“The United States is the only country with a known birthday”
~ James G. Blaine
It can be so gloomy this time of year – it’s cold, wintery and there aren’t any holidays for a good couple of months. I try and claim July as my ‘birthday month’ but Kevin’s adamant that’s not a thing, so we’re left celebration-less for all but one day.
That is, until this year. Our good friends Rhys & Joy decided to host a Fourth of July party bringing together some of Joy’s favourite American treats in a Kiwi setting, and we were lucky enough to be invited to join in on the celebrations.
Of course it wouldn’t be a celebration without a cake, so I made it my mission to come up with something ‘super-American’ for the occasion. After a bit of hunt on Pinterest I came across this brilliant idea – a cake that looks like a stylised American flag when you cut into it! Totally sold.
While it looks a little daunting, it’s actually as easy as layering cake on top of each other – the website above has some good step-by-step instructions so I won’t go into all the details. I ended up making mine a little taller than the ones I’d seen online (who doesn’t love a nice, tall cake?) – the equivalent of five layers!
After carefully cutting, stacking and icing the many layers together and positioning a ring of blue cake around the top I was ready to decorate the outside. After giving the cake a quick crumb coat I mixed up a great big bowl of buttercream, separated it into thirds and got the colours ready – red, white and blue. I used an amazing Wilton white colouring to get the white looking nice and bright – it comes out of the bottle like twink and takes all the creamy, yellow colouring out of the icing in next to no time.
After consultation with Kevin about a few ideas I had floating around, I iced the cake with red, white and blue stripes – keeping the red and blue separated so I wouldn’t end up with purple! To finish it off (and tidy up the top edge) I added a little red ruffle using a large curved petal tip. After such a time consuming interior it was nice to be able to finish the cake of with such simple icing!
But the moment of truth didn’t come until last night at the party when it was time to cut the cake. Honestly, I was a little nervous that it just wouldn’t look quite right, but had consoled myself with the fact that if it ‘failed’ we’d still be left with a red, white and blue cake! Thankfully, it turned out pretty perfectly and seemed to go down well with the other party guests (who’d set the bar high with some pretty gorgeous treats!) – phew!
Happy belated Fourth of July, everyone!