20 Spectacular Cakes That’ll End Your Fourth of July Celebration with a Bang

Cue the “oohs” and “aahs.”

June 16, 2022

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It's Time to Celebrate

There’s only one thing as exciting as the fireworks display on the Fourth: an all-American dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth after a day of appetizers, grilling and cocktails. Whether you choose a traditional layer cake piled high with fluffy frosting, an ice cream cake decked out in red, white and blue or a no-fuss icebox cake, there’s no denying that cake is the perfect celebratory treat. That’s why we’ve rounded up lots of patriotic options for your backyard bash, starting with this shortcut option. It’s made so much easier with a brilliant hack: Store-bought angel food cake is cut and rearranged to look just like a flag waving in the wind — which means you don’t need a special pan!

Get the Recipe: Waving Flag Cake

Stars and Stripes Cupcakes

This impressive dual-frosting detail is easier to re-create than you think. Filled with both colors of frosting at once, a plastic zip-top bag is all you need to pipe a celebratory swirl.

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Red Velvet Fireworks Cake

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.

Get the Recipe: Red Velvet Fireworks Cake

Flag Cake

So, you're a fan of sheet cake? This 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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Stars-and-Stripes Cake

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.)

Get the Recipe: Stars-and-Stripes Cake

American Flag Ice Cream Cake

This red, white and blue ice cream cake is sure to become a summer classic. It's easier than it looks, thanks to a press-in-the-pan crust made from shortbread cookie crumbs. Then it's just a matter of layering on jam and a no-churn homemade ice cream. Parchment paper templates make fast work of creating the stripes.

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Fireworks Bundt Cake

This showstopping cake is sure to be the center of attention at your patriotic summer party. Just be sure to butter and flour your cake pan well, making sure there’s butter in all the pan’s crevices, so that the cake is easy to remove after baking.

Get the Recipe: Fireworks Bundt Cake

Red, White and Blue Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Just when you thought red velvet cake couldn’t get any better! Instead spreading frosting between the layers of cake, Jeff fills that space with ice cream sandwiches, making the perfect, patriotic, summertime treat.

Get the Recipe: Red, White and Blue Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Red, White and Blue Cheesecake

The marbled effect in this Americana-inspired dessert is easier to achieve than it looks — all it takes is alternating scoops of colored cheesecake batter, and then a simple wooden skewer does the rest.

Get the Recipe: Red, White and Blue Cheesecake

Flag Cake

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!

Get the Recipe: Flag Cake

Ice Cream Flag Cake

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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All-American Mosaic Cake

You won’t believe how easy it is to make this funky festive dessert. Melt red and blue candy melts, pour onto baking sheets and refrigerate until set. Then break the candy into shards and press onto a frosted white cake!

Get the Recipe: All-American Mosaic Cake

Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcake

Layer a mixture of cooked rhubarb and strawberries with cake and freshly whipped cream for a festive summertime treat everyone will love.

Get the Recipe: Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcake

Red, White and Woohoo!

The easiest kind of cake you can make for the Fourth of July? An icebox cake. It's as simple as stacking cookies and cream — and then popping the dessert into the refrigerator for a couple hours.

Get the Recipe: Red, White and Woohoo!

Blueberry Buttermilk Bundt Cake

Serve up this blueberry-studded bundt cake with a side of macerated strawberries for a red, white and blue dessert that's sure to please.

Get the Recipe: Blueberry Buttermilk Bundt Cake

Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Transform a traditional vanilla cake into a patriotic display sweet cream cheese frosting and a garnish of fresh strawberries and blueberries.

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Red, White and Blue Stripe Cake with Swiss Meringue Buttercream

This cake is perfect for the home baker who is ready to take their decorating skills to the next level. After piping rows of frosting around the edge of the cake, use a warm bench scraper to smooth them into colorful stripes. To heat the bench scraper, keep a bowl of hot water and a clean, dry towel nearby. Dunk the scraper into the water and dry thoroughly before using it to smooth the cake. You may need to repeat this a few times as you smooth out the edges of your impressive, all-American confection.

Get the Recipe: Red, White and Blue Stripe Cake with Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Red, White and Blue Mini Layer Cakes

We took a classic red velvet cake and turned it into red and blue velvet for July 4th! These individual cakes come together by punching out small cake circles and layering them together with a delicious cream cheese frosting.

Get the Recipe: Red, White and Blue Mini Layer Cakes

Fireworks Cheesecake

Boom! A chocolate cake-bottomed no-bake cheesecake gets a splashy treatment thanks to some seriously clever (and easy) decorating tricks.

Get the Recipe: Fireworks Cheesecake

Red, White and Blue Cake Roll

Guests will love slicing through the indulgent outer layer of marshmallow cream to reveal the vibrant red and blue cake hidden beneath.

Get the Recipe: Red, White and Blue Cake Roll

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