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

Updated on June 06, 2024

Cue the “oohs” and “aahs.”

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Our Best Fourth of July Cake Ideas

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!

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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.

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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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