake! That so hit the nail on the head with the 'jelly bean pizza' :) Everyone said it looked like dessert LOL

  15. How cute is that - both the cake and the adorable little birthday boy!!

  16. Sue, that is FANTASTIC! What a clever surprise! :D

  17. Such a clever cake! It seems it was a big hit too! Liked the straws holding the banner.

  18. I love that cake! I'm tempted to make it for the Olympics myself - and I'm not even American!

  19. OMG Max's eyes are GORGEOUS! And what a lucky boy to have you to make all these delightful yummies! I love this flag cake. Must make it asap. Your "during" photos are very helpful. Thanks Sue!

  20. How clever to create a cake that slices like the American flag! I love it!!

  21. What a great 4th of July cake and what a fun day to have a birthday.

  22. Oh my goodness your Max is beyond adorable! I think the whole idea of a smash cake is wonderful!
    Your red, white and blue cake is amazing. Thank you for sharing.

  23. Those blue eyes are beyond STUNNING - I melted.............cake is gorgeous Sue!

  24. What a cute little boy! Love your's perfect!

  25. Oh my goodness seriously that is the best photo ever of Max with his 'What this is for me?' look of surprise. Totally adorable and too cute I am smiling so hard as I type.

  26. Wow, Max is certainly in shock with that gorgeous cake in front of him! Absolutely love the second smile with his huge grin :) and what a brilliant American Flag!

  27. That is one gorgeous baby! Look at those eyes:)And I love this cake...too cute:)

  28. Sue, this is such a clever cake, and smash cakes are so fun! Joni

  29. The cake is so cute!