Project Crawl: Independence Baked Goods

Baking? I thought this blog was about crafting?!”

Fear not, faithful readers. This week’s Project Crawl is just a little different in honor of our nation’s birth. And because it’s darn tasty and the birthday cake I’ve had for the past 10 years. Boys and gals, I present… FLAG CAKE!

It’s kind of like a craft! You “assemble” it rather than “bake” it. And because it’s so easy to make, you’ll have more time to make newspaper hats and centerpieces out of old sparklers. See how this all comes together?

This cake is made mostly of Cool Whip. Yummy, totally fake Cool Whip. Oh sure, there are some blueberries and strawberries somewhere in there, but the basis of this confectionary concoction is COOL WHIP.

::And speaking of Cool Whip, do you guys remember this hottie? I actually wrote to him when I was 10 asking if I could have some of his stickers for my Trapper Keeper. I actually received some!::

Take a look at the recipe, courtesy of Kraft Foods:

  • 1 qt. strawberries (about 4 cups), divided
  • 1-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 pkg. (8-serving size) or 2 pkg. (4-serving size each) JELL-O Brand Gelatin, any red flavor
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 pkg. (12 oz.) pound cake, cut into 10 slices
  • 1-1/3 cups blueberries, divided
  • 1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed

SLICE 1 cup of the strawberries; set aside. Halve remaining strawberries; set aside.
STIR boiling water into dry gelatin mix in large bowl 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Add enough ice to cold water to measure 2 cups. Add to gelatin; stir until ice is melted. Refrigerate 5 minutes or until slightly thickened (consistency of unbeaten egg whites). Meanwhile, line bottom of 13×9-inch dish with cake slices. Add sliced strawberries and 1 cup of the blueberries to thickened gelatin; stir gently. Spoon over cake slices.
REFRIGERATE 4 hours or until firm. Spread whipped topping over gelatin. Arrange strawberry halves on whipped topping for “stripes” of “flag.” Arrange remaining 1/3 cup blueberries on whipped topping for “stars.” Store leftover cake in refrigerator.

Now, since I’m a veggie, I leave out the gelatin aspect of this recipe. I also have actually never used it before even when I did eat lil’ animals, so you’re not missing anything by skipping that step. For the complete lowdown, check this out. Remember, if you make some, let me know because I’ll want to come over and share it with you. After all, my birthday IS coming up…

But the flag magic doesn’t stop there, kids. Kraft continues to think “outside the flaggy box” with some of these variations:

  • Patriotic Pie, you say?
  • “Wave Your Flag Cheesecake”…and my personal favorite…

  • Grand Old Flag Cheese Spread!
    Does that not just scream July 4, 1956?! I think so.Food-related craft!
    Ok, this is funny. Check this out!

    And since I never get to chat frosting with anyone, I’ll leave you guys with this great clip: