My Favorite 4th of July Recipe

My Favorite 4th of July Recipe:

The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays. In middle school my family would go to my neighbors house for a potluck dinner before lighting sparklers and running around in the backyard. My neighbors had a son my age and a daughter my sister’s age and we quickly became best friends. During my freshman year of college I interned at The White House and spent the 4th of July on The South Lawn. From my sophomore year to my senior year my sorority sisters and I would have a picnic potluck dinner and watch the firework show on the National Mall.

Even though my 4th of July plans have changed throughout the years, my signature dish hasn’t. I always make the same cake–and you can too!

Ingredients for cake:

1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk
Box of strawberries
Box of blueberries

Ingredients for the frosting:

1/3 cup butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pound (3 1/2 cups) confectioners sugar, sifted if it’s organic or has visible lumps
3 to 4 tablespoons milk or light cream, or to make smooth and spreadable

Directions for cake:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×9 inch pan or line a muffin pan with paper liners.
In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Finally stir in the milk until batter is smooth. Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pan.
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven. Cake is done when it springs back to the touch.

Directions for frosting:

Mix the cream butter, salt, and vanilla, with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
Add the confectioners’ sugar gradually, beating after each addition.
Add 3 tablespoons milk or light cream, beating until smooth. Beat in more milk until desired spreading consistency is reached and the frosting is spreadable.

Directions for decorating:

Wait for the cake to cool off.
While you are waiting for the cake to cool off wash and dry the strawberries. Cut the stalk off of the strawberries and slice vertically into thin slices. The slices should look like thin hearts.
Wash and dry the blueberries.
Frost the cake.
Use the strawberries to make the red stripes on the American Flag.
Use the blueberries to make the blue part of the flag and leave spaces so that the white shows through as the stars.

I hope you have a great 4th of July!

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