We Eat Cake Because . . .

We Eat Cake Because . . .

We eat cake . . . because it’s the 4th of July. Inspired by the American flag, I am decorating this white party cake with buttercream icing, blueberries and strawberries.Flag Cake Preparation

Happy Birthday America!

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*Susan Apple, Inc. Red Linen Top

Flag Cake

Moist and delicious. This is a great cake recipe for your 4th of July celebration!

Tips:

*For the best results, be sure the butter and eggs are room temperature.

*Cake flour should always be sifted before measuring.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Cream Cheese Frosting: 2 cups(4 sticks) unsalted butter, 1 8oz. package cream cheese, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 2-pound bag confectioners' sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350Fº.

    Grease and place a piece of parchment paper(9X13) of a 9 X 13 sheet pan; set aside.

  2. In a mixing bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, and salt; sift into another mixing bowl, repeat for a total of 4 times; set aside.

  3. In the bowl of a standing electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each one is added.

  4. Add the dry ingredients alternately with the milk and vanilla.

  5. Pour into the prepared pan.

  6. Bake for 30 - 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

  7. Cool on a wire rack.

  8. Invert cake onto a 9 X 13 cake board; remove parchment paper and cool completely.

    While the cake is cooling, make the frosting and wash the blueberries and strawberries. Spread out on a paper towel lined jelly roll pan; set aside to dry completely.

    Slice the strawberries.

  9. Decorating the Flag Cake:

    1. Frost the sides and top of the cake.

    2. Place blueberries and sliced strawberries on the cake.

    3. Add an Ateco® star tip #826 to a pastry bag. Fill it /2 full with icing. Pipe the stripes onto the cake.

    4. Add an Ateco® star tip #30 to a pastry bag. Fill it /2 full with icing. Pipe the stripes onto the cake.

Frosting: Cream the butter and the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add the salt and vanilla. Mix. Gradually add the confectioner's sugar and mix together.

Before-and-After Porch Makeover

Before-and-After Porch Makeover

Before-and-After porch makeover . . . just in time for our 4th of July celebration!

As COVID-19 puts most summer vacations on hold, porches are claiming their role as America’s favorite place to enjoy a cocktail and an alfresco dinner. The porch is one of the few places to gather among masked neighbors and friends.

The rewards of devoting some time to decorating the porch will last throughout the summer!

Top Five Decorative Items:

Before . . . 

Original Front Porch

After . . . 

Before-and-After Porch Makeover

Before-and-After porch makeover . . . now it’s time for a frosty pitcher of lemonade and a visit with neighbors!