Old Glory Red White & Blue Cake
Fourth of July fun includes flying the American flag, Old Glory. How about putting a flag on your picnic table with this Old Glory Red White & Blue Cake? The grands can help decorate the cake while learning a little bit about the history of our flag.
Prep ideas for an easy recipe
If you don’t have time to bake the cake while the kids are there, you can make a 9×13” cake and have it cooled and ready for them to decorate.
Cut the strawberries so they are easy to lay on the cake as the stripes. Topping and slicing up strawberries is a skill to teach and carefully monitor as kids are capable. For young children, slice the strawberries for them ahead of time. Let the fruit dry completely after washing it so it doesn’t drip on the whipped topping and make it watery.
Frost the Old Glory Red White & Blue Cake well with the whipped topping. This is the background for the fruit and it makes the white stripes of the flag. You don’t want the cake to show through.
It’s a Grand Old Flag!
Look below for a few facts about the American flag to talk about while you decorate the cake. Before you start decorating, take a few minutes to look at a flag or a picture of a flag.
Let them study the pattern and then come up with a way to copy the pattern on the cake. You can use a colored thread to mark off the section for the stars and to make the stripes a little straighter- as long as you remember to take it off after decorating!
Finally, it’s OK if there isn’t the exact same number of stripes on your cake as are on the real flag- but that may drive you or your little engineers crazy!
Fun American flag facts
- The flag is a symbol- it stands for our country and it’s history, the United States of America
- Each of the flag’s colors has a meaning
- Blue is for justice (giving fair treatment) and loyalty (showing strong support)
- White is for purity (having goodness and good character) and liberty (freedom in your society)
- Red is for valor (having great courage when you are in danger)
- There are a certain number of stars, one for each of the 50 states
- The last star to be added was for the new state of Hawaii in 1960
- There are a certain number of stripes, one for each of the original 13 colonies
- Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag in 1776
- If a flag is left up on a pole overnight it has to have a light shining on it
- A flag is not to be thrown in the trash but is to be retired by burning it in a special ceremony. This can most easily be done by giving it to an American Legion or such organization that will retire it for you.
- Neil Armstrong put an American flag on the moon on July 20, 1969!
Enjoy, and have a safe Fourth of July!
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- Cake mix in the flavor of your choice (can make from scratch if desired)
- Eggs, oil, water, etc. as required by the cake mix
- 1 container of whipped topping
- Strawberries (fresh)
- Blue berries (fresh)
- Colored thread
- Picture of an American flag or a small flag
- Prepare and bake the cake in a 9x13 pan as directed on the cake mix.
- Allow the cake to cool completely.
- Wash the strawberries and cut into slices.
- Wash the blueberries.
- Frost the cake with whipped topping.
- Lay the blueberries out in the “stars” area of the cake.
- Place the strawberries on the cake in rows for “stripes”.
- Grab a plate, serve up and celebrate!