Ina's flag cake deserves its own post. It is a true classic. You can find the recipe here.
I did make some changes. I wasn't entertaining hundreds of people at my pre-Memorial Day barbecue last weekend, so I opted to make the cake in a 9" by 13" dish instead of the half sheet pan that Ina uses. And I used an old favorite recipe - The Joy of Cooking's fabulous White Cake. It's not my recipe to give, but email me if you want me to send it to you.
I also did not need boatloads of icing (well maybe 1/2 a boatload), so I used 3/4's of Ina's Cream Cheese Icing recipe. Quick! What is three quarters of 1 1/2 lbs of cream cheese?*
It IS a pain to figure out three quarters of one pound of confectioner's sugar (still with me?) in cups** (or 12 oz.), so I did weigh that.
One other wrinkle. My star nozzle was bent and wonky, so I had to redo the stars part of the flag cake. Instead of the top left of the cake having Ina's blue background with white stars, I ended up with a white icing background and blue stars. More icing though! 👍👍👍
Make the cake and icing a day before, but decorate it with all the fruit the day you're serving it.
Enjoy your weekend and remember all the brave souls who we are honoring this Monday. 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸
* 1.125 lbs of Cream Cheese OR more usefully 1 lb of cream cheese plus 2 tablespoons.
** It's about 2 3/4 cups of confectioners sugar.