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The fourth of July is right around the corner. This is often the time when many of us get together with friends and family to enjoy good food and lots of laughs with one another. If you are looking for something to bring to the party that will feed a crowd then I’ve got the perfect dessert for you. Today I’m sharing with you all a dessert that is not only quick but it’s also perfectly patriotic in honor of Independence Day. With all of the ingredients available at Walmart, this patriotic flag dessert makes use of the wonderfully delicious fruits that are in season right now like strawberries, bananas, and blueberries while still keeping you cool as it is best served cold.
- 1 box of white cake mix plus ingredients as recommended on back of box
- 3 tbsp red, white, and blue sprinkles
- 1 3.4 oz box of Banana Cream Great Value Instant Pudding & Pie Filling
- 1 8 oz tub of Whipped Topping
- 1 cup whole milk
- 25 fresh blueberries
- 16 strawberries- cut in half
- 2 bananas- cut into circles
First start by preparing your cake. To do this follow the directions on the back of the cake mix box for a 13×9 inch pan. To the batter, fold in 3 tbsp of sprinkles. Transfer batter to a greased 13×9 baking dish and bake until completely done according to package instructions.
While the cake is cooking in the oven, begin to prepare your “topping”. In a large bowl, whsk together 1 box of banana cream instant pudding mix with 1 cup of milk. Fold in a container of whipped topping until evenly combined. Cover and refrigerate until cake has cooked and cooled completely.
Because we are using a pudding based topping and fresh fruit, it is best to assemble this cake right before it is served. To do this, spread the pudding mixture you created earlier on top of the cooled cake. Then slice your fruit and arrange on top of the pudding mixture in any pattern that you like. I opted to create a “flag” pattern in honor of the Fourth of July but you could also do other patterns like stripes alternating the fruit.
I think one of my favorite aspects of holidays is creating theme based foods. This dessert just makes me heart happy when I see it. It is almost too cute to eat. I did say almost because one bit of this delicious shortcake and you are going to want to have seconds….or thirds.
This dessert is sure to be a crowd pleasure and definitely the focal point of your holiday spread this Fourth of July. I love how simple it is to put together with ingredients that can easily be found in my local Walmart store.