Each year we have a party on the 4th of July and my mom brings her fabulous 4th of July cake. There are always a few invited guests to our home, but the group seems to grow once the fireworks begin.
Our city hosts an annual community fireworks display which can be seen for miles. Huge crowds gather for the public fireworks show. Families picnic and bands play for hours before the display. Because we can view the fireworks display from our yard, we choose to stay on our own property.
We have a lot of great neighbors who enjoy celebrating the 4th of July by shooting their own fireworks prior to the main event. It is always fun to hear the laughter ring and the ooh’s and aah’s as fireworks light the night sky. We consider the city display to be our grand finale.
For a few hours each year we feel like we are a part of a grand celebration where everyone is welcome and where we are all united.
- Homemade Barbeque Sandwiches
- We also include Boca Burgers for our Vegetarian family members
- French Fries or Potato Chips
- Baked Beans
- Potato Salad or Slaw
- Sodas, Lemonade and Iced Tea
- For dessert: My Mom’s 4th of July Cake
Mom cut this recipe out years ago. It was originally distributed by Cool Whip.
Copied from above recipe to make ingredients and instructions easier to read
- 2 Pints Strawberries
- 1 Package frozen Sara Lee Pound Cake, cut into slices
- 1 1/3 cups Blueberries
- 1 12 oz. Cool Whip Whipped Topping, thawed
- SLICE 1 cup of the strawberries; set aside.
- Halve remaining strawberries; set aside
- LINE bottom of 12 x 8 inch baking dish with cake slices. Top with 1 cup slices strawberries, 1 cup of the blueberries and all the whipped topping.
- PLACE strawberry halves and remaining 1/3 cup of blueberries on whipped topping to create flag design.
- REFRIGERATE until ready to serve
Recommended Serving / Baking Dish
Either of these would be fine. The goal is to use a rectangle dish to replicate the shape of a flag. Over the years, I have seen and made several variations of the Flag Cake.
Friends in Other Countries
Obviously this article is about a 4th of July celebration in the United States and the cake recipe is for the US flag, but why not have fun with it and celebrate your own patriotism for your country.
Use the properly colored fruit and make your own design by shaping and arranging the fruit accordingly.
If you make your own flag cake using this recipe, we would love to see it. Send me a photo and I will gladly feature it here.
Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July!