July 4, 2010: 1863 Flag Cake

January 10th, 2011 by Kim Anh Le Leave a reply »

Still in my newbie frame of mind in cake decorating, I was trying to figure out what to do for July 4th. I did my usual searching on Google for Fourth of July cake ideas. The U.S. flag seemed to be simple enough for me to tackle with not much experience. All I had to do was bake a rectangular cake and draw a flag, what could be so hard right?

There’s always a first time for everything and this project had many firsts. It was the first time I was making Sour Cream Butter Cake from The Cake Bible. It was the first time I was mixing red frosting color. It was the first time I used the Wilton triple star multi-opening decorating tip. It was the first time I was drawing a flag.

The cake dipped a little in the center. This is most likely due to too much leavening since the recipe is for one 9-inch round pan and I used a 13-inch by 9-inch pan. Then there was the red frosting for the flag’s stripes. It took a long time and used up quite a bit of red gel coloring to achieve red. I bought the triple star multi-opening decorating tip to help save time piping so many stars. My stars came out kind of flat and not close together. If you paid close attention to the picture, I used a different star tip for the red and white stripes.

Now on to some facts. The U.S. flag is red, white, and blue. Red symbolizes hardiness and valor; white stands for purity and innocence; blue symbolizes vigilance, perseverance and justice. The 13 stripes, 7 red and 6 white, stands for the original 13 colonies. And the 50 white stars in the canton area of the flag represents the 50 states of the U.S.

You just noticed I said 50 white stars right? Does my U.S. flag cake have 50 stars? Yes, there are only 35 stars on my cake. That’s all I could fit in that area with the star tip I used. I thought most would not notice but I was wrong. My youngest cousin noticed. My coworkers noticed. The funny thing is, when I was done with the cake, I didn’t even count the number of stars. I was in such a hurry to get the cake to the party. One of my co-workers looked up the history and said we had a 35-star flag in 1863.

The U.S. will hopefully have 50 states in 2011 when Kim tries this again. :-)