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Happy 4th of July! We decided to make a twist on the flag cake this year, making this America Cake was really easy. We made some sheet cakes then, we used a template to cut out the shape of the U.S. You can decorate it any way you want – I like incorporating blueberries or strawberries since they’re in season. Enjoy!

Click through for instructions!

Materials: Undecorated Sheet Cake, White Frosting, Red & Blue Decorations (we used sprinkles and blueberries,) Knife for Cutting the Cake, Knife for Spreading the Frosting, United States Map Template

Step 1: Place the United States map template (found doing a simple search on Google Images) on top of the sheet cake to guide your knife while you cut around it.
Step 2: Remove the template and cover the cake in white frosting.
Step 3: Decorate!
Step 4: Serve and enjoy.

Photography by Kim A. Thomas for Oh Happy Day
Art Direction by Milan Shimono Lee
Styling by Caitlin Barker
Crafting by Stephanie Pressler

  1. Zarah

    July 3, 2013

    I absolutely love that Alaska and Hawaii are included in this cake! So fun!

  2. Meg

    July 3, 2013

    Nice job capturing the US of A!

  3. Gee | EverythingWeddingsAndMore

    July 3, 2013

    So beautiful and fun! looks yummy too!

  4. Anne

    July 3, 2013

    When I read the title I thought you were going to make a USA flag cake but you’ve taken things to the next level with this! You are so amazing!

  5. Lisette Wolter-McKinley

    July 3, 2013

    My friend has a jello mold in the shape of the United States and does layers of red, white blue.

  6. Jess

    July 3, 2013

    Great cake! Of course it’s wonderful that you’ve included the lovely Hawaii and Alaska too!!


    July 3, 2013

    great idea!!! it’s so cute

    DIY on

  8. Samantha

    July 3, 2013

    When I was in 5th grade, my whole class made giant cookies in the shape of the USA, and decorated them with various geographic features (rocky mountains, mississippi river, etc.) this reminds me of that, but a little more cute and patriotic. Adorable!

  9. MT

    July 3, 2013

    As a Hawaii resident, I, too, love that you’ve included the 50th state! We are so often forgotten (national news, national weather reports, free shipping via various companies). Unfortunately Hawaii has been placed upside down and backwards in the finished cake.

    • jordan
      • jordan
      • July 3, 2013

      Oops! Thanks for the heads up! We’ll make sure to get it right next time. :)

  10. Krisha @ Jacks and Kate

    July 3, 2013

    Great minds think alike! I did the same thing…a little differently. I love your version!

  11. Sarah

    July 3, 2013

    Krisha, yours looks amazing! No outlying states though…. :)

  12. Brooke

    July 3, 2013

    I want to do this! So very clever!

  13. Krisha @ Jacks and Kate

    July 3, 2013

    Thanks Sarah! No…I had hard enough time keeping Florida attached :)

  14. Jackie

    July 3, 2013

    This looks wonderful! Help a woman out–and please give me your icing recipe!

    • jordan
      • jordan
      • July 5, 2013

      We actually cheated and bought vanilla icing at the grocery store. :)

  15. Maria G.

    July 4, 2013

    That’s very creative and really perfect for the Fourth of July. It looks very sensitive to cut especially the slender parts. You must be careful enough so that it won’t break as you cut it. I love the idea though. One question: What’s that red thing you sprinkled on the cake?

  16. nest of posies

    July 5, 2013

    this cake is so creative & darling! love it!!

    do you mind sharing what widget you use for your expanding blog roll? it’s perfect!

    thank you!

  17. annie@mostlovelythings

    July 9, 2013

    This is so cute….of all the red, white & blue, All-American cake…this is the cutest one yet. And the photos just make me melt! Beautiful!!

  18. La Flâneuse

    July 11, 2013

    Love the article and the recipe!

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