Just One Easy Decorating Trick Stands Between You and Our Fireworks Cheesecake

And once you master it (no problem), this dessert just might become your new 4th of July tradition.

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You cannot go wrong with a red-white-and-blue dessert at 4th of July cookout — and we've got plenty of 'em to choose from. And, of course, Ina's flag cake is classic we would never try to usurp.

But this year, when we were dreaming up treats you'll want to make for summer BBQs again and again, we looked to the the 4th-of-July sky — and our penchant for jazzing up cheesecakes — for a new idea. If you love (unsucessfully, tbh) 'gramming your town's fireworks display every year, you and your pals will definitely flip for this cheesecake that matches (and is as beautiful in a picture as it is in person).

The trick to the fireworks design? Circles! And a toothpick. That's it. Simply drop a few concentric blobs (alternating between the dark sky color and neon hues) onto the top of the cake. Then drag a toothpick from the center of the circles outward, making the starburst shape. Ka-boom! Dessert done — and so stinkin' pretty.

Happy 4th, all!

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