Make a Flag Cake

Around this time of year, there are many historical dates and holidays that bring us to remembrance of the many brave men and women who fought courageously for our beloved country and its flag. Today, June 6th, is the anniversary of the Allies clandestinely sending troops onto the beaches at Normandy, otherwise known as D-Day. Memorial Day was observed with parades and services a little over a week ago, and next Thursday, June 14th, is Flag Day. With this in mind, along with the long-awaited paradise of summer ahead of us, here is a way that you can create an opportunity to incorporate learning about our nation’s history into summer fun by making a flag cake. By making this cake together with your children, you will be able to teach history and home economics at the same time!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A cake recipe – whatever flavor you desire
  • White frosting – the flavor does not matter, as long as it is white
  • Strawberries (or raspberries, if desired)
  • A knife
  • Blueberries

Here’s what to do:

  1. First of all, bake the cake. For the purpose of this dessert, put the batter into a rectangle baking dish or pan when cooking. After the cake is done, let it cool completely.
  2. While the cake is in the oven, start slicing the strawberries. The best way to cut them for this particular cake is to remove the white, hard middle and the green leaves out of the strawberry from the top, and then slice the strawberry in half lengthwise.
  3. Next, frost the cake. Using the white frosting, cover the entire cake.
  4. After this is done, start by placing blueberries onto the upper left-hand corner of the cake. If possible, put exactly fifty blueberries on the dessert.
  5. Then, take the strawberries and make horizontal lines across the cake with them, starting at the very top with a red stripe and ending at the very bottom with another red stripe. You can place the strawberry stripes close together, as the white frosting will show through and appear as stripes.
  6. Explain the history of the United States Flag to your children. The basics include the 50 stars representing the 50 states, and the 13 stripes representing the 13 original colonies.
  7. Eat and enjoy!

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