Memorial Day Cake

Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have sacrificed so much so that we can enjoy freedom.  And what exactly *is* freedom?  Of course, it’s huge, vast ideals such as free enterprise and religious freedom. But it’s those smaller things, too, that we enjoy without even thinking about it.  A free world means you can stay in your PJ’s until noon and run an eBay business from your basement instead of punching in at a desk job.  A free country means that you can wrap your hot dog in Wonder bread and coat it in mayo instead of ketchup if you want to.  You can dip your fries in your Frosty.  You can get extra cream in your coffee.  You can walk around your house in underwear, if you want to.  If you feel like having a Netflix marathon with popcorn and nachos, you can.

Ain’t America grand? 😉

Today we have a fun “kid friendly” Memorial Day activity.  My kids really enjoyed making this, and if you have a bunch of kids coming over today, let them make dessert. I guarantee you they’ll have a blast and always remember the time “we cooked for everyone.”  🙂

What are we waiting for?  Let’s do this!

Memorial Day Cake

Ingredients:

1 box white cake mix, prepared according to directions

1 8 oz. container Cool Whip, thawed

1 cup sliced strawberries

1/2 cup blueberries

Directions:

Prepare and bake cake according to manufacturer’s directions in a 13×9 baking dish.  When cake has cooled frost with Cool Whip.  Decorate with strawberries and blueberries in an American flag pattern. Kids love to help with this.  Bring the cake and decorating supplies to your Memorial day picnic and let the kids help “create” the dessert! 🙂

 Memorial Day Cake

This isn’t “technically” a recipe.  And it’s so easy that I didn’t even mess with step by step photos.  But I will say that when you have a big crowd coming to the house, it’s nice to have a little craft or activity for the kids to do. And if that project is edible? So much the better! 🙂

If your kids are older, you can have them help actually make and bake the white cake mix in a 13×9 pan.  If you have littles, like I do, then you can bake the cake in advance, let it cool, and then allow them to decorate it.

Memorial Day Cake

Let them spread the Cool Whip onto the top of the cooled white cake.  Cool whip needs to sit in the fridge overnight, or on the counter for 2 hours, to make sure that it isn’t icy in the center.  Heck . . . this is America. I know you know this.  Cool Whip enjoys a cult following, and for good reason! 🙂

Memorial Day Cake

Give your kids bowls of diced strawberries and blueberries and let them make a flag pattern on top of the cake.  Don’t worry if it’s not perfect– the point is having fun.  And they will have a blast!

Take pieces of your creation out on the porch and shoot off some fireworks.  Play some country music.  Drink some iced tea.  Have a hot dog.  Ahhhhh . . . summer is so close I can smell it!

Happy Memorial Day everyone! 🙂

You did it. And I’m just so proud of you.


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