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American Flag Cake

American Flag Layer cake

Want an awesome 4th of July dessert? Make this amazing and easy American Flag layer cake. Made with homemade cake and homemade buttercream, you will be shocked at how easy it is when you learn How to Make an American Flag Layer cake!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword 4th of July cake, american flag cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Decorating 20 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 865kcal
Author Lauren


American Flag Layer cake Ingredients

  • 1 8 inch " vanilla cake colored red
  • 1 8 inch " vanilla round cake colored blue
  • 1 8 inch " vanilla cake left with out color this will be your white layer
  • 1 6 inch " round vanilla cake colored red
  • buttercream Frosting

Vanilla Cake Ingredients

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Ingredients


How to Make Homemade Vanilla Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place your self-rising flour, cake flour, and sugar in the bowl of your mixer. Mix them together for a minute or two until they are well combined.
  • Cut your butter into tablespoon pieces. Slowly add your butter into the flour mixture one piece at a time continue mixing until you have reached the texture of sand.
  • Pour half of your milk into the flour mixture and mix just until the milk is incorporated. Use your rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of your bowl. Add your remaining milk and the vanilla to your batter and mix until combined.
  • Slowly add in one egg at a time to the cake batter, making sure each egg is incorporated before adding the next egg.
  • Once your batter is made, pour vanilla cake mix into one 8 inch round cake pan and the 6 inch cake pan. Use food coloring to color the 6 inch vanilla cake mix red.
  • Divide the remaining cake batter in to 2 bowls. Color one blue with food coloring and the other red with red food coloring.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes until a toothpick comes clean when you stick it in the cake.
  • Remove cakes from the oven and allow them to cool completely. While the cake is cooking make the buttercream frosting.

How to Make Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

  • Place butter and shortening together in the bowl of your mixer. On medium speed mix them together until it is all creamed together.
  • Turn the mixer to the lowest setting and slowly add the powdered sugar.
  • Once all the powdered sugar has been added and mixed well add the vanilla extract and hot water(if you need to thin out the buttercream frosting)
  • Turn the mixer to medium-high speed and continue mixing until the frosting is light and fluffy.

How to Assemble American Flag Cake

  • Cut the red cakes and white cake in half lengthwise so you end up with six layers of cake.
  • Cut out a 4-inch circle out of parchment paper. Use this as a template to cut one of the 6-inch red cake layers into a 4-inch circle. Used this same template to cut out a 4-inch  white cake. Then cut out a blue 4-inch circle but save the outside ring, not the inside 4-inch circle
  • Place one of the 8-inch red cake layers on your cake plate and add a layer of frosting then sandwich a white layer of cake on top of the frosting.
  • Add another layer of frosting on top of the white cake and place the red layer of 8-inch cake on top of that. Spread a layer of frosting on top of the red cake.
  • Place the outer circle of the blue cake on top of the red cake. Spread a layer of frosting on top of the 4-inch white cake.
  • Insert the 4-inch white cake into the middle of the blue cake. Top the white cake with the 4-inch red.
  • Frosty outside of the cake and then design as you would like.


Nutrition is for cutting this cake into 20 slices, this is a pretty tall cake which ends up being pretty large pieces- as its height is a bit over 8 inches tall. It can be cut into more servings if you choose. Depending on how you cut this cake will depend on how many slices you get.


Calories: 865kcal | Carbohydrates: 117g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 93g | Vitamin A: 864IU | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg