Whenever we attend a Forth of July barbecue where food is being gathered potluck style, we’re the kinds of sweet lovers who usually choose to bring the dessert. That’s because sweet treats are our favourite things to make (as well as to eat, of course), and also because there are just so many kinds of goodies out there that you can make to follow a holiday theme! This year, we’ve found ourselves particularly interested in making Fourth of July inspired cakes.
1. Patriotic strawberry poke cake
Perhaps you’re the kind of person who loves making classic favourites when it comes to the actual recipe or dish because then you know everyone will like it, but you’re totally open to the idea of adding or embellishing the cake in some way that will make it at least look on theme and possibly even taste better? Then we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at the way Mom Spark added a sweet layer of whipped cream, and made the red and blue stripes of the American flag using strawberries and blueberries!
2. Red, white, and blue cheesecake cake
Have your favourite kinds of cake actually always been sponge cake and cheesecake but you’re having trouble choosing between the two for this event? Well, who ever said that you have to choose? Instead, take a look at the way Recipe Girl combined the two in one place to make this red, white, and blue cheesecake cake! The sponge layers are dyed red and blue with food colouring while the white stripe is represented by the cheesecake in the middle!
3. American flag coconut cake
If you’re going to make yourself a cake in the summer, would you also love to use it as a chance to make something that tastes fruity and deliciously summery to match the season? Well, coconut lovers rejoice, because The First Year has the perfect suggestion for you! Their recipe and tutorial teach you how to make a coconut sponge cake and top it with shredded coconut dyed in red and blue stripes.
4. Red, white, and blue marbled poke cake
Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about the idea of making a simple Fourth of July poke cake but you’re not sure you want to make the fruity version because you know little kids can be suspicious about healthy things on their treats? Then we’d suggest trying this version from Spend With Pennies instead! Instead of just decorating the top, they show you how to marble the sponge cake with red and blue food colouring amidst the natural white shade of it.
5. Easy 4th of July ice cream cake
Perhaps you know that you’re going to be in a bit of a rush around the Fourth of July because summertime is a very busy season for you, so you’re hoping to find something quick and easy but creative and cool? Well, if you want to take that mention of “cool” quite literally, then we’d encourage you to take a look at how Just A Taste made this easy Fourth of July sponge and berry ice cream cake that has red raspberry ice cream in between the cut layers of the cake.
6. Fireworks sugar cookie cake
If you’re going to make a cute Fourth of July cake that’s really geared towards the kids, like we mentioned earlier, would you rather make it something really unique? Well, if you’re as big a fan of novelty recipes that combine the best parts of two different kinds of treats, then we think you’ll get along quite well indeed with this fantastic fireworks sugar cookie cake featured on Crazy for Crust! The red and blue sprinkles in the batter are what makes it the cake a “fireworks” cookie.
7. Red, white, and blue berry and sponge cake
If you’re going to make an Independence Day cake, would you much rather make it simpler, sleeker, and geared towards any kind of crowd, rather than just kids who love really sweet, novelty things? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Epicurious made this simple and delicious red, white, and blue berry and sponge cake made with red and white vanilla sponge and white vanilla icing, as well as strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries.
8. Berry flag cake with cream cheese icing
Just in case you’ve already been a fan of several ideas on our list but you’re having trouble deciding which one you like best, here’s a concept and recipe that combine several different parts of the different things you’ve already seen! We’re huge fans of the way Spend With Pennies a marbled sponge cake with cream cheese icing topped with strawberries and blueberries arranged in the shape of an American flag.
9. Red, white, and blue mini cakes
If you’re making your dessert dishes for a barbecue or patio party, would you like to make something miniature and made in individual servings that’s easy to eat on the go so that your friends can continue socializing while they enjoy dessert? Then we have a feeling you might get a kick out of the way Hello Little Home made these iced and layered red, white, and blue mini cakes.
10. Fourth of July berry cookie cake
Have we actually caught your attention the best so far with our suggestion of making a combination cookie cake but you’re just not sure that everyone there will be interested in the sprinkled version because of how sweet it is? Then perhaps you’d get along better with a fruity version! Take a better look at Fannetastic Food to see how this slightly healthier Fourth of July berry cookie cake.
11. Fourth of July funfetti cupcakes
Maybe we’ve really caught your attention with the idea of making individualized cake desserts for easy eating on the go but you’d actually prefer to make your treats even more convenient by eliminating the need for a fork? Then perhaps you’d be better off making cupcakes instead! We’re huge fans of these Fourth of July funfetti cupcakes from Real Housemoms and so are our kids.
12. Red velvet fourth of July cupcakes
Have we really caught your attention now at the mention of cupcakes but you’re not sure that funfetti would really be your first choice? Then perhaps you’d prefer to make something like these absolutely decadent red velvet Fourth of July cupcakes featured step by step on Your Cup of Cake! Red velvet cake is already red, so that colour is taken care of, and then they tell you how how they added white and blue in the form of whipped cream spirals and blueberries popped right on top.
13. 4th of July roll cake
If you’re going to put in all the time and effort it takes to make an awesome Fourth of July cake from scratch, would you prefer to make one that has several novelty details to it at once, just to make it a little extra fun? Then we have a strong feeling that you’ll get a real kick out of the way Taste and Tell made this blue and red Fourth of July spiral cake with white buttercream icing.
14. Patriotic pound cake
Did you actually really love the idea of making a quick Independence Day dessert from a simple but delicious store bought pound cake because you’re either new to the dessert making game or because you need something really quick, but you’d prefer not to make anything involving ice cream because you don’t want it to melt everywhere? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Spoon University made this patriotic pound cake using whipped cream, strawberries, and blueberries!
15. Red, white, and blue cake pops
Are you actually scrolling through our list thinking about how you’d still prefer to make a sightly more individual portioned and portable cake dessert that your friends can eat while they socialize, but you’re not sure cupcakes are the route you want to go? Then we have a feeling these fantastic Fourth of July cake pops outlined step by step on The Starving Chef made these red, white, and blue marbled cake pops!
Have you made other kinds of super fun fourth of July themed cakes before that were a huge hit at parties but that you don’t see anything similar to on our list? Tell us all about what you created and how you did it, link us to the recipe so we can try it too, or link us to photos of your finished treats in the comments section!