Netherlands flag cake for friends we met while living in the Netherlands. This cake represents all things Dutch with the flag of the Netherlands, vibrant tulips and clogs or “klompen.”
Before we moved to the Netherlands, my friends graciously threw us a going away party. I had one request…to make the cake. Even with all the stress of moving, I got to stop for a bit to create a Netherlands flag cake for our friends and family. I made this cake but wrote “Bye Felicia” on it.
After being in the Netherlands for a few months, we were able to get to know a great family. We got together frequently and instantly clicked as you often do as expats. Living in a foreign country, it is nice to have friends that understand the struggles and can help you through the tough times. As expats, you make friends quickly and just as quickly often have to say goodbye.
As their time in the Netherlands was coming to an end, I got to make them a cake to wish them well. I know that their boys will cherish the memories they made in the Netherlands. Meeting new families here and saying goodbye so quickly has definitely been one of the hardest things of this journey, but it has been an incredible opportunity to meet new families and gain friends that share in your experiences.
Netherlands Flag Cake
This Netherlands flag cake could easily be made for any country’s flag. You could use this same design to make an American flag for Fourth of July. I made a sheet cake using my from-scratch white cake recipe. I made two batches of my buttercream frosting. After filling and crumb coating the cake, I made several colored buttercream frostings (red, blue, black and green).
Colored Frosting Tips
If you want more vibrant colors, let the icing sit at room temperature for a bit. Leaving it to sit for a bit allows the color to soak into the frosting. If you want a darker red frosting, add a bit of cocoa power or start with a chocolate buttercream. By starting with a darker icing, it will help you achieve the red food coloring without having to add a bunch of food dye.
Adding the Netherlands Flag
To add the Netherlands flag, I first measured the cakes in thirds. I used my bench scraper to mark out the sections. Then, I used a piping bag and cut the tip off the bag. I piped out the blue and red sections and then by piping small lines to fill in the sections. I took my offset spatula and smoothed out the red and blue frosting sections.
I used store bought fondant since it was such a small amount of tulips. I chose yellow, pink and orange colored fondant to make the tulips. I rolled out a small amount of fondant into a ball. Then I cut it in half so that the back of the tulip would be flat and adhere better to the cake. I shaped a small tip at the top of the tulip and then used my fondant sculpting tools to create the appearance of a petal. Then I added green buttercream stems and grass around the fondant tulips.
I hope you enjoyed this Netherlands flag cake as much I did making it. Hopefully this gives you some inspiration for other flag inspired cakes you can create!