Cook with Books: America the Beautiful: Together We Stand

America the Beautiful

With Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Independence Day all so close together, this is a great time of year for a patriotic book like America the Beautiful: Together We Stand.  This book is a unique combination of the lyrics of “America the Beautiful” with illustrations by some of the best children’s book illustrators and quotes by a variety of presidents.  Pair it with a patriotic dessert, and you’ve got a great way to spend a summer afternoon!

America the Beautiful

2We decided to make a pound cake with whipped cream and fruit!

4Make your pound cake (see directions below) and once it has cooled, slice it up and cover the bottom of your dish.

5Cover the cake with whipped cream.

6Then you can use fruit (we used blueberries and strawberries) to make your cake into a flag!

Here’s a simple recipe for a delicious pound cake!


  • 2 cups butter
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2/3 cups milk


  1. Grease three 8×4 inch loaf pans.
  2. Mix butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in eggs one at a time.
  4. Alternate flour and milk until everything is mixed in.
  5. Divide the batter into the three pans and bake at 350 degrees for about 55 minutes.


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