Celebrate fourth of July with a bang! Dress up a simple sheet cake in stars and stripes with satiny frosting and sweet berries for a patriotic salute that's never tasted so sweet.

This couldn't be any easier - you buy the cake mix-read the back of the packet then jazz it up with cream, strawberries and blueberries.




One package (2 layer size) white cake mix (plus ingredients to make the cake - listed on the box)

One package (4 serving size)

JELL-O gelatin, any red flavor

1 cup boiling water

1 cup cold water

3 cups (8 ounce container)

Cool Whip whipped topping, thawed

1 pint strawberries, washed and sliced

1 cup blueberries, washed

1 cup Kraft miniature marshmallows


13 x 9-inch baking pan

Large fork (two-pronged type)

Medium mixing bowl

Measuring cups

Rubber scraper or large spoon

Large tray or cutting board (this must be larger than the baking pan)

Table knife

Aluminum foil and star-shaped stickers (optional)


Grease the 13 x 9-inch pan with margarine and dust lightly with flour.

Prepare and cook cake mix according to package directions.

Cool cake for fifteen minutes.

Use the large fork to make holes in the cake about every 1/2 inch.

Pour gelatin into the mixing bowl.

Add the cup of boiling water and use the scraper to thoroughly mix it until the gelatin is completely dissolved.

Use the measuring cup to scoop out the gelatin and pour it over the cake. (It will run down into the holes, making the cake have pretty red stripes.)

Put the cake into the refrigerator and let it chill for 3 to 4 hours. Use this time to cover your tray with aluminum foil if you wish. Once the cake is on the tray, you can decorate the sides with the star stickers.

Put about one inch of warm water in the kitchen sink.

Take pan out of refrigerator and dip just the bottom (don't let the water come up over the sides) into the water for about ten seconds. Put the large tray on top of the cake and hold on tightly! An adult needs to help with this part.

Turn the cake over so that the tray is on bottom and the pan is on top.

Take the pan off. The cake should be resting on the tray.

Frost the sides and top with whipped topping.

Arrange the strawberries, blueberries, and marshmallows on the cake so that it looks like a flag. (You should have rows of red and white stripes and the blue "background" of blueberries in the upper left hand corner.)

Put cake into the refrigerator until you are ready to serve it!