You will be wowed by this cake! It looks elegant and unassuming on the outside, but when you cut into it, there is a flag inside. Great for patriotic celebrations, this cake looks complicated to make but is actually easy to construct. I chose to frost this cake in basic white piped stars because the flag inside is the wow factor! Not only does it look good, but this vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream tastes phenomenal. To top it off, you only need a mixer for the buttercream because the cake batter is stirred by hand. Click here to jump to the recipe.
These layers rise so well that it is easy to cut or split the layers in half. I placed the knife on risers and cut the white layer into two pieces.
Using a 4-inch cookie cutter, cut one 4-inch layer out of one of the split white 9-inch layers. The other 9-inch layer is set aside to use later.
The 9-inch red layer is also cut in half. These layers are set aside for use later.
A 6-inch red layer is baked and using a cookie cutter, a 4-inch red layer is cut out of it. This small layer will fit like a puzzle piece into another layer during the cake construction. The leftover “doughnut” is not used for the cake construction. Discard it or enjoy a little snack!
You use the cookie cutter to cut out a 4-inch circle from the blue layer. Use the doughnut, but discard the 4-inch layer.
Construction begins by placing a red layer on a cake platter adding some frosting. Then add a white layer and frost it.
In the above photo, you can see the pattern: red layer, frosting, white layer, frosting, red layer, frosting, and then the blue donut layer that has the hole. Take a 4-inch white layer and place it in the hole, pushing it to the bottom. Add a layer of frosting. Then place the red 4-inch layer in the hole and level it with the top of the blue layer. Now you have a complete cake and the middle holes are filled.
Now add a skim coat of frosting to the entire cake. Then use a large star tip and piping bag and make stars all over the cake. Put in small stars with the same tip (just don’t squeeze as hard) to fill in any holes where the cake shows through.
This is a tall 5-layer cake. The blue layer is considered two layers because of the white and red 4-inch layers inside the doughnut hole.
With the cake piped in white stars, it looks delicious, but is rather unassuming. However, once cut, it says “wow!”
Because this cake is so tall, you can get about 20 or more slices out of it since you don’t have to cut the slices so wide.