Fun July 4th Dessert: Berry Flag Tart

The star of your patriotic menu will be this flag-shape dessert featuring bright red raspberries, tart blueberries, and dough cut in stripes and star shapes. Despite the masterpiece finish, it's actually quite simple to make.

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Easy 4th of July Decorations

Decorate your home in the spirit of Independence Day with our red, white, and blue 4th of July decorations. From flags to fireworks, these easy decorations cover every July 4th theme you can think of -- and they're cute to boot.

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Our Favorite July 4th Recipes

Take the guesswork out of creating a delicious spread of 4th of July food. Our July 4th entrees (hot dogs! ribs!), drinks (punch! sangria!), side dishes (fruit and pasta salads!), and desserts (mmm, pie) make organizing a patriotic potluck a breeze.

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Festive July 4th Desserts

Celebrate Independence Day with these festive 4th of July desserts! With star-shape scones and piecrusts, tempting tarts, colorful shakes, and fresh berries, these recipes for 4th of July desserts are sure to stand out at your patriotic celebration.

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Easy 4th of July Party Ideas

Gather your friends and use these patriotic decorating, entertaining, and recipe ideas for this year's 4th of July celebration. From festive star banners and refreshing watermelon coolers to raveworthy party favors and more, your 4th of July party is bound to be summer's biggest shindig.

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4th of July Cake Recipes

Headed to a 4th of July potluck? Cakes are a dreamy way to end the day (well, that and fireworks), and our collection of berry-topped cakes, lush chocolate cakes, swirled sprinkle cakes, and layered red velvet cakes are worth their own oohs and aahs.

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Coconut Cream Island Punch

Make our DIY party cocktail -- that includes just a few tasty ingredients -- for an adults-only drink everyone can agree on. Cut-up star fruit provides a gorgeous base inside your drink pitcher.

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Sensational Valentine's Day Cupcake Ideas

Treat your sweetie to a Valentine's Day cupcake that shows your love from the first bite. You'll fall in love with the easy decorating techniques and sweet flavors used to create these delicious gems that are perfect for Valentine's Day.

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    • Love Banner Cupcakes

      Get your "Happy Valentine's Day" message across loud and clear. Print love notes or valentine greetings on decorative paper and cut into narrow strips. Wrap each strip around a toothpick, and glue a tiny wood bead to the tip. Adorn your favorite frosted cupcakes with the sweet, heartfelt messages.

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    • Layers of Love Cupcakes

      For guaranteed valentine goodness, stack the cupcakes in your favor. Sweet filling unites the moist cake layers for a perfect marriage. Simply slice the cupcakes horizontally into thirds and slather your favorite filling between layers. We used creamy vanilla pudding, but fruity jam also works. If vanilla cake is your choice, try a chocolate pudding filling or use lemon curd. Swirl the top of these Valentine's Day cupcakes with your favorite frosting.

    • Gathered Hearts Cupcakes

      Get to the heart of the season with our adorable Valentine's Day desserts. Pink-frosted cupcakes topped with fondant hearts overflow with valentine wishes. To decorate the cupcakes, tint a portion of fondant pink. Roll out to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut hearts from fondant using tiny heart-shape cookie cutters. Repeat with white fondant. Arrange hearts in assorted sizes and colors on frosted cupcakes.

    • Cake Decorating Two Ways: Candy or Fruit?

      Turn your Valentine's Day cupcakes into a beautifully decorated affair! Watch as we show you how to decorate with candy flowers and lemon butterflies.

    • Black-and-White Valentines

      Show your love this Valentine's Day in black and white. Simply bake up a batch of your favorite brownies and cut out with a heart-shape cookie cutter. Drizzle on a little white icing for pretty contrast. The marbled icing on the cupcakes hints at a flavor secret: Each cupcake is half chocolate and half vanilla.

    • Fudge Brownie Surprise Cupcakes

      Every valentine deserves a sweet surprise. Inside these cupcakes hides a special candy treat. Vanilla frosting or whipped cream and a cherry create a just-right topper.

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    • Whoo Loves You Cupcakes

      Wise owls know exactly who loves them, and with these cute toppers, so will everyone on your Valentine's Day list. Use our free pattern to assemble the owls using cardstock, googly eyes, and scrapbooking embellishments.

    • Sweetheart Cupcakes

      Whisper sweet nothings to the ones you love this Valentine's Day with our conversation heart cupcakes. Swirl your favorite cupcakes with creamy frosting and adorn them with a scattering of message-bearing heart-shape candies.

    • Red Velvet Cupcakes

      For an interesting and adorable Valentine's Day treat, wear your heart on a decadent dessert. Red Velvet Cupcakes sport the color of the season. With a heart-shape cookie and a little powdered sugar, they're dressed for a party -- whether it's for two or more.

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      11 Ideas for Decorating a Cake with Candy

      Make your Valentine's Day cupcakes oh-so-adorable with our tips and tricks for decorating with candy. We offer 11 creative ideas for mastering the perfect display.

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      Rose Bouquet Cupcakes

      When nothing but roses will do for your true love, create a cupcake bouquet to give for Valentine's Day. The pretty red petals are so easy to make, you'll have a dozen in no time. The secret ingredient: fruit leather dusted with sugar!

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      Love Letters Cupcakes

      Spell out your desires with a collection of adorable valentine cupcakes. Romantic, charming, or passionate, your message is easily and deliciously delivered. Glaze alphabet cookies with thin icing, then sprinkle them with colored sugar. Perch the sugared letters atop frosted cupcakes, and arrange the cupcakes to send the perfect message.

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      Chocolate-Filled Red Velvet Cupcakes

      Let your love pour out of this truffle-filled Valentine's Day cupcake. Elevate luscious red velvet cake with a fudgy filling that will make your heart melt. A topping of raspberry preserves bathes the cupcakes with the perfect accent.

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      German Chocolate Cupcakes

      As if chocolate weren't enough, this Valentine's Day cupcake stacks the deck. A layer of chocolate-pecan ice cream drips with caramel ice cream topping. Toss on toasted coconut and more pecans for a truly decadent topping. It's the perfect dessert to satisfy your sweetheart's sweet tooth.

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      Cherry Baby Cakes

      These cupcakes may be bite-size, but the cherry on top makes them live large. Mini vanilla cakes filled with cherry marmalade send a loving Valentine's Day message no one can miss.

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      Love Note Cupcakes

      Cupcakes can speak volumes. Start with frosted cupcakes in vanilla, chocolate, or your valentine's favorite flavor. With a piping tip, write a word of love on top of each cupcake in a contrasting color. Keep it simple with "Be Mine," or make it a sonnet if you're inspired.

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      Neapolitan Cupcakes

      Kindle the admiration of those you love this Valentine's Day. Sparks will fly when friends and family bite into vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry -- all in a single cupcake! Even better, the easy pink-and-white frosting starts with ice cream.

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      Red Velvet Raspberry Cupcakes

      Raspberries speak of romance, and these Valentine's Day cupcakes scream delicious, too. A hint of raspberry flavor in the cupcake batter nods to the romance, and cream cheese frosting topped with a fresh berry embraces the fun in rich red velvet taste.

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      Cherry-Almond Vanilla Cupcakes

      Tempt your valentine with a cupcake that looks sweet but harbors a secret. This cupcake entices with a hint of almond and a cherry buried within the cakey goodness.

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      Tied-with-a-Bow Cupcakes

      These sweet Valentine's Day gifts are only finished when you put the bow on top. Vanilla candy coating and dark chocolate are the foundations of these easy-to-shape bows. Sophisticated and sweet, the dark-and-light contrast creates a package you'll be pleased to share with those you love.

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      Spiked Raspberry-Lemonade Cupcakes

      Drink in the tangy goodness of lemon and raspberries. A drizzle of raspberry liqueur spikes the batter for even more Valentine's Day punch. If you prefer, a variation skips the alcohol but none of the flavor.

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      Romantic Dinner Recipes for Two

      Whip up a homemade romantic meal for Valentine's Day with our handpicked recipes for two. We've adjusted the serving sizes for each recipe so you can have just enough to serve a relaxing, at-home meal for two.
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