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Happiness is... the 2013 Iowa State Fair

Updated: 08/12/2013 @ 10:14am

Happiness is . . . is the theme of the 2013 Iowa State Fair, Aug. 8-18. Why?  Because there’s so much to see and do!  

Happiness is…

Yes, indeed, happiness is the Iowa State Fair! As a tribute to the fair, we're featuring a 4-H project selected for state from the 2013 Franklin County Fair.  Not surprising, this cake was Pinterest-inspired! 

Happiness is… homemade cake topped with fresh berries. Bake someone happy this weekend! 

Patriotic Berry Cake

Make white cake from scratch, substituting almond flavoring for vanilla. Bake in a 9×13-inch pan.  Cut in half lengthwise for easier serving. 


  • 8-oz. pkg cream cheese
  • 1½ c. powdered sugar
  • 2 c. whipping cream
  • 1 tsp. almond flavoring


  1. Cream ½ c. sugar and cream cheese with mixer.
  2. Add whipping cream and remaining sugar. Beat until it looks like cool whip. (Don’t beat too much or cream will start to form butter lumps.)
  3. Take 1/3 of mixture and fold in berries of choice.
  4. Spread berry-frosting mixture on bottom cake and stack the other cake half on top.
  5. Then frost entire cake. 
  6. Finally, decorate with raspberries, blueberries, and sliced almonds – all arranged to resemble flowers. 
  7. Chill until served.

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