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Fun 4th of July flag desserts

Looking to make an American flag dessert for Fourth of July? Look no further than these fun and easy flag desserts that will tantalize taste buds everywhere.

If you want something other than the traditional flag cake, try the Fruit-Tart Flag recipe from Food Network. The recipe calls for only six ingredients, and with a team of helpers it can be assembled in an extremely short amount of time.

Fruit-Tart Flag (courtesy of Food Network)

8 oz. mascarpone cheese (if you can’t find mascarpone, use an 8 oz. cream cheese tub)
3 tbsp. confectioner’s sugar
1/2 cup whipped cream (freshly whipped is best)
Miniature tart shells or phyllo shells
Blueberries
Strawberries, halved and sliced

Mix together the mascarpone cheese and the confectioner’s sugar with a hand or stand mixer until smooth. Fold in 1/2 cup of whipped cream.

Fill tart shells with cream mixture and arrange on a plate in a flag shape. Place blueberries on the cream shells in the top left corner, filling 1/4 of the total space, and create the red stripes on the flag with the sliced strawberries on the remainder of the cream shells.

To make filling the shells easier, scoop the cream mixture into a piping bag or a large zip-top bag for better filling control. Tart shells or phyllo shells are available in most grocery store freezer sections near the phyllo dough. Mascarpone cheese is available at many major grocery stores, either in the refrigerated section near the sour cream/cream cheese or in the refrigerated Italian food section; if you can’t find it, substitute 8 oz. cream cheese in the tub for easier blending.

If you’re looking for a more traditional cake, want to stay away from the fruit-topped cakes, and you’re a little adventurous, you might want to try this awesome-looking flag cake—the flag is on the inside!

Independence Day Cake (courtesy of 17 and Baking)

(Note: This is a layer cake that involves slicing two of the layers in half. As a result, it is best if this cake is baked in advance to give cakes time to chill in the refrigerator for easier cutting.)

2 boxes white cake mix (or a recipe for white cake that makes enough cake for three layers)
Red and blue food coloring
Cream cheese frosting (recipe is also available below)

Ingredients for cream cheese frosting:
16 oz. cream cheese
10 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened (1 1/4 sticks)
4 tsp. vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar, sifted

Mix together cake batter according to box/recipe instructions. Divide batter evenly between three bowls. mix red food coloring into one bowl and blue food coloring into another bowl, leaving third bowl white.

Bake the three layers according to recipe/box instructions. Let cool completely, or chill in refrigerator for at least several hours.

Even out cake layers so that all three are the same height. Slice the red and white layers in half horizontally as evenly as possible, so that you end up with four even layers of red and white cake half the size of the blue layer. Use the cream cheese frosting to layer together one of each of the half-height layers of red and white, forming the bottom layer of the cake with white on the bottom and red on the top.

Stack the remaining red and white half-height layers on top of the blue layer and cut a ring out of the center with a serrated knife. You can use a bowl or a small plate as a guide. You will be using the outer ring of blue and the inner circle of the red and white.

Frost the top of the first layer and place the ring of blue into position on top of it. Add a very thin layer of frosting to the inside of the blue ring before adding the small white circle inside. Put frosting on top of the white circle and place the red circle on top. Then frost the whole cake.

When you cut the cake into slices, each slice will look like a miniature American flag!

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