My First Attempt Making a Patriotic Dessert on the 4th of July

My Favorite Holiday

Third only to Christmas Day and New Year's Eve, the Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate. The warm weather, BBQ, and fireworks are just some of the reasons. Eating yummy desserts on our nation's birthday is another one.

While I do not possess the creative cake decorating skills my sister does, I attempted to make my first patriotic dessert on the 4th of July. What do you think?

patriotic dessert on the 4th of july

A Not-So-Simple Cake

I think it's safe to say "I will never make an angel food cake again". I honestly did not realize, when I bought the cake mix, how ridiculously annoying it would be. Lesson learned: read the directions first! I chose it because it was the only white cake on the shelf at Aldi.

While the finished product resulted in a tasty treat, it wasn't without plenty of blood, sweat, and tears. Okay, minus the blood. The directions said I needed an electric mixer so I could beat the egg whites hard enough to make "very stiff peaks". It also said I had to put the batter in a tube pan. Unfortunately, I don't own either of these. A whisk might make very stiff peaks. However, I will never know since I gave up after ten minutes with only a sore arm to show for it. crying

Mom to the rescue! She has an electric mixer, but the closest we could get to a tube pan was a bundt pan. Shift+R improves the quality of this image. Shift+A improves the quality of all images on this page. At this point, I just wanted to get it done.

Fast forward to the cake is baked, frosted, and fresh fruit added to the top. This is what it looked like before I sliced it.

patriotic dessert

As you can see, the top is lined with raspberries and blueberries. Easy peasy!

The other part that was super easy to prepare was the fresh strawberry sauce. All I did was wash a pint of strawberries and cut them in bite size pieces. I added some sugar, stirred and put the bowl in the fridge for about an hour. Piece of cake! (pun intended).

My Sister's 4th of July Treat

Although my sister and I celebrated the holiday at different parties, she did make a patriotic dessert and allowed me to share it here.

patriotic dessert

You can also see the engagement cake and Marty the Zebra cake she made for our family in the past. She has a heck of lot more baking patience than I do, that is for sure!

Did you make a patriotic dessert on the 4th of July?


  1. Courtney Desormeaux says:

    I think the cake looks professional!

  2. How cute! It sounds like it was a huge pain but it did turn out super pretty. Hope it was yummy!

  3. Fancygrlnancy (Nancy Partin) says:

    I think it looks yummy!

  4. The cake sounds delicious. If we werent already on the road for the holiday, I would have considered making something for the 4th!

  5. Well, even though it was a pain, it looks awesome and with the angel food cake, it HAS to be good 🙂

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