This Is the Only 4th of July Dessert You Need

Three cheers for the red, white and blue cake.

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It’s nearing the end of the 4th of July barbecue, and you’ve hoovered the hot dogs, pounded the potato salad and crushed the cold beverages. After you’ve taken a break from the feast (and maybe played a round or two of cornhole), it’s time to bring out the only thing more exciting than fireworks — dessert.

You could serve a flag cake, and no one would fault you for it. After all, the flag cake is traditional, patriotic and full of fruit-laden deliciousness. However, in the interest of keeping things fresh, we’re decking our dessert tables with Food Network Magazine’s All-American Mosaic Cake.

This funky dessert is just as patriotic as strawberry stripes and blueberry stars, but it's basically guaranteed to wow your guests. For starters, the geometric design is just plain cool. On a practical note, it doesn’t require you to buy, slice and arrange fresh fruit. But most importantly, the splashy design is ridiculously easy to make.

All you need is the white-frosted cake of your choice (store-bought is totally fine), red and blue candy melts and a microwave. After melting the candy, spread each color on a baking sheet and let harden. Once the candy is completely set, smash it into pieces and arrange the shards on the cake — and that’s it! A super-easy red, white and blue dessert that’s sure to impress on Independence Day.

Sorry, flag cake — even if you’re not on our plates, you’re always in our hearts.

Get the Recipe: All-American Mosaic Cake

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