This Memorial Day, let’s remember our fallen soldiers who paid the ultimate price!
To truly make this cake special, say a prayer for all the troops who have risked their lives for our freedom. And, as you place the flags in front of each tombstone, remember to pray for the families of our fallen soldiers!
1 box white cake mix
1 container white cake icing
1 bag shredded coconut
Green food coloring
Sealed quart size bag (like Ziploc®)
1 bag white candy melts
1-2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 box breakfast biscuits*
U.S. mini flags (on toothpicks) – folded
*We used Belvita® breakfast biscuits.
Cook cake mix according to directions. Let cool. Add 3-4 drops of green food coloring to icing and stir with a spoon. Add additional drops of food coloring until icing turns the desired shade of green. Once cake is completely cooled, ice the cake and put aside.
Place shredded coconut in quart size bag. Make sure you leave ample space in the bag, so you can shake the coconut around. Add about 2-4 tablespoons of water and 3-4 drops of green food coloring. Seal bag and shake, making sure all the coconut turns green (you may need to use your hands to scrunch the bag and move the ‘sealed’ coconut around). Add additional water and/or food coloring to arrive at your desired shade. Cover the top of the cake with the green shredded coconut. Refrigerate.
Take white candy melt and follow heating directions according to the package. NOTE: Be sure melted chocolate is in a container that is deep enough to dip ¾ of each breakfast biscuit into it (if not, transfer to appropriate container). Add vegetable oil to melted candy and stir. Remove breakfast biscuits from packaging and dip ¾ of the biscuit into the melted chocolate and place on parchment paper (don’t worry about covering the entire biscuit, as the bottom portion will not be seen). Be sure to place the unsmooth side of the biscuit on the parchment paper, so the smooth side is facing up. IMPORTANT TIP: When placing the chocolate covered biscuit on the parchment paper, slightly move the biscuit up while the chocolate is still wet, to avoid the chocolate from creating an unflattering edge along the upper rim. Continue to dip each breakfast biscuit into the chocolate until you have enough to cover the cake (approximately 10-12 biscuits). Set aside, so chocolate can harden. Once chocolate has harden, remove biscuits from the parchment paper and trim any unflattering edges with a knife or your fingers.
When ready to assemble, push the uncovered end of the biscuit into the cake, so only the white ‘tombstone’ shows above the coconut ‘grass.’ Be sure the smooth portion is facing out. Continue adding the tombstones in a row about an inch apart.
To create the draped U.S. flags, take the flag and fold the outer top right edge down into a triangle. Then fold that outer right edge down again. This creates a natural draped flag, which resemble those seen at Arlington National Cemetery…when the wind is not blowing. Place one draped flag in front of each tombstone.
Don’t forget to say a prayer for our soldiers and their families!