Canadian Flag Cake

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Celebrate Canada Day with a flag cake! Vanilla sheet cake with a whipped cream cheese frosting, decorated with strawberries to make the Canada Flag. This will feed a crowd! Serve with extra sliced strawberries if desired.

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Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
1 11x17-inch cake

Ingredients

Cake:

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 3 eggs, at room temperature

  • ½ cup sour cream, at room temperature

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 cup milk, at room temperature

Frosting:

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream

Decoration:

  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 11X17-inch baking pan with 1-inch high sides.

  2. Beat 1 1/2 cups sugar and butter together in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat one egg at a time into the butter mixture; beat in sour cream and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.

  3. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl. With mixer at low speed, add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with milk just until combined. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl and finish mixing with a rubber spatula. Pour batter into prepared pan; spread to corners of pan and smooth top with a spatula.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Cool cake completely, about 30 minutes. To remove cake from pan, run a paring knife between cake and pan. Cover cake pan with plate or cooling rack; invert to transfer cake onto plate.

  5. Beat cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract together in a bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Reduce mixer speed to low; slowly pour in cream. Once cream is incorporated, turn mixer speed to medium-high; beat until stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes.

  6. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over top and sides of cake, smoothing the top. Place 2 to 3 rows of overlapping strawberry slices parallel to short sides of cake for the two red stripes of the Canada flag. Trace out a maple leaf shape in center of cake with a toothpick; use points of strawberry slices to create points of maple leaf. Cut a strip of strawberry for the leaf stem; fill in the area of the maple leaf with sliced strawberries. Refrigerate cake until ready to serve.

Cook's Notes:

Cake can be decorated and served right in the pan for easier transport. If removing the cake from the pan, frost the sides and add sliced strawberries around the edge for a nice presentation.

Raspberries can be used for the sides of the flag, but strawberries work best for the maple leaf.

You can find Maple Leaf templates for your cake online.

Store leftover cake, covered, in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

311 Calories
20g Fat
29g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 311
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 12g 62%
Cholesterol 84mg 28%
Sodium 205mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 8mg 42%
Calcium 70mg 5%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 95mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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