American Flag Cake

American Flag Cake Recipe

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Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Cool Time: 2 hrs
Total: 3 hrs 5 mins
Servings: 24 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
169 Calories
7g Fat
26g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24
Amount per serving
Calories 169
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 191mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 8mg 40%
Calcium 63mg 5%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 73mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Your friends will be impressed by this patriotic dessert recipe for Memorial Day or the Fourth of July. This flag cake starts with a cake mix, so it's easy to make, but of course, you can always substitute your favorite homemade cake recipe. It is then topped with a simple whipped cream frosting and decorated with berries. It's best to use fresh blueberries and raspberries, otherwise, the juice from frozen berries will create a red and blue mess.

If using a cake mix, make sure to have the necessary ingredients on hand. Most brands call for three eggs and water, as well as either butter (1/3 to 1/2 cup) or half a cup vegetable oil. Don't worry about making a flag with exactly the right number of stripes; just create as many red stripes as fit—it's the look you're going after.


  • 1 box vanilla cake mix (plus eggs, water, and oil or butter, as called for on the box)

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese (softened)

  • 1 (8-ounce) container whipped topping (frozen, mostly thawed)

  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar

  • 1 pint blueberries

  • 1 to 2 pints raspberries

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Prepare the cake batter according to the box directions, adding the called-for amount of eggs, water, and/or oil or butter.

  3. Pour into a greased and floured 9 by-13-inch pan. Alternatively, line the bottom with parchment paper and grease the sides for easy removal. Bake according to the package directions.

  4. Let the cake cool for 15 minutes. Invert onto a serving platter to cool completely.

  5. Place the cake in the freezer while you prepare the frosting (this makes the flag cake easier to frost).

  6. With an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese, whipped topping, and powdered sugar until smooth.

  7. Remove the cake from the freezer and spread the top and sides with the whipped cream frosting.

  8. To decorate your flag cake, outline a square in the top left corner with blueberries.

  9. Fill in with remaining blueberries, leaving some white space showing through. These are the stars on your flag cake.

  10. Make several lines of raspberries next to and below the blueberries. These are the stripes of your flag cake. Refrigerate the flag cake until ready to serve.

How to Store

  • American flag cake can be made several hours ahead of time and stored in the fridge.
  • Store leftover cake well-covered in the fridge for up to three days.

Recipe Variations

  • Virtually any kind of cake mix or sheet cake recipe will work for this recipe. Try a chocolate cake for a chocolate and berries combo, a yellow butter cake for a richer flavor, or a sprinkles cake for a fun, fireworks-like surprise.
  • You can swap the raspberries for capped, sliced strawberries. Overlap them in a line to make the stripes.
  • For a thicker, richer icing, try using this cream cheese buttercream.