I’m prepping my patriotic pics to share soon (we had a great 4th of July weekend!) but thought I’d give you a little taste (hee hee ha ha) to tide you over.
I decided that I really wanted to make one of those 4th of July cakes that I’ve seen various places online. But I wanted it to be pretty easy and not too time consuming. So I just kind of mixed and matched a little something together. Here’s how I made this gloriously delicious cake.
1 box cake mix (I used Betty Crocker’s French Vanilla)
I made the 9×13 inch version according to Ms. Betty’s directions. Annie helped me with the cake baking. She’s my little kitchen helper. You could make your own homemade cake but like I said, I wanted fast and easy. Thank you, Betty C.
I let it cool completely.
In the meantime, I was on the search for the creamy frosting-like part of the cake. The white colony stripes, if you will. I knew I wanted to make homemade whipped cream but also wanted cream cheese with it. HEALTHY, I know. So after extensive Googling and a little bit of frustration I finally found this recipe and trust me, IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT. It was like we were meant to be together.
Cream Cheese Whipped Frosting
1 8oz. package cream cheese, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
Beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla together until smooth.
In another bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture.
If I didn’t just happily celebrate my 9th wedding anniversary, I would consider marrying this frosting. It’s SO good.
So I took some of the whipped cream and covered the top of the cooled cake with it. Then I added a whole bunch of blueberries in the shape of a square. Then I had sliced strawberries which I lined up in rows with a space in between the rows. Beginning to resemble a flag that we all know and love.
Finally I took the rest of the delectable cream cheese whipping cream frosting and put it into a big ziplock bag and snipped a hole in the corner (because I’m fancy like that) and basically piped the frosting in between the rows of strawberries. And the big sloppy blobby “star” wanna-be thingies (or “feenies” as Annie would say) on top of the blueberries. Ta da!
Oh my. It was really good. So go right now and try it! It was a big hit with the fam. I think they’ll keep me now.
Oh and yes, I realize that this edible flag conconction is not anatomically correct. The strawberries were too chubby to allow room for all 13 stripes. All the colonies weren’t THAT important, were they? I kid, I kid!! Oh, and the stars were too blobby and I was w-whhh–aaa–yyyyy too lazy to do 50 of them. All 50 states aren’t really that important. Joking, once again. I like the 50 states as well as the 13 original colonies. They are ALL special.
But seriously, make this cake. Or at least make that frosting and eat it all by itself. And then go jogging for probably 5 days straight.
I’ll post about our festivities shortly!
PS: THANKS for all the sweet anniversary comments and loveliness as well as the niceness about the engagement pictures of my brother!! I just love you all.