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Red, White and Blue Cake with Berries, Coconut and Rum for #SundaySupper

Red, White and Blue Cake with Berries, Coconut and Rum

Like Memorial Day, the real meaning behind the 4th of July sometimes gets forgotten. Independence Day is a national holiday here in the U.S., and when it falls on a Friday or Monday, we make our plans for the long holiday weekend. This year, it falls flat in the middle of the week, Wednesday. And I think it’s terrific. It’s a great way to stop what we are doing, THINK and honor our country, our freedom and our Declaration of Independence. What better way to do this than to share this red, white and blue cake and some random facts about this historical document.

First, the cake. Of course!

Red, White and Blue Cake with Berries, Coconut and Rum

This is a one pan cake that is studded with red (strawberries), white (coconut & icing) and plenty of blue (blueberries). To kick it up a notch, I made the icing with this household’s favorite, Malibu Coconut Rum. Oh yeah, this is not your ordinary red, white and blue cake!

And now some random (and fun) facts about the Declaration of Independence I found:

  • Robert Livingston, one of the members of the committee who wrote the Declaration of Independence, never signed it. He believed that it was too soon to declare independence and therefore refused to sign.
  • The Declaration of Independence was not signed on July 4, 1776. Independence was officially declared on July 2, 1776, a date that John Adams believed would be “the most memorable epocha in the history of America.” On July 4, 1776, Congress approved the final text of the Declaration but it wasn’t signed until August 2, 1776.
  • Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the vote to approve the Declaration of Independence.
  • Nine of the signers of the Declaration died before the American Revolution ended in 1783. Total number of signees: 56.
  • George Washington, our nation’s first president did NOT sign the Declaration of Independence.
  •  The oldest signer of the Declaration of Independence was Benjamin Franklin, who was 70 at the time of the signing
  •  John Hancock was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence text, and his signature is also the largest.
  •  The first public Fourth of July event at the White House occurred in 1804.
  •  Independence Day was first celebrated in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776 where the Liberty Bell sounded from the tower of Independence Hall summoning citizens to gather for the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence by Colonel John Nixon.

Sources of facts: ConstitutionFacts.comAmerican-history-fun-facts.com Purpletrail.com

Red, White and Blue Cake with Berries, Coconut and Rum

You can find my Red, White and Blue Cake along with the other great 4th of July inspired recipes below to celebrate the #SundaySupper movement of bringing families back home to the dinner table.

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46 Responses to Red, White and Blue Cake with Berries, Coconut and Rum for #SundaySupper

  1. Renee at #

    What a beautiful cake! Incredible photos and perfect setting for July 4th.

  2. Gorgeous cake! I am glad you explained the recipe with and without alcohol. I’m not always up for alcohol in my desserts, but it looks just as good without it.

    • Laura at #

      Oh, absolutely! With kiddos around, you can bet this is a boozeless treat!

  3. This screams, ” Eat dessert first”!

  4. I love the fresh berries on top and I’m not sure the glaze would make it to the cake – I’d be busy eating it right out of the bowl! :)

  5. Mama F at #

    What a beautiful cake! I wouldn’t have the time to arrange the berries in a pattern myself but it looks amazing!

  6. kathy at #

    Hi Laura, I’m a berry freak, needless to say… I love this cake!!! Butter, cream cheese, and yogurt aaahhh rich and delish!!!

    Great idea for the July 4th celebration.

  7. You put me to shame with your historical trivia – I should know more…The cake suddenly puts me in the mood for the holiday, right around the corner.

    • Laura at #

      Liz, don’t feel bad. I only knew the fact about George Washington!

  8. Laura Hunter at #

    This cake not only looks delicious but presentation wise it is also gorgeous. Well done.

  9. I bet this is the perfect ending for this #SundaySupper!! Yummy, I love fruit!! :) Thanks for sharing!

  10. Looks like the perfect dessert for a July 4th picnic.

  11. I don´t think there´s a single ingredient in this cake that I don´t love. Fantastic combination! It looks delectable and fluffy.

    • Laura at #

      Thank you, Paula. These are some of my personal favorite flavor combinations!

  12. Soni at #

    Ooh love the decoration on the top with the colorful fruits!Perfect for the fourth of July!Craving for a bite right now :)

  13. Yum, what a delicious cake. I love all the berries, and I just want to eat the glaze with a spoon!

  14. I agree with Cindy, we should always eat dessert first – life is too short.

    • Laura at #

      LOL! Me, too!

  15. Amber at #

    I love strawberries, I love blueberries, I love coconut..and I love your post! FANTASTIC job!

  16. This is incredibly beautiful! I’ve pinned and can’t wait to make this!

    • Laura at #

      Thanks, Jen!

  17. What a pretty cake, and I enjoyed reading the random tidbits of information! Love this post :)

  18. Love the recipe – rum and coconut is such a great flavor. And I love your fun facts, too! I’m in the midst of writing a post that’s July 4th-appropriate and I have a few of the same facts in it. Great minds, and all of that! Love the photos, particularly the 2nd and 3rd(I have a real weakness for overhead shots). The lighting is just creamy nice. Good stuff – thanks.

  19. RecipeNewZ at #

    Beautiful cake! Just perfect for the 4th of July and for the berry season :-).

  20. Eha at #

    Laura – thank you so much for the list of blogs with 4th of July related food in them. Shall file and quietly bless you again when have time to read them! A delightful way to ‘meet’ some other US blog-writers and learn from their expertise.. Should you not have another post ere your holiday, I DO hope your whole family will have a happy and memorable day!

  21. Cristina at #

    A beautiful cake and really like the use of the fresh summer berries and yogurt in this cake! I could see serving this for brunch, breakfast, entertaining and enjoying with tea. You have a lovely blog here, Laura! Refreshing to find other food-type bloggers in the S.D. area too! :)

    Have a great & safe holiday week!

  22. Gorgeous cake! And thanks for all the fun independence day facts.

  23. What a GORGEOUS cake Laura!!! I love how you decorated the cake top with berries…so pretty! Hope you had a nice 4th celebration. It was 52F when we were watching fireworks – totally wished I’m in So California!

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