Independence Day is tomorrow, and maybe you're looking for a patriotic-themed dish to bring to a BBQ...Check this out! It's my American Flag Cake!

It took a few tries, but once I got the hang of this American Flag cake, it became a new must-have at 4th of July parties! There isn’t really a recipe, but there’s definitely a set of important instructions. All you need is a white cake mix (and whatever necessary ingredients are listed on the box), white frosting, red and blue food coloring, a few bowls, and layer cake pans.

Make the cake mix according to the directions on the box. Then split the batter into three containers. One bowl should have slightly more batter than the other two. The bowl with the larger portion of batter will be dyed blue; one of the other bowls of batter will be dyed red, and the last bowl will remain white. Add a few drops of coloring at a time until they become saturated to your liking. Bake them at the time and temperature on the box. Allow to cool completely.

Here comes the fun part. I recommend using a medium-sized bowl as a stencil, but you can freehand if you like. Place your bowl face-down on the white layer, and cut around the bowl so a circular piece can be removed from the center of the layer. Set the removed piece aside. Repeat with a red and a blue layer. You should now a whole red layer, a whole white layer, a blue layer with a circle cut out, a red layer with a circle cut out, and a white layer with a circle cut out.

Starting from the bottom, stack a whole white piece, and frost. Then stack a whole red layer, and frost. Now it’s time to layer the pieces that you cut apart with your bowl. Stack  your blue cutout layer on top of the red layer. It will look like an ‘O’ with an empty space in the center. Now carefully stack a white piece inside the blue ‘O’ and then stack your red piece on top of that. Be sure to put a thin layer of frosting between each layer, so the cake will stick together when sliced. Once the layers are in place, use the remaining frosting to cover the rest of the cake. When it’s time to serve the cake, each piece will look like a mini American flag!

Note: If you’re a more experienced baker, you can add more stripes by cutting each baked red and white layer in half lengthwise with a sharp knife. This will produce several thinner stripes instead of a few thick ones. Enjoy!