I love the colors of Red, White, and Blue… and love being able to incorporate them into a cake!

I especially love being able to celebrate this great nation of ours.


This design is pretty old school, as my close personal friend Buddy the Cake Boss likes to say.

And when I say close personal friend you know I mean total stranger.

Just sayin.


This is all vanilla frosting. The hard to distinguish black border around the star is my glaze icing. (the icing I use in place of royal icing)

The blue border and white bottom border is just piped stars… very Wilton old school. Which is really all ‘new’ school to me since I just started doing this about a year ago.


I wanted to add a fun detail to the top… I just piped out a design I saw in our local newspaper last week.


Thats all, thanks for coming by!

Oh, I’m kidding.

You know I cant make a cake without something weird inside.


A flag Surprise Inside Cake!




In all honesty… I think I overshot the basket on this one.

In the future I would make the internal flag cake, but with little to no decoration on the outside. Or, make the decoration on the outside, but just do white or red velvet on the inside.

I found this cake to be just a bit to busy. My dear hubby disagreed, but I think he is just such a cheerleader for my baking he was being kind. 🙂


If you want to add some patriotic spirit to your July 4th but dont
want to tackle a cake, you can also try out these super easy and fun pancakes!

Or cupcakes.

Or fruit sheet cake. The possibilities are endless!




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Meet Amanda Rettke

Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

  1. Wow, what a cake! I love how the colours go through the cake as well. I have never seen that before. It would really be a great talking point. More cakes like this. Brilliant!!!

  2. Your cakes are beautifully done!!
    Here are many inspired Summer and Patriotic entertaining, decorations and gift ideas that would look good around these gourmet cakes.

  3. when i made this cake it came out great! but one thing i couldn’t get over was the crumbs that were all over it do you have any tips on a way to make tit looks cleaner?

  4. I love it. I have been decorating cakes on the OUTSIDE only! I may give this a try for the 4th.

  5. I saw this on the BlogHer Newsletter and said, “that looks like Amanda!”
    Oh, yeah! Oh, yeah! It is! And I’m cool. But totally not as cool as you!
    Awesome! You are making a name for yourself. Great work!

  6. Hi Amanda,
    This cake looks fantastic! What frosting and coloring gel did you use for the red sections? I am currently having trouble getting a nice red buttercream without it tasting funny and needing to use the whole botter of Americolor super red!

  7. How funny I had no idea you had a post for this already, I just based mine off of the rainbow checkerboard cake. I love the decorations around the side of the cake. I need to work on my frosting skills more.

    1. I dont think you need to work on your frosting more… I just think you need to bake more cakes! I love your creativity; inside and out! You have such a wonderful eye for decorating and are so fun! 🙂 Keep it up girl!

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