Mini American Flag Cake
This mini American flag cake is a small batch version of the popular American flag sheet cakes for 4th of July celebrations. The cake starts with a fluffy, white sheet cake base baked in a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. The cake is then topped with freshly whipped cream and fresh fruit (typically, blueberries and raspberries or strawberries). This fruit is arranged in the shape of an American flag. However, if you’re not feeling particularly patriotic, feel free to skip the flag decor! Simply top the cake with any fruit of your choice instead.
What flavor is white cake?
White cake tastes mostly like butter, milk, and vanilla. It’s a great, neutral cake base for pairing with fruit. In the past, I’ve also paired white cake with strawberries (see: this Very Small Batch Strawberry Cake), blackberries (see: this Blackberry Almond Layer Cake), and raspberries (see: this White Chocolate and Raspberry Sheet Cake).
What is the difference between white and yellow cake?
Both white and yellow cakes are vanilla flavored cakes. However, yellow cake recipes use whole eggs, and while white cake exclusively uses egg whites. Doing so results in a crumb that is almost pure white. It’s the perfect cake base for wedding cakes and funfetti cakes (since the white cake allows the sprinkles in the batter to pop).
Why You Should Make This Mini American Flag Cake Recipe
In addition to being extremely delicious, there are other good reasons to make this mini American flag cake recipe:
This mini American flag cake recipe is based on a popular 4th of July celebration cake by Ina Garten.
Although American flag cakes have apparently been around for centuries, we can credit Food Network star and best-selling cookbook author Ina Garten for introducing this fruit-adorned sheet cake version into the mainstream. According to this Food52 article on the history of flag cake (it’s ABSOLUTELY worth reading if you have the time), Ina began by selling the flag cake out of her specialty food store for the 4th of July. It became so popular that she had to limit orders to 50 per summer. Later, after she published the recipe in one of her cookbooks and showcased it in an “All American” episode of her show, the cake picked up steam. Its popularity reached an all-time high when Taylor Swift baked Ina’s recipe and shared it with millions of her followers.
This mini American flag cake is very small batch.
Ina Garten’s original recipe instructs you to bake the cake in a half sheet pan. A half sheet pan typically measures around 18 x 13-inches. That’s enough for serving around 48 people! But since many of us are still avoiding large gatherings, I decided to make a very small batch version of the cake. The recipe makes only enough batter to be baked in a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. The resulting cake is approximately a quarter of the size of Ina’s original recipe. What does that mean in terms of serving size? The cake makes 8 petite servings (or 2 generous ones). It’s the perfect amount for a small household celebrating special occasions during these crazy times!
This mini American flag cake recipe uses small quantities of ingredients.
Because this mini American flag cake recipe is small batch, it uses only a small amount of pantry ingredients. Specifically: the cake uses less than 1 cup of staples like flour, sugar, and milk! Cool, right?
This mini American flag cake comes together quickly.
All in all, the white cake batter takes about 10 minutes to make. And because it makes such a small amount of batter, it only takes 25 minutes to bake in the oven (regular sized sheet cakes typically bake for about 40 minutes). The whipped cream topping is a breeze, too. It takes less than 5 minutes to whip the cream, and even less than that to assemble and decorate the cake!
Mini American Flag Cake: An Exclusive Recipe for Patreon Subscribers
Now that I’ve convinced you to make these small batch cinnamon rolls, I have some potentially bad news. You’ll need to support me on Patreon to access the recipe. Before you click out, please either check out this post about why I started a Patreon and/or learn more why below.
The TL/DR is this: Patreon supporters of Hummingbird High get exclusive access to extra recipes like this mini American flag cake with a basic $1 or $5 subscription. Supporters also have the exclusive ability to choose what recipes I develop for Patreon by participating in a monthly poll. Previous recipes have included this small batch blueberry scone recipe, this very small batch yellow sheet cake recipe, and this small batch cinnamon rolls recipe (whose concept was voted on by nearly 200 Patreon supporters). Hooray!
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By becoming a patron of Hummingbird High, you are enabling me to keep developing the baking recipes that you have been using and relying on during these critical times. You’ll also enable me to shift my focus away from pitching to sponsors and working on branded content, and instead spend more time creating recipes and tutorials that are specifically made for you and your needs. You can see examples of this work on my Instagram profile with small batch recipe tutorials like the Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie for Two, and these recipe blog posts for Small Batch Brownies, Small Batch Blueberry Muffins, and Small Batch Banana Nut Muffins.
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Other (Free!) Sheet Cake Recipes
- Banana Sheet Cake with Dulcey Cream Cheese Frosting
- Coffee Tres Leches Cake
- Potluck Chocolate Sheet Cake
- Very Small Batch Funfetti Sheet Cake
- Very Small Batch Strawberry Sheet Cake
- White Chocolate and Raspberry Sheet Cake
Other (Free!) Small Batch Recipes
- Better-Than-Supernatural Fudge Brownies (makes 2 large brownies, or 8 petite ones)
- Banana Nut Muffins (makes 6 muffins)
- Blueberry Muffins (makes 4 muffins)
- Chaffle Recipe (makes 1 large waffle, or 2 medium ones)
- Dalgona Coffee (makes 1 large drink, or 2 medium ones)
- Flourless Chocolate Cookies (makes 4 large cookies)
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