Thursday, July 4, 2013

July 4th 'Grand Old Flag'

                                        Grand Old Flag Cake

                                       Makes 12 servings
Prepare for a wave of salutes as you set this beauty on the buffet table. The hardest part of this recipe is making the first slice into Old Glory.

Chocolate cake:
                            **Cooking spray **
1-3/4           cups flour
1-1/2           cups granulated sugar
2/3              cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1                 teaspoon baking soda
1/2              teaspoon baking powder
1/4              teaspoon salt
1-1/2           sticks (6 oz.) unsalted butter, softened 
1-1/2           cups buttermilk
2                 eggs 
1                 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cream-cheese frosting:
2                (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened 
8                tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 
2-1/2         cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
2                teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2             pint blueberries 
1-1/2          pints raspberries

Preparation:
1 .         Preheat oven to 350°F. Line length of 13-by-9-inch cake pan with parchment paper, leaving a 4-inch overhang. Lay another sheet across width of pan and up sides (without overhang). Spray paper evenly with cooking spray.
2 .        Make cake: Whisk together flour, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat in butter on low speed until mixture is crumbly. Add buttermilk, eggs and vanilla. Increase speed to medium and beat, scraping down inside of bowl, until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to baking pan.
3 .       Bake cake until a cake tester inserted in center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cool in pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Holding overhanging pieces of paper, pull cake from pan and let cool completely on rack. Invert platter on cake and flip over to invert cake. Carefully peel off paper and discard.
4 .       Make frosting: Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter on medium speed until light. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until fluffy. Beat in lemon juice. Refrigerate frosting for about 10 minutes if it's too soft to spread.
5 .       Frost sides and top of cake. Arrange blueberries in a rectangle in upper left-hand corner of cake. Arrange raspberries in 7 rows for stripes. Refrigerate cake until serving. (Cake may be made up to 3 hours ahead.)

10 comments:

  1. ivy sew http://simplybeautifulhealthyliving.blogspot.comJuly 4, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Oh Nee, just the blueberries and raspberries are already killing me. So tempting :)

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  2. wow, this is wonderful! how nice if i can hv a slice of your flag cake!

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  3. Hi Ivy , you can have some of the berries and a slice of the cake ..:)

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  4. Hi Lena , take a big slice and enjoy . :)

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  5. Howdy Nee ,
    Dropped by to say hello and wish you a happy 4th of July... see my flag waving at you ?

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  6. Hi Witchy,
    Yes I see your flag waving , see you at the fireworks later .

    Tell poppa to bring ice cream .

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  7. Wow, what a beautiful cake! Yes, I can imagine the first cut, must be kinda disappointed to cut into such a beautiful cake, but it has to be done! Problem is which side to cut in first? hahaha, I can relate to that!
    Hope you have a great weekend!

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  8. Hi Joyce ...thank you , it was cut it or my kids would pick the berries off , you have a lovely weekend , sweetie I think we all need it to recoup from the Picnic Games , 4th July .
    Have fun and stay cool . :)

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  9. Totally beautiful! Great way to celebrate.

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  10. Thank you John , we had a ball watching the fireworks :)

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