FailWin: 4th Of July Flag Cake

Pin Reaper: Breanna Nelson

Original Inspiration:

Pinterest Fail 4th Of July Flag Cake inspiration

What I Did: 
I wanted to have a special cake for the 4th of July weekend, so I did some research and found this cake idea on Pinterest. At first, it seemed a little intimidating, but I knew that if I took my time, I could definitely pull it off. I went to a local craft store and found the gel food coloring I needed and then went home to start baking. Baking the cakes was the easiest part of this process. Once all the cakes were cooled, I started cutting out the 4 inch circles in the different cakes, as it stated. The first problem was that all of the cake layers were not even and that aspect didn’t even occur to me until I cut into it. Putting the layers together was easy and frosting it was a snap. I put the cake in the fridge and let it sit for a few hours. I was so certain that I had nailed this project and scoffed at the idea that anyone could mess it up. I couldn’t wait to show my boyfriend my awesome creation. He cut into it and pulled the first piece out as I was standing there ready to take a picture and post it for everyone to see and bask in my glory. All I saw were colored squares. No flag, just squares. My beautiful flag cake had turned into a Scrabble board. I was noticeably upset, but the cake tasted amazing and I convinced myself that’s all that mattered. So what if I cried in the closet while eating my Rubik’s Cube cake? It was delicious. It took me 4 hours to complete this travesty of an idea, but I don’t regret it at all. I’m going to try again next year! Thanks for listening.

My Result:

Pinterest Fail 4th Of July Flag Cake result

Next Time I Will: try again, or pay someone to do it for me.

Pinterest Fail 4th Of July Flag Cake storyboard


  1. Jake

    A+++ for effort. 🙂

  2. Hallie

    It was a very patriotic Rubic’s cube! I would just lie and say you did it on purpose because nerds have country pride too.

  3. Amanda

    You just need to get a cake leveler next time and make sure all the cakes are the same thickness.

  4. Lisa

    Your only real mistakes were not leaving the middle red layer intact and not cutting the layers flat and even. Cutting cake layers is tough to do free hand even with a sharp serrated knife. I’ve seen recommendations for using unflavored, unwaxed dental floss. For some type of guide you could set the cake layer into another pan with sides the same height as the thickness you need. For instance, if your layer is 3 inches and you need to cut it to 1 inch find a pan 1 inch deep then cut the same height as the pan.

  5. Maty

    Other than leveling you put the two middle circles in backwards… the red should have gone in first to match up with the red under the blue square. Other than that even without the level it would have been fine. Good job!

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