The most perfect patriotic dessert: FLAG CAKE! This one happens to be made with coconut flour and is paleo-friendly. You’ll need this cake on your summer cookout menus!
- 3/4 cup coconut flour (weighed 95g)
- 1/2 cup tapioca flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup banana puree or applesauce
- 1/3 cup natural nut or seed butter (I suggest cashew or sunflower seed)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 6 large eggs
- 1/2 cup non-dairy milk (I used cashew but coconut milk is fine)
- about 1 1/2 cups favorite frosting (see notes in post for reccomendations)
- fresh blueberries & sliced strawberries for decorating (make sure they’re washed and dried well)
- Preheat oven to 350ºF and line quarter sheet 9×13 baking pan with parchment paper (see notes).
- Sift coconut flour into medium bowl. If you can’t sift, make sure no lumps are present. Whisk in tapioca flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- Using electric hand mixer or stand mixer with fitted paddle attachment, combine honey and banana puree or applesauce on medium speed until smooth. Add nut/seed butter mixing on medium-high speed until combined. Add vanilla extract then eggs two at a time, mixing on low-medium speed until combined.
- Pour dry ingredients into bowl of wet ingredients and combine on low-medium speed. With mixer running on low speed, carefully add milk and mix until batter is smooth – careful not to over-mix; if lumps are present try breaking with fork. Immediately pour batter into prepared sheet pan, spreading smooth with spatula.
- Bake cake for 20-30 minutes, until inserted toothpick in center comes out clean. Watch baking time at 20 minutes as oven temps can vary. Allow cake to cool completely before frosting – about 1 hour.
- Meanwhile, prepare frosting and slice strawberries into about 1/4″ slices. Make sure they’re dry so they don’t slide around on frosting.
- Decorate cake: once cake has cooled completely, spread frosting onto cake in even layer. To make flag start in upper lefthand corner of pan and create rectangle with blueberries, about 5×6″. Next start at top of pan, next to blueberries, and layer thinly sliced strawberries along top of pan. Continue making strips with strawberry slices until you’ve created the flag. The number of rows you get will depend on how large your strawberries are.
- Cake can sit at room temperature depending on frosting used, but probably best to keep chilled until ready to serve. Cut into square pieces and enjoy this festive flag cake!
*You could try using a standard 9×13 cake pan but you should line pan with parchment paper and know the cake won’t raise high to the edges. It is best to use a sheet pan if possible.
- Category: dessert
- Method: oven
- Cuisine: American
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