Thursday, May 14, 2015

No Bake Patriotic Cake

A quick and easy no bake patriotic cake celebrating the red, white and blue!  Everyone will love this simple festive dessert.     
Happy Thursday everyone! Today I have a no fuss recipe to share with you. Are you having a Memorial Day cookout with family and friends? If so I have the perfect dessert! How about this festive No Bake Patriotic Cake!

The best part is this light and fluffy cake is made without turning on the oven! This recipe starts with store bought pound cake, strawberry glaze, and a creamy whipped cream and cream cheese topping. Fresh blueberries and chopped strawberries are added to create festive stars and stripes.

Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and woman who died serving in our country's armed forces. It's a day to pay respect to all who have lost their lives making the ultimate sacrifice. Sometimes all of us can get caught up in cookouts and barbecues and forget the true meaning of Memorial Day. 

I grew up in a military family and several of my family members are still dedicating their lives to our armed forces. Cookouts and holiday celebrations give us all a chance to spend quality time with family and friends, but please take time from your Memorial Day festivities to pay respect and pray for those who died while serving in our countries U.S Military. 

For their families it is more than a barbecue or cookout. If you do have a get together this Memorial Day weekend remember every great cookout should end on a sweet note, so I hope you'll give this No Bake Patriotic Cake a try. 

If I want to make this dessert for just a cookout or barbecue and it's not a patriotic holiday, you can make a full strawberry version that's just as delicious.   

I love super simple desserts that require no baking especially when it's hot outside. This easy red, white, and blue desserts comes together in no time with just a handful of ingredients found at your local Walmart.

For the cake base I used pound cake from the bakery department. This was the first time I have the pound cake at Walmart and it was really good. I usually purchase Sara Lee's pound cake, but this was really moist and priced at only $2.98 each. I have included some easy step-by-step photos of how easy this cake came together.  

These are the ingredients you'll need: 2 store bought pound cakes (I use Walmart bakery butter pound cakes), 1 pound fresh strawberries, 1 small container fresh blueberries, 1 pint heavy whipping cream, 4 ounces softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and store bought strawberry glaze or you can make a homemade version (recipe below). Ingredients for homemade glaze are sugar, water, cornstarch and strawberry gelatin (1 small box). 

 
To start: if using homemade strawberry glaze, prepare the glaze first so it has sufficient time to cool. If using store bought glaze omit this step (I used homemade glaze).

Cut the pound cake into one inch cubes 

and arrange in a 13 x 9 inch baking pan.

Add the strawberry glaze over the pound cake and spread evenly. Sprinkle about 1 1/2 cups chopped strawberries over the glaze.

Prepare the whipped cream topping (see recipe). Drop the whipped cream mixture by dollops over the strawberry glaze.   

Spread the whipped cream evenly to cover the glaze completely. 

Add the fresh blueberries to resemble the stars in the flag and then add the remaining chopped strawberries. 

Refrigerate cake for at least 2 hours before serving. Refrigerate any leftovers.



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I also made up a batch of these fun Patriotic Pretzel Sticks! These chocolate dipped pretzel rods are super simple to make and and are perfect for your Memorial Day table. Everyone will love the sweet and salty combination of these yummy pretzel treats. I made two varieties, white chocolate, milk chocolate with caramel.  






If you're looking for more Patriotic recipe ideas check out my Walmart posts for these easy Red, White & Blue Mini Fruit Pizzas and this Red, White & Blueberry Angel Fluff.     




This post was sponsored by Walmart. The opinions stated above are 100% my own. 

14 comments:

Anonymous said... #

Could you use raspberries instead of strawberries? Could you make the homemade glaze by substituting raspberry jello? I'm allergic to strawberries.

Tina Butler said... #

Yes you could. That would be a wonderful substitute.

Anonymous said... #

Would this still be good/look good if made the day before and in the fridge for 24 hours?

Anonymous said... #

I was wondering the same thing. I'm allergic also! Nice to see I'm not the only one!!!

Tina Butler said... #

I usually make mine the morning of the day that I want to serve it.

Robin mericle said... #

OMG. I made this cake yesterday. Pretty easy. We went to a bar b que.
It was a big hit. We have family coming in to visit in june.
Definitely making this for them. Thanks for shareing the FABULOUS
recipe

Tina Butler said... #

Thanks Robin! I made it again yesterday for Memorial Day and shared it with our neighbors. I just have a smidge left, so I think I will hide it for myself.

Anonymous said... #

is the jello already made or is it powder to mix into glaze?

Tina Butler said... #

For the strawberry glaze you can purchase store bought or make a homemade glaze. The recipe is at the end of the post under Homemade Strawberry Glaze. The Strawberry Jell-O is only used if you make your own glaze. If using store bought it is omitted in the recipe.

Homemade Strawberry Glaze

Ingredients:
2 - cups sugar
2 - cups water
6 - tablespoons cornstarch
6 - tablespoons strawberry gelatin (Jell-O)

In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, water, and cornstarch. Cook over medium high heat until it boils and thickens.

You will know the mixture is thick enough when it coats the back of a spoon. Remove glaze from heat, add gelatin, and mix to combine using a wire whisk. Cool glaze before using.

The Better Baker said... #

Oh Tina - your gorgeous photos always grab me by the neck and pull me into the computer. ;-} This looks and sounds SOO good! Love no bake anything, but especially holiday dishes. Thanks for sharing all your beautiful deliciousness with us at Weekend Potluck. <3 this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Unknown said... #

Hi this is super good!! I actually used Twinkies instead.

Easystreetteach said... #

Hey there. This is the best cake. I have come back to this recipe every year for the last 4 years to make on Memorial Day. My family requests this cake every year.

Unknown said... #

Can this be made the night before?

Tina Butler said... #

Yes you can make this the night before. Just make sure to cover it in the refrigerator.