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Independence Cake

Independence Cake
Makes:
20 servings
Prep Time:
20
minutes
Total Time:
80
minutes
based on
84 reviews
This Independence Cake has great eye appeal and is patriotically perfect for Memorial Day, 4th of July or any time of the year.

In this recipe:


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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup instant mashed potato flakes
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Morsels
  • 1 container (8 oz.) frozen lite whipped topping, thawed
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries

Directions:

PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan; line with wax paper.

HEAT water to boiling in small saucepan; remove from heat. Stir in potato flakes until moistened. Cool to room temperature. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in medium bowl.

BEAT sugar and butter until crumbly. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; beat in potatoes. Gradually beat in flour mixture alternately with milk. Stir in morsels. Spoon into prepared baking pan.

BAKE for 45 to 55 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 15 minutes. Invert onto wire rack; remove wax paper. Cool completely. Transfer to serving platter.

FROST sides and top of cake with whipped topping. Just prior to serving, arrange strawberry slices and blueberries on top of cake to represent the American Flag.


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    Independence Day Cake

    Clementine Catapano from Eldersburg, MD

    This cake was wonderful…I made this to share at an out door concert…but I was concerned with decorating prior to serving after reading the reviews. So I decided to make these personal size cakes. I baked the cake in a larger pan, the used a 3 ½” round cookie cutter to cut the individual cakes. I sliced the strawberries prior and kept the cool whip frozen until ready to go. When it was time for dessert, I placed the cakes on individual plates, iced with whipped topping, placed berry slices around the edge, filled with blueberries, and everyone was impressed! Thanks for a wonderful recipe!

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    independence cake

    KATHY NIELSON from Whitney, NE

    Tried it for today. Made it jesterday and covered it over night and decorated today. So moist,heavy but yet fine in texture.

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    Awesome Independence Cake

    Diane Manbeck from Mifflintown, PA

    I recently made this cake for the fourth of july and it was awesome!! It was a hit with my family and my sister- in - law said "I think that was my favorite!!" Everyone loved it and was easy to make

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    Great cake

    Adriana Hernandez from Pomona, CA

    I made this cake for this fourth of July and it was gone in a flash. I will make it every 4th of July.

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    Independence Cake

    Jeannine Gramstad from Newburgh, NY

    My cake didn't come out as good looking as this one. By serving time, most strawberries slid & I made a cream cheese icing which started to melt off the cake. My strawberries wouldn't stay in position like the picture so I had to place individually on the cake. Next time I decorate right before serving!

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    Yummy Independence Cake

    patricia johnson from LUFKIN, TX

    I make this cake for the four of July for the family.They said that it was delicious and they love the way it taste.It was easy and fun to make.I definatey will be makeing this again.

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    Independence Cake Wins

    Diane Fallis from PINGREE, ID

    I made this for my family's get together this 4th of July and it got rave reviews. Everyone loved it. The kids kept sneaking some of the berries though. I had to really watch them.

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    4th of July treat cake

    Marie DeAngelis from Sunrise, FL

    I thought this cake recipe rather heavy, the second time I made this I used a marble cake mix and made poke holes in it for strawberry jello. I love the strawberries and blueberry decoration on top of the cool whip...the flag is perfect for the 4th of July, but you can make other designs for different occasions! It is best served cold for a summer gathering.

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    Very, Very Good!

    Jan Wilkins from BLYTHEVILLE, AR

    Hubby caught me adding the potato buds...he thought I was nuts! But he had to admit that it was good. Will do again for July 4th!

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    Independence cake

    Dawn Williams from Manheim, PA

    I made this cake and my kids helped. It was fun and easy to make. We took it to our 4th of July picnic and it was a big hit! Loved it.

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    Cake too dry

    Tracy Erickson from Odessa, FL

    This cake was very heavy, and despite using the mashed potatoes, it was not moist--it was very dry. Also--because it requires frosting with Cool Whip, you can't have it out all day. We had a picnic (normal on the 4th) and the strawberries "leaked" onto the frosting, and the frosting melted, and it was just a disaster by the time we went to eat it. I would recommend normal cake frosting, and add to the recipe to "add the fruit topping just before serving."

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    Independence Cake

    Debbie Sarhan from ROCHESTER HILLS, MI

    A bit of a challenge but a beautiful presentation! Moist and delicious!

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    independence cake

    Lelia Jones from SIDNEY, OH

    we had a cook out with all our kids and i made this cake they were very inpressed .It taste great and was so simple to put together. I will be making this cake again for the 4th.,this year.

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    Better with a substitution

    Anne Samachson from Brooklyn, NY

    A simple change - substitute sweetened & whipped real FRESH cream for the frozen non-dairy topping - and this recipe will be sooooo much better.

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    Independence Cake

    Debbie Miller from TAMAQUA, PA

    I made this cake for the Fourth of July and it looked Great and tasted very good. I thought it was a little heavy for summer. I think it would make a great cake for fall and winter with maybe a cream cheese icing.

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    Independence Cake

    MARIE LONGO from Hackensack, NJ

    I made this cake and cut it in half. I used the whipped topping and I put sliced strawberries and whole blueberries around the top edge and a fanned strawberry in the center. I kept half for home and sent the other half to the office with my husband. It was delicious.

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    Independence Day Cake

    CHARLOTTE YEADON from RED OAK, TX

    My family was very impressed with the way this cake looked and the taste. I used all the healthy ingredients that I could and no one could tell the difference in the taste. It was enjoyed by all.

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    Independence Cake

    Rebecca Barclay from TUCSON, AZ

    WOW. I've been searching for a cake or pie or some sort of patriotic dessert for years now. This tops the list. I was a bit worried about instant potatoes, but it make this cake so moise and added an addition flavor. I would never have thought of. Try it, you'll like it!

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    Great for a Crowd

    Lauren McClure from Harrisburg, PA

    I made this recipe last year for a July 4th picnic and eveyone loved it. It was both festive-looking and yummy to eat. It was easy to decorate, too. I highly recommend it.

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    This cake is so much fun to make!!

    Tamara Brown from COLUMBIA, TN

    I have made this cake several times and it is always a huge hit!!This cake is a family favorite especially during the summer months!!This is a wonderful family project as the kids love to help decorate this cake,and eat it too!! *SMILE*

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    wonderful

    ANGELA DURBIN from HIRAM, GA

    I made this for my Fourth of July party, everyone loved it and it wasn't that hard to make.

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    Independence cake

    Rose Sager from Julian, PA

    The cake was good but very heavy and filling.

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    Independence Cake

    NANCY COWLISHAW from POCATELLO, ID

    This was a great cake. It turned out nice and moist. My granddaughter helped me decorate it and it was really cute. Everyone at the picnic loved it.

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    independence cake

    norma overbey from cadet, MO

    This cake is the best ever. It was the talk of the party. Everyone loved it so much, I am adding it to my must have again list.

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    Flag Cake

    Ronda Johnston from Yuba City, CA

    My family came across this recipe a few years back and we have made it every 4th of July since. All of my kids ask every year "Will you please make a flag cake" So now it is an important staple of our Independence Day Celebration. Thank's so much for adding a little color to our dinner table

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    not bad

    Michele Bauer from TAUNTON, MA

    I like the idea of using sliced strawberries instead of whole ones like other recipes I have seen before.

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    Good for Flag Day

    Doris Hancock from HOMESTEAD, FL

    Took this cake to work today in honor of Flag Day. Everyone thought it was delicious. I used cherries cut in half instead of strawberries. The cake came out perfect and everyone was surprised to find out there was potatoes in the cake. Will bake this again for Bunco Friday night

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    flag cake

    LYNN BRIAN from NORTH OLMSTED, OH

    This is the best red white and blue cake I love it....I use this recipe for many other special days not just the 4th. Everyone says the cake tastes as good as it looks. I have made a double layer cake that was just as good as the sheet cake.

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    Independence Cake

    Alice Keeney from STRONGSVILLE, OH

    This is a great cake and we love the patriotic look as well.

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    GREAT!

    melissa segretto from STERLING, IL

    I MADE THIS LAST YEAR FOR THE 4TH. WE HAD A FAMILY GET TOGETHER AND IT WAS A HIT! IT LOOKS AND TASTES GREAT.

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    Independence Cake

    Juli K from OMAHA, NE

    I made this cake and having a strawberry allergy, I used red and dark cherries instead. It turned out great!

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    Delightful cake for the 4th.

    Marian Cattanach from Nekoosa, WI

    I made this cake for our July 4th picnic and it was so easy to make and a big hit! It was the perfect finish to our cookout.

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    independence cake

    barbara satterwhite from ocean springs, MS

    I made this cake but i used the buttercream frosting and cut the cake in half and put strawberries in the middle it was an awesome cake thanks.

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    wonderful, amazing

    Nikki McDevitt from Albrightsville, PA

    This is the easiest intermediate baking I've ever done. It is so tasty too. I've made this before and plan to make another this weekend, for Independence Day 2004.

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    Sooooooo Gooddddddd

    Amanda Thorne from Massillon, OH

    My family loved this. They thought that I was so crafty with the fruit on top that I hated to tell them it wasn't my idea. The kids and adults came back for seconds. Next time they want me to make TWO!!!!

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    YUMMY!

    Marcia Emig from Goodland, KS

    We have a 4th of July party every year and I tried to make one last nite just to check it out. It was fun to make and the grandkids just loved it. It will be added to my list of MUST HAVE for our 4th of JUly parties which we hold after harvest for all our friends and neighbors!

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    Independence Cake

    Betty Barrett from oakhurst, CA

    Independence Cake,is so cute & good too.

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    Fourth of July Cake

    Cathy Kaiser from Jeffersonville, IN

    This is such an easy recipe but it looks so great for the 4th. Instead of slices of strawberries across the flag, I use whole strawberries because my family loves them. This also gives the cake a three dimensional look. Great to take to church, picnic, camping, or anywhere to celebrate the holiday.

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    independence cake

    donna hollowell from allegany, NY

    I make this for a friend of mine how just loves flags and he enjoyed this cake very much.

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    Independence Cake

    Brenda Benson from Waupun, WI

    Very easy and dalicious. My family wants me to make this for our fourth of july potluck this year.

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    Very patriotic!

    Jeri Haley from Tenino, WA

    Cudos to the contributor! I was born during the depression and have a strong belief in the foundation of our country and the boys who have and will give up their lives so we can live free. This cake is just a small contribution to that cause. It is a very good cake, would make a fantastic centerpiece for 4th July, Memorial day, etc. AND when the fresh strawberries and blueberries are in season, makes the cake even more delicious. Very good cake.

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    Independence Cake

    Emily Marttila from Whitmore Lake, MI

    Great!! Light and fluffy, everyone loved it!!!!

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    EXCELLENT CAKE

    BELINDA WILLIAMS from MADISON, IN

    THIS CAKE WAS REALLY GOOD. IF YOU ARE RUSHED JUST USE A BOXED CAKE MIX. VERY EASY AND VERY FESTIVE...

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    Independence Cake

    julianne rapagna from Summerville, South Carolina

    I made this cake for a party we had on the 4th of July. It was so delicious and refreshing. It really tasted as good as it looked. It's very easy to make and not time consuming at all. I plan to make many more. Everyone loved it. I rate this as an excellent recipe and it's fun to make with the children. I wouldn't change a single thing about this recipe.

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    Great tasting and well liked cake!

    Jackie Squattle from New York , New York

    My whole family loved it! I will be sure to make it again. Thanks for the great recipe!

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    The Independence Cake

    Catherine Norris from Pawleys Island, SC

    This cake was easy to make and was enjoyed by all.

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    independence cake

    Teri Crabtree from indianapolis, IN

    I made 2 of them for the office on July 4th week. Everyone loved them and asked for the recipe. Thanks

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    Independence Cake

    debbie gallardo from Altus, OK

    It was easy and delicious and everyone at the 4th of July barbecue loved it.

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    Crowd Pleaser

    Debbie Simonik from Endwell NY

    I had a 4th of July party and everyone loved it! I will definitely make this again and again, with and without the flag theme. The whipped topping worked well but a cream cheese frosting was suggested being it has the flavor and consistency of a spice cake. Quick and easy-perfect party fare.

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    Suprisingly Fantastic

    Laura Miller from St. Louis, MO

    I must admit that I was very apprehensive when I saw that the recipe had mashed potatoes as an ingredient, but after making the cake for a 4th of July party it was GREAT! I would recommend this to everyone.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/20 of recipe

Servings Per Recipe: 20 

  • Calories: 390
  • Calories from Fat: 150
  • Total Fat: 17g (26% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 11g (53% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 60mg (21% of DV)
  • Sodium: 260mg (11% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 59g (20% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 2g (7% of DV)
  • Sugars: 38g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Vitamin A: 8% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 20% of DV
  • Calcium: 6% of DV
  • Iron: 6% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Independence Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup instant mashed potato flakes
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Morsels
  • 1 container (8 oz.) frozen lite whipped topping, thawed
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries

 

Directions

PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan; line with wax paper.

HEAT water to boiling in small saucepan; remove from heat. Stir in potato flakes until moistened. Cool to room temperature. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in medium bowl.

BEAT sugar and butter until crumbly. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; beat in potatoes. Gradually beat in flour mixture alternately with milk. Stir in morsels. Spoon into prepared baking pan.

BAKE for 45 to 55 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 15 minutes. Invert onto wire rack; remove wax paper. Cool completely. Transfer to serving platter.

FROST sides and top of cake with whipped topping. Just prior to serving, arrange strawberry slices and blueberries on top of cake to represent the American Flag.

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