July 4 Flag Cake

July 4 recipe for American flag cakeWe have a traditional 4th of July gathering every year at my house and, ever since I was young, my aunt used to make a flag cake. Now, I’m the one making it because some traditions are too tasty to forget!

Since it’s a double layer rectangular cake, I like to make a jelly roll thin-style cake and a simple whip cream filling and icing. Feeling ambitious? Follow the jelly roll recipe two times to make a double layer. You will also need a 15.5 x .5 x 10.5” jelly roll pan (a baking sheet with rims.)

Jelly Roll


  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 c sugar
  • 5T water
  • 1t vanilla
  • 1c flour
  • 1t baking powder
  • ¼ t salt

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All the Cake Fillings You Could Ask For: Chocolate Whipped Cream, Coffee Whipped Cream and Custard

These cake filling recipes are useful when you’re deciding your options for flag cake, but, of course, you can incorporate them into other sweet recipes, too. Or, you know, just forget the cake and eat your finished product with a spoon — I won’t judge, lol!

Chocolate Whipped Cream Filling


  • 1.5 c heavy cream
  • 3 T unsweetened cocoa
  • 2T sugar

Place cream in chilled bowl.  Beat until cream begins to thicken.  Gradually beat in cocoa and sugar until stiff

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