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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