Plan a Sweet Holiday with Our Best 4th of July Cakes

We've got everything from shortcut flag desserts to cool layered ice cream treats.

June 17, 2020

Food Network Kitchen’s Waving Flag Cake.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

Even if your Fourth of July celebration looks different than usual this year, make sure it involves cake. Whether it's a frosting-topped showstopper or a chilled ice cream creation, it's gotta be sweet!

Waving Flag Cake (pictured above)

We'll let you in on a little secret here: Store-bought angel food cake is the brilliant shortcut ingredient in this festive dessert. You'll have a flag cake in an hour, no fancy cake pan required.

Flag Cake

Flag Cake

Food Network Kitchens Flag Cake

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2012, Television Food Network, GP. All Rights Reserved

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

More into sheet cake? Food Network Kitchen's recipe fits the bill. Stir just three tablespoons of red, white and blue sprinkles into the batter to create fun bursts of color in every slice.

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Photo by: Kate Mathis

Kate Mathis

Bring the fireworks to your own backyard with this beautiful red velvet dessert. No one will be able to resist the sweetened cream cheese frosting and patriotic nonpareils.

Decorating Ina's 5-star cake requires little more than a pastry bag fitted with a star tip and some fruit — how easy is that? One fan even says this recipe is so good she's been making it every Fourth of July for almost 12 years!

Photo by: Ryan Dausch

Ryan Dausch

Turn your typical layer cake on its side with a vertical stripe cake. Rolling the cake into a large spiral will help you create a festive dessert that's guaranteed to be the center of attention. (Check out these step-by-step instructions to nail the process from start to finish.)

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Photo by: Ralph Smith

Ralph Smith

We'd be remiss to leave out the always-pleasing ice cream cake. Just be sure you have your family gathered around the table when you slice into this fun dessert — there's a cool flag just waiting to be revealed!

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