Delicious Memorial Day Cake May 24, 2016

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Are you cooking and eating with loved ones this weekend to celebrate Memorial Day? Even if you’re not, you don’t need much of an excuse to make this delicious (and patriotic!) cake. Whether you’re the host who wants to impress their guests, or a guest that wants to wow the host, this beautiful, colorful, and fruity-fresh cake is the perfect treat that looks as good as it tastes!

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Gather up your berries, people, this is NOT a drill. Fresh, bright and juicy berries make this dessert truly stand out. We love scouring the farmers market every Sunday just to find the perfect batch, and the effort certainly pays off! You’ll also need:

  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 6 large egg whites
  • 2 cups raspberries
  • 24 oz. white frosting (flavor of choice!)
  • Raspberries and blueberries for decorating

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Now, preheat that oven. We know it’s hot out, but this will be worth it. Tick it up to 350 degrees, and get started!

  • Grease the bottom of a baking pan (13 x 9 inches), and line with greased parchment paper. Dust very lightly with flour.
  • Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together the milk and vanilla.
  • In a large bowl, beat butter and 1 1/2 cups of the sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy. Slowly add the flour and milk mixtures, switching back and forth, mixing after each addition.
  • Rinse out the bowl used for the milk mixture and add the egg whites. Beat with the electric mixer until foamy, then gradually add in 1/4 cup sugar, continuing to beat until stiff peaks form. Fold the mixture into the batter slowly, until thoroughly combined. Spread into the pan and bake for 45 minutes.
  • While the cake bakes, mash 2 cups of raspberries with a cup of the frosting. After the cake has cooled, split it in half lengthwise using a serrated knife. Spread the filling on the bottom half, and then put the top back on, pressing firmly to secure.
  • Completely frost the cake on the top and all sides. Use your berries to make the stars and stripes of the American flag, alternating with extra frosting for the white part.

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Yes, we snacked while baking. We went through a LOT of berries. It was delicious.

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Voila! You’re ready to serve up a delicious and patriotic treat. Are you hosting this year? Our friends at Little Miss Party Planner DEFINITELY know how to plan a party. This cake might not be the only thing your guests are raving about in the office on Tuesday! Check out their site and blog for expertise designing the perfect event. From delicious new recipes to decorating tips, Little Miss Party Planner is the sidekick you didn’t know you needed.

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We would love for you to share your favorite cookout party memory in the comments! It can be a funny story, or even a recipe for the best dish that was served. The best story will receive a delicious prize… good luck!

For more red, white, and blue inspiration, feast your eyes on these patriotic jello shots.

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10 comments

Cynthia Beaumont says:

I love a cookout !! We have have over tons of people and keep the mess outside!! One great memory was at our friend Bob’s house he had a backyard hammock it was so relaxing to just look up into the tree’s . The food was great and so was the company. #‎HelloFreshPics‬ ‪#‎Fresh‬ ‪#‎MemorialDay‬ ‪#‎Giveaway‬ ‪#‎Berrylicious‬ I love Hello Fresh !! Hope we win a free week!!

Sara Campos says:

We had a Fourth of July cookout/baby shower last summer at our small family cottage on Lake Erie where I grew up every summer (and where my parents met)! It was so much fun! Instead of cake, my mom made her famous pretzel/strawberry dessert. My husband, Dad and brother-in-law grilled hotdogs and my sister and Mom set up a hotdog topping bar. Hot dogs were my favorite food growing up, plus we were having a boy so it added a bit of humor! LOL We also had cheesy potatoes, coleslaw, chili, fresh fruit and a yummy kale and bacon salad. Our party favors were sparklers that everyone used that evening during fireworks. It was an amazing day and I can’t wait to grill out this Fourth of July with our beautiful son!!!

Jennifer Ho says:

Oh boy… my favorite cookout moment has to be from when I was 14. I wanted to grill the Korean spare ribs so my dad wouldn’t have to and to show I was a grown-up. I ended up burning the first batch because I jumped into the pool and forgot about it. The funniest part was that everyone was joking about some neighbor down the street burning his hamburgers. Nope. It was me.

Denise N says:

My favorite cookout memories are all of them! We had a large yard and very close family all on the same block! In the nice summer months we all loved to get together and spend the night hanging out with giod food and great company!

Maggie Stevenson says:

We make tinfoil dinners every Memorial Day weekend! There is nothing better than a delicious dinner over a fire, making s’mores, and spending time with family and friends. You know that when you start smelling camp fires and your neighbors grill Summer is soon around the corner. I believe a Memorial Day cake would top it all off!

Lois Troutman says:

My husband died 15 years ago from cancer. My favorite memories from Memorial Day was a huge family gathering of his family every year at his aunt and uncle’s house. Late husband was the grill chef. I miss seeing him work his magic with whatever happened to be on the grill menu. He was an excellent cook, baker, etc. His family loved having him cook anytime.

Genna says:

Hi Lois! Thank you for sharing that touching memory. We wanted to let you know that you won the Memorial Day contest! Please contact communityteam@hellofresh.com so that we can get your prizes out to you!

Sara Campos says:

Is there a runner up? LOL I wanted to win so bad!!!

Dawn LLoyd says:

I was wondering WHERE I could contact your co? I am interested in this package! I am a 60 yr. old shut-in w/NO car & limited mobility. I have friends that are suppose to take turns shopping for me every 10 days but I HAVEN’T seen any of them for about 2-3 months!
I am Gluten Free and battle INFLAMMATION 24/7…therefore don’t eat any rice or pasta! I saw lots of the dishes served came w/ some sort of rice or pasta! HOW WOULD I BE ABLE TO CHANGE THAT -ON AN ORDER?
I am also currently reading THE ANTI-INFLAMMATION ZONE by Dr. Barry Sears & considering doing it along with some other steps.
So, probably at this time, I’d have to postpone starting my TRIAL offer as I have a LV RM full of foods from a co. I have ordered ORGANIC non-perishable foods from. (I am NOT exaggerating!) I have been living in clutter and am slowly working on it! BEING in so much PAIN 24/7 has really restricted me for SEVERAL YRS!
But I ENJOYED Jamie Oliver when he was on the reality shows on TV years ago- pushing to get families & schools to CHANGE what thy serve their kids! I AGREE w/ the concept! I will keep it in my mind! I eat fairly good now; ONLY recently have I been struggling HEAVILY as I ate too much sugar and some gluten while in CA recently cuz of a family member’s unexpected death!
My body is CLEANSING constantly! I can ALWAYS tell ‘when I’ve ate too much of a WRONG thing as I start having a few CEANSING signs!
For instance, over this past weekend I ate my 1st small box of Pamela’s GF Graham Crackers. But ever since, I HAVE BEEN ITCHING NON-STOP EVER SINCE! I DON’T know what it could have been as there was NO gluten in them! But even as I ate them-they tasted SO GOOD-IT WAS LIKE THEY WERE ‘ADDICTING’ to me! (I started them on a Friday pm; ate Sat. & finished off box that night!)
And shortly afterwards, is when I STARTED EATING —ALL OVER! It’s about driven me CRAZY!
I opened up a tube I bought at a grocery store during the summer called AFTER BITE to HELP soothe your skin after bug bites/swelling/itching. IT HAS HELPED-SOME! I am also ordering Hyland’s APIS MELLIFICA mini-sublingual tablets also for ITCHING; bug bites; SKIN IRRITATIONS.
Right now, since scratching my limbs so HARD- I almost have bruises! And I have noticed blood spots on my arms!
I have a friend who has Psoriasis so I’m going to ask her about it! Hyland’s also has some tabs that would HELP her possibly!
SORRY, I got off the food subject! Thought maybe, someone there might have an IDEA –what this ingredient(s) could be!!! The co. I ordered from refunded e the cost of the graham crackers. BUT I haven’t yet contacted Pamela’s Co. to tell them! I should, yes? Plus, I ordered her Fig bars and Raspberry fig bars also GF. I have yet to open them. WONDERING IF I SHOULD RETURN THEM?
I should’ve NEVER ordered them as I KNOW how SWEET they are! DON’T need the sugar from figs! But also thought, I could use them in a recipe. As I have ate the Fig ones before! They are larger than fig newton’s. There are ONLY 10 cookies in package. Thx for letting me share.

Jacqueline says:

Hi Dawn! Thanks for sharing. Ingredient transparency is incredibly important to us, and we set out to make sure you know exactly what’s in your food. While we don’t offer a Gluten Free plan, we do try to include 2-3 Gluten Free meals per week. All of GF recipes are clearly marked as such, and you’ll have access to this information as well as the full recipe itself even before checkout. Otherwise, substituting and omitting is super easy, as everything is packaged and labeled separately. You’ll also see a full ingredients list and nutritional breakdown for each recipe on our website before you choose your meals.

If you have further questions about how HelloFresh can work for your dietary needs, please feel free to reach out to our Dietitian/Nutritionist at nutrition@hellofresh.com! You can also email us at hello@hellofresh.com or call us at 1 (800) 733-2414!.

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