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����������� Traditional Flag CakeA very popular Fourth of July flag cake uses strawberries, whipped cream and blueberries to form a red, white and blue version of the American flag.

When you have your kids helping you assemble the cake, it's fun to discover other things that are red, white and blue you can use to make a flag cake.You want to use a 13 x 9 in.

glass dish for the cake.

You can use any cake recipe you like; chocolate, yellow, white or even strawberry- whichever your family likes the best.

Make sure the cake is cool before assembling the flag.Since there is going to be candy on top, maybe it's wise to at least make the cake somewhat healthy! A healthy cake recipe can be found at Eating Well.

If you don't want to take the time necessary to make a cake from scratch, you can use box cake mix.Here are some alternatives that make the kids smile and giggle when assembling this alternative twist to the traditional flag cake recipe:In place of strawberries for the stripes you can use:red licorice; Twizzlers or the shoe string kindred gum dropsred fruit roll-upsred raspberriesred gummies; gummie bears, fruit chews etc.In place of the blueberries you can use:Blue M&M'sBlue SkittlesBlue KissesOr like the American flag itself, create a dark blue background in the upper left corner with white stars.

Use a fruit roll up the shade of dark navy.

Cut the strips to fit the upper left corner, overlap them slightly and then attach the white "stars" to it.Here is what you can use for the white stars:mini marshmallows cut in halfmini white chocolate kissesuse white icing with a star tip to create 50 starsWhipped cream is still a good alternative to regular icing for this cake.

The candy will more than likely be picked off the cake first then eaten by your little ones.

That leaves just the whipped cream and cake and the whipped cream won't be too sweet like traditional icing can be sometimes.The traditional flag recipe using fresh fruit by the Barefoot Contessa is delicious and may be the smart choice for adults.

If you have the time, make both cakes, one for the kids and one for the adults, and enjoy!The "star area" may be the piece of cake every kid wants at the Fourth of July party.

Make sure you have some extra toppings to help with crowd control and keep all the kids happy!��
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