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If you are looking for a dessert that is so simple and effortless it practically makes itself, let me know when you find it.

All kidding aside, this dessert is super fast and easy and delicious so if you aren’t exactly Betty Baker, whip this together then stand back and listen to the ohhs and ahhs as your guests like their plates clean and ask for more!

Start with a pre-made pound cake (I used Sara Lee’s frozen pound cake). Slice into about quarter to half-inch slices – depending on if you want hearty or more delicate slices.

Wash raspberries and stir in a spoon or two of sugar. Set aside and let the sugar work its magic on the raspberries while you rinse the blueberries.

I used freshly whipped cream, but you can also use frozen whipped topping if you aren’t into beating defenseless cream into a frothy pile of deliciousness.

Put the cake in a fun serving bowl or platter. I just picked up this blue beauty (and the little blue bowl) last week at Sur la Table – one of my new favorite stores. I kept wandering around in there so long Captain Cavedweller finally agreed to come back and pick my drooling self up half an hour later. It was a good thing he came when he did or I’m not sure I could have restrained myself from buying approximately 37 more things that I really, really wanted. But I had to have these! Had to!

Use red, white and blue dishes for your berries and whipped cream. It looks fun and festive without being a lot of work!

Enjoy!

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Patriotic Cupcake Flag

Here we are, ready to start our entertaining for the 4th of July with barbecues, picnics, and so much more.

If you are looking for an easy but attention-getting dessert, try making a cupcake flag. So simple and easy to make and even easier to serve!

Enjoy!

Ingredients for Cupcake Flag

Line a muffin tin with patriotic cupcake liners.

The baked cupcakes, looking so uniform and delicious, just waiting for the cream cheese frosting.

The frosted cupcakes.... oh, the temptation.

The cupcakes in all their berry bedazzled glory.

Cupcake Flag

1 box Betty Crocker French Vanilla Cake Mix

1 1/3 cups water

1/2 cup oil

3 eggs

1 cup raspberries, washed and dried

1 cup blueberries, washed and dried

1/2 cup flaked and sweetened coconut

Cream Cheese Frosting (you can make your own or use it out of a can. The homemade version is sooo good, I encourage you to try it! The recipe is below.)

Combine cake mix, water, eggs and oil.  Line a muffin tin with patriotic cupcake liners. Fill cups with batter and bake according to  directions for cupcakes on back of box.

While the cupcakes are baking, mix up your cream cheese frosting, wash and dry the berries and try not to eat all the frosting before the cupcakes come out of the oven.

Once cupcakes are out of the oven and cooled, frost with cream cheese frosting and line up on a large serving tray. Place blueberries for the stars on the cupcakes in the left-hand corner and alternate rows of raspberries and coconut on the rest of the cupcakes to make the stripes for the flag. Make sure your outside rows are raspberries.

Try not to eat the cupcakes before the guests arrive or pick off the berries now covered in delicious frosting!

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

1 box powdered sugar

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 tsp. vanilla

Combine all ingredients until smooth and creamy.

Wishing you all a very Happy and Safe 4th of July!

Happy Entertaining!

Shanna

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Whether you are into savvy entertaining, like to hold parties or are a designated host for the upcoming 4th of July weekend, you are most likely trying to think of a few fun recipes to serve.

My shout-out this week goes to a website that provides oodles of tested recipes that are simple and good – tasteofhome.com

If you are looking specifically for some great 4th of July recipes, go to Taste of Home and see all the delicious looking treats available.

Happy Entertaining!

Shanna

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