All American Cake & A Wilton Giveaway


{Giveaway now closed}

(Congratulations to random drawn winner: Patricia Wojnar Crowley! I will be contacting you to get your information.)

With the 4th of July just around the corner, it’s time to start planning the party.

I have partnered up with Wilton, to help you create one Festive Fourth.

{Well… at least one out-of-this-world cake}

Wilton has graciously agreed to give one lucky I Wash…You Dry reader a glorious gift pack full of goodies to help you create this beautiful cake I made (Plus there are 4 other giveaways you can enter to win even more Wilton stuff)(keep reading…).

Isn’t she a beauty?

The best part about this cake is what’s hidden on the inside.

It’s sure to shock your party guests, and leave them begging to know how you made it. You’ll be the star of your 4th of July party for sure. Forget about the fireworks, everyone will be staring at your cake.

And here’s the kicker… it’s actually extremely easy to make, and Wilton has all the tools you’ll need.

Ready to see the inside?

You may need to sit down…

Crazy right?

There is an American Flag right inside your cake.

And I haven’t looked into it, but I’m 97% sure it’s not illegal to eat an American Flag. {don’t quote me on that}

Before you check out, and start thinking, “This just looks too difficult to make.”

Stop. Cause it’s totes easy and I’m going to show you how.

Right. Now.

Just a quick tip for any sort of cake baking. Spend the extra 3.42 minutes to trace out circles of parchment paper to fit the bottom of your cake pans.

This one step can save you tons of heartache when it comes to getting the cake out of the pan. With the paper, it slides right out, and the paper peels off like butter.

It’s worth it.

Let’s continue shall we? 

This is a 5 layer cake. It’s a mix of red velvet and white cake. The blue portion of the cake is simply a white cake turned blue with some Wilton Icing color. Since it’s 5 layers, and I am all about easy, I did the boxed cake mix thing.

We’re going to need 1 box of Red Velvet Cake Mix, and 1 1/2 boxes of White Cake Mix. I made this cake with an 8″ round pan (which is also up for grabs in this giveaway), but you can also use a 9″ cake pan if you prefer.

Since there are two layers of Red Velvet Cake, mix up your cake mix according to the box instructions and remove 1/2 a cup of cake batter and set it aside for later. Pour the remaining batter into two cake pans and bake.

See that little strip of fabric around my cake pan? That my friends is one genius idea from Wilton. They are called Bake Even Strips, and they do exactly what they say. By soaking them in water and wrapping them around the pan it helps the cake to bake more evenly. Which results in a more even cake with less “dome” to trim off later.

They are reusable, so once these cakes were done baking, I removed them from the pan, soaked them again, and I was ready for my second batch of layers.

Remove the cakes from the pans once they have cooled for about 15 minutes, and let them cool completely on a wire rack (also up for grabs in this giveaway).

Now we take 1 whole box of White Cake mix, AND 1 1/2 cups of cake mix from another box of White Cake mix. Add ONLY egg whites, not yolks to the cake, along with the essential water and oil, and mix it up.

Now remove approximately 1/3 of the cake batter into a separate bowl and set aside for later.

To the remaining 2/3 of cake batter add some Royal Blue icing color and mix until the color is blended completely.

Still with me? Good…we’re getting to the fun part.

Now we are going to make the blue layers of the flag cake.

Place a metal round cookie cutter in the center of your cake pans (don’t forget the parchment paper!). I used a 3″ round cookie cutter, but in all honesty, a 4″ would have worked better for an 8″ round cake pan. And if you’re using a 9″ cake pan, use a 5″ round cookie cutter. Wilton has this pack of Nesting Cookie cutters that contains 4 different sizes, up to 5″.

Carefully place the 1/2 cup of Red Velvet cake into the center of the cookie cutter, being cautious not to move it. Then fill in the outside with half of the blue cake batter.

Use about 1/2 cup of white cake batter to put into the center of the cookie cutter, and then fill the outside with the remaining blue cake batter.

Since we don’t really want to eat any cookie cutters today, let’s carefully remove them. Grab the outer rim of the cookie cutter and very gently pull straight up.

Very nice!

Make sure to wrap your cake pans with the Bake Even Strips again, and carefully place them in the oven. Once they are done baking let them sit in the cake pan for 15 minutes, then remove to cooking rack to cool completely.

Pour the remaining White Cake Batter into a prepared pan, wrap, bake, cool…you’ve got the routine by now.

While the cakes are cooling, whip up a quick batch of Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting (recipe below).

Trim the tops of the cakes to make them completely flat.

On your cake stand, or plate, or where ever you are going to place this glorious cake, smear a tiny bit of frosting on the base to hold the cake in place.

Then begin assembling the layers like so…

Red Velvet.


White Cake.


Red Velvet.


Blue Cake with White Cake center.


Blue Cake with Red Velvet center.

Almost done!

Now, just cover this beauty in the remaining frosting.

I apologize for the blurriness of this picture, I was being all professional and taking pictures with my left hand. I wanted to show you this great tool from Wilton. It’s their new Icing Smoother (also up for grabs in this giveaway!), and it helps give your cake that nice sleek look.

To create those cute stars, save a little bit of frosting and use a disposable frosting bag (also up for grabs in this giveaway!) and use with the Large Drop Flower #1B tip from Wilton.

And now you’re done!

See that wasn’t so hard was it?

Just wait till your friends and family cut into this cake…

Look how cute that is!

So Patriotic!

Read past the recipes to learn more about the GIVEAWAY!!{giveaway now closed}

All American Flag Cake
  • 1 (18.25oz) box Red Velvet Cake Mix
  • 3 eggs
  • ⅓ cup oil
  • 1¼ cups water
  • 1 (18.25oz) boxes White Cake Mix
  • 1½ cups White Cake Mix (in addition to first box)
  • 6 egg whites
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1⅔ cups water
  • ¼ tsp Royal Blue Icing Color
  • Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting (see additional recipe)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cut 5 (8 inch) circles out of parchment paper to line the bottoms of the cake pans.
  3. In a large bowl combine the Red Velvet Cake mix with ⅓ cups oil, 3 eggs, and 1¼ cups water. Beat for 30 seconds on low, then an additional 2 minutes on medium speed.
  4. Remove ½ cup cake batter and set aside for later.
  5. Divide remaining cake batter among two 8" prepared cake pans, and bake for 32-35 minutes (for an 8" cake pan) or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Let cool in pans for 15 minutes, then remove and place on wire racks to cool completely.
  7. In a clean large bowl combine 1 (18.25oz) box of cake mix with an ADDITIONAL 1½ cups (from another box of mix) of cake mix, with 6 egg WHITES, ½ cup oil, and 1⅔ cups water. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds and then medium speed for another 2 minutes.
  8. Remove approximately ⅓ of the entire white cake batter and place in a separate bowl. Set aside for later use. To the remaining ⅔ of white cake batter add ¼ tsp of Royal Blue Icing color, and continue to mix until the blue is fully incorporated into the batter.
  9. Prepare another two 8" round cake pans with parchment paper. Place a 4 inch round metal cookie cutter in the center of each cake pan. Fill one cookie cutter with the remaining ½ cup Red Velvet cake batter, and fill the other cookie cutter with the WHITE cake batter. Divide the BLUE cake batter between the two cake pans; filling the outer portion of the cookie cutter only. Carefully grab the outside of the cookie cutters and gently pull up to remove the cookie cutter from the cake pan.
  10. Bake for 28-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes before removing to cool completely on wire racks.
  11. Prepare one last 8" cake pan with parchment paper and fill with the remaining WHITE cake batter. Bake for 23-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  12. Trim the top "dome" of the cakes to make flat level cakes.
  13. Prepare Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
  14. To layer cake start by placing a tablespoon worth of frosting on the cake stand or plate to help anchor the cake, then top with a layer of Red Velvet Cake. Frost the top of the layer all the way to the edges, it's alright if it goes over the edge. Next place the layer of WHITE cake on top, followed by frosting, layer of Red Velvet, more frosting, Blue Cake with White cake Center, more frosting, Blue Cake with Red Velvet center.
  15. Frost the rest of the cake with the remaining frosting, reserving some frosting to decorate with desired frosting tips (optional) {I used large Drop Flower Tip #1B}
Notes from Shawn:
Tools you will need:
At least two (8 inch OR 9 inch) round cake pans.
At least one (4 inch OR 5 inch) Metal Round Cookie Cutter.
Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
  • 1½ cups butter; softened
  • 1½ cups shortening
  • 6 tbsp heavy cream
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  1. In a large bowl combine butter and shortening. Beat until smooth and combined.
  2. Gradually add cream, vanilla, and salt to the bowl, and beat for an additional 2 minutes until smooth and fluffy.
  3. Add powdered sugar ½ cup at a time, beating in between each addition.
  4. Use between layers of cake, to cover cakes, and to decorate cakes.

Wilton has graciously agreed to GIVE AWAY all these goodies to ONE lucky reader!

Here’s how to enter: {GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED}

Leave a comment below, telling me what color shirt you are wearing! :) Fun!

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  8. Tweet this statement:   I want to create a #FestiveFourth with @WiltonCakes and @iwashyoudry and WIN this #giveaway

The contest will close June 26, 2012 at 12:01am. A winner will be chosen by using a random number generator. Winner will be contact via email (so make sure to enter a current email) and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. Contest is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States of America, Washington, D.C. (excluding US territories and possessions) or Canada (excluding Quebec), who are are eighteen (18) years of age or older. Void where prohibited by law.

Check out these other 4 ‘Festive Fourth’ of July dessert recipes and giveaways going on NOW.

Go and enter for more chances to win great prizes!

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All Day I Dream About
Patriotic Star Whoopie

Budget Gourmet Mom’s
Festive Fourth Ice Cream

Around My Family Table’s
Festive Ice Cream and
Cookie Bowls

Disclaimer: Wilton provided me with products to help create this recipe. All opinions are my own.


  1. Another option might be to get the Wilton Checkerboard Cake set, and either two extra cake pans (I think the set uses 9″ round pans), or bake the cake in two batches. And if you’re really adventurous, you could even use the Wilton Cake Leveler to torte the red velvet layers and white cake layers to make more stripes.

  2. Melanie says:


  3. That is so cool, Shawn!!! And it doesn’t look too difficult! I’m wearing a blue shirt!

  4. I follow you on Twitter!

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  7. I like Wilton on FB!

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  9. And I’m now following you on Pinterest!

  10. Super, super cute cake!!!! I am wearing a crimson shirt!

  11. What a fun cake, Shawn! This would make a stunning presentation at any 4th of July party.

  12. I follow you on twitter

  13. i follow you on pinterest!

  14. i followed Wilton on twitter

  15. I tweeted the contest too!

  16. Allie M. says:

    What an adorable cake! I’m wearing a coral-colored shirt.

  17. Allie M. says:

    I already “like” I Wash You Dry on Facebook. :)

  18. Allie M. says:

    I follow you on Pinterest.

  19. Allie M. says:

    I “liked” Wilton on Facebook.

  20. Allie M. says:

    I “shared” this giveaway on Facebook.

  21. Already like you on FB

  22. Liked wilton on FB

  23. WEaring a blue shirt today!

  24. Shared you on FB today. Cool cake-looks good!

  25. such a fun giveaway + what an amazing cake. i’m super impressed! i’m currently wearing a gray shirt with red + navy writing on it, so it’s almost red, white + blue, which would match your cake. =)

  26. Black, white, and red polka dots!

  27. I love this cake … it’s so pretty … Shirt is blue, today :-)

  28. RSS Subscriber :-)

  29. Liked on FB :-)

  30. Twitter follower :-)

  31. Pinterest follower :-)

  32. Liked Wilton on FB :-)

  33. White shirt! (great job on this…it’s beautiful!)

  34. I already like you on FB

  35. I already follow you on Pinterest

  36. I’m wearing a red shirt! If only I had on some blue and white. . .then I’d match the cake!

  37. STUNNING, Shawn. Absolutely stunning. I love it!

  38. I am wearing a grey t-shirt

  39. Martha Case says:

    brown :)

  40. Red!

  41. Red

  42. A white tee shirt.

  43. shannon swain says:

    I’m wearing a red shirt.

  44. I’m wearing BLUE!

  45. I already follow you on FB

  46. …And Pinterest!

  47. Just liked Wilton on FB!

  48. And lastly, don’t have a twitter, so am not following on there, but love the cake for my birthday!

  49. Oh, and I’ll share this on FB

  50. My shirt is blue and I love the cake!!

  51. I subscribe to RSS feed.

  52. So awesome! I’m seriously impressed. Layer cakes kind of scare me ha. I’m wearing navy! :)

  53. I follow wilton on twitter

  54. I like wilton on fb

  55. I follow you on twitter! :)

  56. I follow you now on Pinterest now!

  57. Black and White! My friend loves flags! This will make the best birthday cake!

  58. Adriana says:

    My shirt is blue, red and white. coincidence? perhaps!

  59. Adriana says:

    following you on FB!

  60. I really like the easy how-to in this. I see fancy-pants cakes like this and think, “nuh-uh. No way am I making cut-outs and stuff” and then you show me it’s a ring mold/cookie cutter! Genius! Oh, and my shirt is navy with gold stripes. Fancy-pants shirt. 😉

  61. Kelda Toliver says:

    Green all green

  62. Brown. I stole it from my boyfriend while he’s at work because it’s comfy

  63. I’m wearing a white shirt, but more importantly I’m in awe of that cake!

  64. I’m an email subscriber.

  65. I’ve seen this cake before, but never knew it was so simple to make! Yours looks fantastic :)

  66. Kendall says:

    Red, White, and Black. It’s a dress shirt for work. :) That cake is just lovely! I really want to try it out and bring it to a party this year! Thanks for making it look so easy. I hope it’s as easy as it looks.

  67. Believe it or not, I’m wearing a red, white and blue shirt! Loved the cake!! Looks awesome!

  68. it’s pink :)

  69. Kathy S says:

    White Shirt

  70. Kathy S says:

    Email subscriber

  71. I’m wearing a red shirt.

  72. Kathy S says:

    Liked Wilton on FB

  73. White and green shirt:) Amazing cake!!

  74. Monique Barnes says:

    I absolutely love this ! I cannot wait until the 4th of July to make this! Oh and the moment you all have been waiting for. . . . Im a wearing teal shirt!

  75. What a lovely cake! I’d love to be able to make one of my own. I’m currently wearing a purple shirt.

  76. I’ve subscribed to your email list.

  77. I’ve liked you on facebook.

  78. I’ve liked Wilton on facebook.

  79. I’ve followed you on twitter.

  80. Marisol says:

    I’m wearing a white and green shirt. Awesomeeee cake!!!

  81. I’ve followed Wilton on twitter.

  82. I’ve tweeted about this giveaway.

  83. I’ve shared this giveaway on facebook.

  84. I’ve followed you on pinterest; I’m especially looking forward to checking out your holiday boards.

  85. This cake is so beautiful. I admire the skill and patience it must have taken you to make this little beauty! My shirt is blue!

  86. I also tweeted about the giveaway.

  87. My shirt is Navy Blue. . .

  88. I’m wearing a black shirt.

  89. I’m an email subscriber.

  90. I like you on FB.

  91. I follow you on Twitter.

  92. I follow you on Pinterest.

  93. I follow Wilton on Twitter.

  94. I like Wilton on FB.

  95. No need to enter me into the giveaway but that cake is awesome!

  96. black (:

  97. i follow iwashyoudry on twitter

  98. i follow wilton on twitter!

  99. i follow iwashyoudry on pinterest

  100. Heather says:

    Blue! Speaking from personal experience, this cake is awesome! My favorite sister Shawn created this cake for the first time 2 years ago for my birthday!!

  101. I love your cake. I am wearing a green sleep shirt.

  102. I am actually at the pool wearing a hot pink and bright orange bathing suit:)

  103. I Follow I Wash…You Dry’s email

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  107. I Follow Wilton on Twitter.

  108. I Like Wilton of Facebook

  109. I tweeted this giveaway

  110. Yum!!! I actually bought the shirt I’m wearing just for it’s color- mint green. What a fun summer giveaway, thanks!

  111. Black, white and grey.

  112. I follow you on Pinterest

  113. I like you on Facebook

  114. I like Wilton on Facebook

  115. Such a fantastic giveaway, Shawn! Thanks for sharing. Light blue shirt for me today!

  116. Celeste says:

    I happen to be wearing a red and blue striped shirt.

  117. I am not big on making cakes so I will pass this giveaway!
    That cake look like a masterpiece. I could never make it to be like that..I am totally impressed!
    Great post, thanks for sharing and have a great day!

  118. Kristen M. says:

    I’m wearing a brown and white shirt – which doesn’t sound very exciting! My kids and I were wowed by your cake. :)

  119. Kristen M. says:

    Following you on twitter (@mclanek)

  120. Kristen M. says:

    I’m subscribed to your RSS feed.

  121. Heather Spooner says:

    I’m wearing a lime green shirt. Thanks for the giveaway!
    heatherspooner1981 at gmail dot com

  122. Heather Spooner says:

    I like I Wash You Dry on Facebook. Thanks!
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  123. Heather Spooner says:

    I like Wilton on Facebook. Thanks!
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  124. I’m wearing a grey shirt. But my sandals are pink!

  125. Saladgoddess already following @WiltonCakes on Twitter.

  126. Saladgoddess now following you on Twitter.

  127. Michelle L says:

    I am wearing a navy blue, green, turqoise and white paisley sleeveless shirt.

  128. Michelle L says:

    I like I Wash You Dry on FB.

  129. Michelle L says:

    I follow Wilton on Twitter.

  130. Michelle L says:

    I like Wilton on Facebook.

  131. Heather says:

    I posted on FB.

  132. are an artist! What a magnificent flag cake! I just sent the link via email to a bunch of people :)

  133. Oh wow this cake is just beautiful!! I couldn’t think of anything more perfect for July 4th!
    I am wearing a black tank (boring I know!). Such a great giveaway!

  134. My shirt is white!

  135. I like I Wash You Dry on Facebook (aimee roberts porter)

  136. I follow I Wash You Dry on Twitter (menusmeals4moms)

  137. I’m wearing a dress – pink and grey

  138. I follow your RSS feed.

  139. blue shirt

  140. I FB like you

  141. I FB like wilton

  142. pinterest following

  143. I get your RSS feed

  144. June g. says:

    I’m in my jammies, sea foam green with pink birdies:) can’t wait to try this cake!

  145. Gray!

  146. I get your email updates

  147. I like you on Facebook.

  148. I follow you on Pinterest.

  149. I like Wilton on Facebook.

  150. carla bennett says:

    We are making this today!!!!! Love it!!! I hope mine looks 1/2 as cute as yours!!

  151. Does a dress count? haha! Its a polo dress so its somewhat a shirt and its blue. Super cute!

  152. I subscribe to your RSS feed.

  153. I like you on FB.

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  155. I follow on Pinterest

  156. I follow Wilton on Twitter.

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  158. …I’m not wearing a shirt! I’m wearing a dark blue dress. Haha. 😉

  159. I follow Wilton on facebook

  160. I follow you on twitter

  161. I follow wilton on twitter

  162. I tweeted the giveaway

  163. Rebecca Syphus says:


  164. Beautiful cake!
    I’m wearing a gray shirt :)

  165. I am now following your RSS feed :)

  166. I LIKE I Wash…You Dry on Facebook

  167. I am now following I Wash…You Dry on Pinterest!

  168. I LIKE Wilton on Facebook!

  169. anna kuplic says:

    This is brilliant! I can’t wait to try it!

  170. Cream with Mickey and Minnie on it!

  171. I’m following @IWashYouDry on twitter ohsmiledarling!

  172. I’m following @WiltonCakes on twitter ohsmiledarling!

  173. I liked wilton on fb!

  174. I follow you via email.

  175. I’m wearing a navy blue shirt (with white stripes)

  176. Follow Wilton on facebook!

  177. Follow Wilton on twitter!

  178. I like I Wash…You Dry on facebook!

  179. I follow I Wash…You Dry on pinterest!

  180. I follow I Wash…You Dry on twitter!

  181. amazing giveaway! i am wearing a black tank:)

  182. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    My shirt is black!

  183. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    I subscribed to your emails!

  184. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    I follow you on pinterest!

  185. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    I follow Wilton on twitter as @tcrowley122

  186. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    I like Wilton on facebook!

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  188. Jennifer E. says:

    I’m wearing a blue shirt.

  189. Jennifer E. says:

    I liked I Wash…You Dry on Facebook

  190. I followed Wilton on FB

  191. I followed I Wash…You Dry on Twitter

  192. I followed you on Pintrest

  193. I followed I Wash…You Dry on FB

  194. I followed Wilton on Twitter

  195. I tweeted “I want to create a #FestiveFourth with @WiltonCakes and @iwashyoudry and WIN this #giveaway

  196. I shared the giveaway on FB

  197. I signed up for email updates

  198. I think the blue color is the best love it! This took a lot of work and dedication
    I’d never pull it off. I think I will though try to make some colored cake layers
    next time that seems like fun. Maybe a rainbow cake.

  199. Suzanne says:

    I love this flag cake! We have been making it since 1976 when we saw the recipe and directions in a newspaper before the 4th of July that year. The way you make it is exactly as we do it. It is a bit of work, but worth it!

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