5 Flag-Inspired Treats for Your July 4th Celebration

This Independence Day, celebrate the stars and stripes with these patriotic flag desserts.
By: Emily Lee
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Ina Garten's Flag Cake for All American as seen on Food Network's Barefoot Contessa

Photo by: Alice Gao ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Alice Gao, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

With July 4th just around the corner, we've got cookout fare on our minds: juicy burgers and brats, creamy potato salad, thick slabs of buttered cornbread. And let's not forget dessert. These flag-inspired treats will make the perfect patriotic conclusion to your backyard gathering with family and friends.

Ina Garten’s Flag Cake (pictured at top)

Topped with rich cream cheese frosting and seasonal summer berries, this cake is the best centerpiece for your July Fourth celebration. Make the easy vanilla sheet cake ahead of time, and decorate it with berries and frosting just before serving.

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Here’s a quick spin on the traditional flag cake: store-bought miniature tart shells that are filled with mascarpone cream, then studded with fresh blueberries and strawberries. It doesn't get much easier.

A slice of this festive reveal cake is just the thing to cap off a Fourth of July party, whether you're celebrating under a colorful shower of fireworks or in the comfort of your own backyard. It looks tricky, but with this how-to manual, it's a cinch.

Flag Cake

Flag Cake

Food Network Kitchens Flag Cake

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Matt Armendariz, 2012, Television Food Network, GP. All Rights Reserved

Kids will adore the sweet sprinkle surprise hidden inside of this festive flag cake. Decorate the top with white chocolate frosting, strawberry stripes and blueberry stars.

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Photo by: Ralph Smith

Ralph Smith

Make sure you have an audience when you cut into Food Network Magazine's red, white and blue ice cream cake. It may look like a basic vanilla cake from the outside, but each slice is a cake-and-ice-cream flag. For worry-free assembly, follow these step-by-step instructions.

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