Have a Flag-Waving 4th of July!
This colorful cake adds sparkle to the celebration
Potlucks are a popular way to celebrate just about anything — and July 4th is a great reason to get friends and neighbors together for a patriotic potluck.
This fantastic flag cake serves a lot of people and it’s easy to make. Two little secrets make this cake taste extra good — instant potato flakes keep the cake tender and moist, while mini chocolate chips give little bursts of chocolate with every bite. The colorful fruit on top not only adds great flavor, but it turns this cake into a showstopper that has guests “oohing” and “aahing” in delight.
If you’re going to a potluck party this year, here are some tips for being a good guest:
•Keep it safe: It’s tricky to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold, so make sure the food you’re bringing will be safe at room temperature. For example, on a hot summer day, vinegar-based salad dressings are a better choice than mayonnaise-based ones.
•Keep it simple: Bring dishes that are ready to serve. Asking to pop something into the host’s oven for “just a few minutes” is inconvenient for the host and the guests waiting to eat.
•Keep it practical: Label your dish so that guests know what they’re getting. It’s also a big help if you bring your own serving utensils — the host won’t be forced to hunt for something, and the line won’t get held up waiting.
•Keep it yours: If you need to take your serving dish home, be sure to label it. A bit of masking tape with your name on it can be discreetly placed on the dish so it doesn’t get mixed up with someone else’s.
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Makes 20 servings
1 C. water
1 C. instant mashed potato flakes
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 2/3 C. granulated sugar
1 C. butter or margarine, softened
4 large eggs
3/4 C. milk
2 C. semi-sweet chocolate mini morsels
8 oz. frozen lite whipped topping, thawed
2 C. sliced strawberries
1/2 C. blueberries
Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan; line with wax paper. Heat water to boiling in small saucepan; remove from heat. Stir in potato flakes until moistened. Cool to room temperature. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a medium bowl.
Beat sugar and butter until crumbly. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; beat in potatoes. Gradually beat in flour mixture alternately with milk. Stir in morsels. Spoon into prepared baking pan.
Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 15 minutes. Invert onto wire rack; remove wax paper. Cool completely. Transfer to serving platter.
Frost sides and top of cake with whipped topping. Just prior to serving, arrange strawberry slices and blueberries on top of cake to represent the American flag.
Courtesy of Family Features