4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, or all-purpose gluten-free flour
1 1/2 tablespoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
9 large Eggs (whites only)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon red gel food color
1/4 teaspoon blue gel food color
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
8 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 to 2 tablespoons milk
CAKE: Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour three 9-inch round cake pans; set aside.
Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
In a stand mixer or separate bowl, add sugar and butter and beat at a medium speed. Scape the bowl occasionally and continue this until everything is combined and creamy.
Add 1 egg white at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla; mix well.
Add flour mixture alternately with 1 1/2 cups milk, beating at low speed after each addition just until mixed.
Divide batter in half; tint one-half red. Then, divide the remaining batter in half; tint one half blue and leave other white.
Pour each batter into individually prepared pans.
Bake white and blue layers 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Bake red layer 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Let the bakes sit for about 10 minutes post-oven to cool. Loosen edge of cakes by running a knife around inside edge. Carefully remove cakes from pans to cooling rack; allow to cool completely before decorating.
FROSTING: Cream together the butter and cream cheese.
Add in the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk; combine until fluffy
DECORATIONS: Follow this picture tutorial to assemble the American Flag.
Have a HAPPY and SAFE holiday!