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Happy 4th of July! Ruffled Flag Cake- A Blog Tutorial

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Hi everyone!  With the 4th of July just around the corner, we wanted to post a quick and easy tutorial for your cake decorating enjoyment! :0)

Here we go!

Any size tier will work with this design,  but I chose a 6″ double barrel tier frosted in vanilla buttercream.  After smoothing the frosting, I filled it with patriotic words and phrases using my trusty Wilton piping tip 2.  You can see that I wasn’t too precise in the size of my lettering or placement…I just wanted to fill up the space with meaningful words and the occasional star or heart ;0)!  If writing on cakes isn’t your favorite thing, this would be just as cute with polka dots or stars!

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Now for the top of the cake!  I piped our blue “square” with a Wilton star tip 21 and buttercream tinted Royal Blue.  Since we wanted our flag to cover the entire top of our round cake, our square needed to have a rounded “pie-shaped” edge.  Quick & easy!


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Now for the stripes.  I love the stripes!  As someone who loves ruffles, I think that a ruffled flag is always a good idea.  Using my trusty 104 petal tip, I piped rows of red and white ruffles.  Remember, thin end is facing down.  Start at the bottom of your cake and work your way up… slightly overlapping each row with the next.

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Would you believe that we had exactly 13 stripes?  Complete luck!



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I added some polka dots for stars & that’s all there is to it!  So much fun.

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This flag took no time at all to create, and it may be my favorite one yet!

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Thanks for stopping by!  Have a Happy 4th! xo


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We decorated a double barrel (tall) 6″ cake but this design can be adapted to suit whatever cake you like.  (For info on a double barrel cake, see this tutorial.) –

Vanilla Frosting- I like a crusting vanilla buttercream like this one.

Coloring Gels:  We used Americolor Super Red & Royal Blue

Piping Tips:  I used a small round tip 2, a petal tip 104, & star tip 21




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