How To Make A Flag Cake For Memorial Day

Memorial Day is always filled with remembrance, honoring those who have served our country, gathering with friends and family, and enjoying the finally gorgeous weather. What better way to kick off summer than by learning how to make a flag cake for Memorial Day? It's patriotic and delicious — in other words, it's perfect.

Since Memorial Day is typically celebrated outdoors in beautiful, warm weather, I swapped out frosting for a lighter alternative, Reddi-wip whipped cream. Reddi-wip sources its real cream from dairy farms in the midwest, and it adds the perfect sweetness to any dessert. A staple in my fridge, this delicious topping goes perfect with the layers of cake. Since these flag cakes are individual sizes, I topped each with a dollop of Reddi-wip, and left a few extra cans on the side in case guests wanted to replenish. This topping covers the fact that it is a flag cake, so when guests cut into the cake, it will be the perfect surprise. Additionally, I put out some fresh berries because it is summer now (woo hoo!), and with a whoosh of Reddi-wip, berry desserts become even more joyful.

Assembling this cake may seem a bit daunting, but it’s much easier than it looks like.

I baked three sheet cakes: one red velvet, one white, and one blue. Once the cakes had cooled, I cut out circles in each. To do so, I used a closed mini springform pan and pressed it into the red velvet cake. I gently removed the excess cake around it (not too much, as you’ll want to use as much for other mini cakes), and placed that first layer of cake onto a plate. I repeated that step with the white cake, and placed a layer of white cake on top of the red cake. From there, I cut out the blue cake the same way, but before I topped it on the cake, I used a mini cookie cutter to remove the center of the blue layered cake.

Using that same cookie cutter I cut out a small circle of red velvet and placed that inside the hole in the blue layer (see image above to get a better idea). I then added those pieces onto the cake, topped it with some Reddi-wip whipped cream, served it with some fresh berries, and that’s it!

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