American flag strawberry poke cake
Well, hello there! Who is ready for this weekend already? My hand went up first, I just know it. Ha!
July 4th is always one of the funnest, most festive holiday's of the year here in the States, and with all the horrible headlines our country has been seeing lately ... I think it's one we're all needing, a weekend to come together and just love and celebrate where we come from! We all have so much to be thankful for because this is the country that we call home.
So, what do you have planned for the weekend? On Friday, my roommate, Kristan, and good friend, Gina, are heading up to Charleston! I'm so excited. I've only been to Charleston once and it was, literally, for 24 hours. It will be so fun to explore and soak up some sun! Let me know in the comments below if you have any suggestions!
I can tell you that if I was staying in town, I would be baking another American Flag Cake to bring over to my Dad and Stepmom's house to enjoy poolside with them! If you're looking for something to bring to whatever celebration you're off to, I highly recommend this cake! It's super easy but, just a head's up ... you will need to start it on Friday night. I promise – I am no chef and the recipe is super easy and it turned out DELICIOUS. I'll leave the recipe at the end of the post for you!
While I'm not in the kitchen often, and certainly far from being consider a master chef, I do like to make sure I have everything necessary to host a few friends for wine, appetizers or dessert around my kitchen! These measuring cups, shaped as whales, from Modcloth make cooking just a little more fun! The measurement is on the bottom making them super easy to use. And, these serving plates are cheeky and cute serving dishes! Here are a few other items I have my eye on ... I just wish I had more space, ha!
Like I said earlier, if you're looking to bring something to your 4th of July celebration, definitely consider this recipe! Don't let the total time deter you! It's super simple! Three of those hours is just the fact that the cake has to sit in the refrigerator for that long before you can add the frosting to it because the Jell-O has to gel. I'll leave some other recipe options below this one:
FOR THE CAKE
- 1 (15.25 oz.) boxed white cake mix + its ingredients
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 (3 oz.) box strawberry flavored Jell-o
- 1/2 cup cold water
FOR THE FROSTING
- 1 (8 oz.) tub Cool-Whip non-dairy whipped topping
- 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
FOR THE TOPPING
- 1 pound strawberries, sliced thin
- 1-2 cups blueberries
- Make cake as directed on the back of the box for a 9×13″ pan.
- Let the cake cool for 20 minutes then "poke" cake with a large fork over the entire surface.
- Mix together the boiling water and Jell-O until the mix is completely dissolved.
- Pour in the cold water and mix well. Then, pour evenly over the cake.
- Cover the cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate for three hours.
- Combine the Cool-Whip, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla and beat until smooth with a mixer. Spread on top of cake.
- Top with strawberry slices and blueberries to match the flag pattern.
- Keep in the fridge until ready to serve.
NOTES: Be sure cream cheese has thawed to room temperature before mixing to avoid clumpy frosting.