October 3, 2023


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Cream Cheese 4th of July Cake, Texas StyleJoy the Baker

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A traditional American flag cake made with a cream cheese sheet cake and lightweight cream cheese whipped frosting.  It is a excellent 4th of July cake topped with recent berries and, for those who’re feeling significantly Texan, adorned because the Texas flag.

It seems, the quantity of GIANT Texas flags that dot the interstate throughout Houston are contagious.  The Texas flag is as iconic as my old fashioned pound cake recipe so it solely made sense to affix the 2.

Simply in time for the 4th of July further lengthy vacation weekend, right here’s one in all my favourite July desserts – cake, whipped cream, and recent summer time berries.

Right here’s how!

Listed here are the elements you’ll have to make this Texas-style 4th of July Cake:

•  unsalted butter, softened to room temperature (a lot of it)

•  cream cheese, additionally softened

•  recent strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries

•  giant eggs

•  granulated sugar

•  vanilla extract and almond extract for those who’re into that form of factor

•  baking powder

•  kosher salt

•  powdered sugar

•  heavy cream

Place softened butter, cream cheese, and granulated sugar within the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment.

Beat for five to 7 minutes to aerate and fluff the fat with the sugar.  Add a splash of vanilla and a splash of almond extract.  Almond extract MAKES a cake for my part.

Beat in eggs, one by one for a couple of minute between every addition.  Cease the mixer and scrape down the perimeters of the bowl from time to time.  Incorporating the eggs slowly like it will assist make the cake mild and tender so don’t rush.

Whisk collectively the dry elements earlier than slowly beating into the butter and cream cheese combination.  Give it whip and scrape the underside of the bowl with a rubber spatula  to seek out any hidden unmixed pockets.

Spoon the cake batter right into a greased and parchment lined pan. Unfold the batter in an excellent layer with a offset spatula.  It’s a thick and wealthy batter. It’s giving luxurious. It’s giving wealth.

Bake the cake within the higher third of the oven till a toothpick inserted within the heart comes out clear or with a number of moist crumbs (not moist batter).

It is a dense pound cake fashion sheet cake that gained’t dome however will bake to a beautiful crackly golden high.

Whereas the cake bakes, we’ll take advantage of mild and fluffy cream cheese frosting.  This frosting is a combination between thick cream cheese frosting and sweetened whipped cream.  Cream cheese stabilizes whipped cream and whipped cream lightened cream cheese.  It’s an ideal praise for this sturdy cake.

You may depart this cake within the pan to frost and embellish, particularly for those who’re taking it to a celebration.  If you wish to serve it on a board, raise the cake from the pan, scoot it off the parchment paper, and swoop with frosting.

Adorning the cake with recent berries is my favourite half.  For those who’re going Texan, reduce a star form out of the cake earlier than frosting.  Frost the cake, divide it into thirds and layer cake with blue berries, purple berries, and banana slices.

For those who’re going for an American flag cake, you understand how to make it an entire stars and stripes state of affairs.

Suggestions for assembling your 4th of July cake:

Frost and chill the cake till you’re able to serve (or prepared to move to a barbecue).  Simply earlier than serving, layer with berries and bananas and rechill earlier than serving.  I feel this cake is greatest served chilled.

The flavour is easy, candy and summery.  A really recent 4th of July second.  And what would a slice of cake be and not using a few fireworks?

For those who’re extra of a boxed cake combine babe, you can also make a equally festive cake utilizing this coconut cake recipe or this strawberry cake.  No incorrect solutions.

Go away any questions or cake feedback beneath and we love once you charge the recipe after you bake it!  Comfortable Baking, pals! xo


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close up of 4th of July flag cake

The (Texas) Flag Cake made with Cream Cheese Pound Cake and Frosting



For the Cake:

For the Topping:


  1. Place a rack within the higher third of the oven and preheat oven to 325 levels F. Frivolously grease a 9×13-inch pan. Minimize a chunk of parchment paper that matches within the pan lengthwise with a number of inches of overhang to make the cake simpler to raise out of the pan for those who’d like. Frivolously grease the parchment paper, too.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk collectively flour, baking powder, and salt. Put aside.
  3. Within the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat collectively butter, cream cheese, and sugar on medium pace. Beat till fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Cease the mixer often and scrape down the perimeters of the bowl. Improve pace to medium-high for 1 minute or so. Beat within the vanilla and splash of almond extract.
  4. On low pace, beat the eggs into the batter one by one, beating for 1 minute between every addition.
  5. Cease the mixer and add the dry elements unexpectedly. Beat on low speeds till the flour simply disappears. Cease the mixer and use a rubber spatula to scrape into the underside of the bowl to include any hidden pockets of unmixed batter or flour.
  6. Whip the batter for 45-60 seconds on medium-high pace on the mixer simply to totally incorporate the batter.
  7. Spoon the batter into the ready pan and clean to an excellent layer.
  8. Bake till the cake is golden and puffed, till a cake skewer inserted within the cake comes out clear or with a number of moist crumbs, 60-65 minutes. Rotate the cake as soon as throughout baking.
  9. Permit the cake to chill fully earlier than frosting.
  10. Make the frosting whereas the cake cools. To make the frosting, within the bowl of a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, addd softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, and salt. Beat on medium pace to melt the cream cheese additional and incorporate the elements. Cease the mixer and bang the whisk on the facet of the bowl to empty the whisk, and scrape down the perimeters of the bowl and proceed to combine to completely soften the cream cheese.
  11. With the mixer on medium pace, slowly add the heavy cream to the mixer. Because the combination begins to thicken, cease the mixer and scrape down the bowl the perimeters of the bowl earlier than beating on excessive pace to tender however stiff peaks.
  12. To assemble the cake, determine for those who’re going to maintain the cake within the pan or serve it outdoors of the pan. Rigorously raise the cake out for those who’ve chosen that journey. For those who’re making a Texas flag, use a star formed cookie cutter to chop a star out of the left facet of the cake and raise the star out. Spoon many of the frosting in heaps throughout the cake and swoosh with an offset spatula. Reserve a number of the frosting to pipe stars throughout the cake.
  13. Chill the cake and high the cake with berries near serving.
  14. For the blue part of the flag, layer blueberries and blackberries. Prime with the star and some stars of frosting.
  15. For the purple part, layer raspberries and strawberries and high with a number of stars of frosting.
  16. For the white part (I do that simply earlier than serving the cake), layer with banana slices and some stars of frosting.
  17. Get pleasure from cake chilled.

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