Yesterday we took a "Hot or Not" vote on flag cakes (at the time we're writing this, it's pretty much a tie), and then we saw this smaller, round version. Just as festive, but not quite as kitschy. We vote "hot." See another photo, without the raspberries, below... In the interest of full disclosure, our (Elizabeth's) sister made this cake. So call us biased. But she wasn't looking to feed a big crowd, so she made a round cake and modified the design, with very swanky results. What we like about this cake is the fact that you could do the star design for more than just the 4th of July. In fact, this version would be perfect for a Dallas Cowboys' fan or maybe a sheriff/wild west-theme birthday party. Use hazelnuts and it works for the holidays.
We can't decide which version we like better — just blueberries or red, white, and blue. What do you think? Related: Survey: What Was the Most Spectacular Birthday Cake You Ever Made or Received? (Images: Holland Burns)