4th of July Cake Recipes

Our 4th of July cakes are perfect for any holiday potluck, picnic, or gathering. 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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    Flag Cake

    No other patriotic desserts measure up to this stunning flag cake. A plain vanilla cake gets dressed up with cream cheese frosting and an assortment of fresh fruit for an easy Fourth of July treat. 

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    One-Bowl Chocolate S'more Cake

    No one wants to spend their holiday in the kitchen. Make cleanup a breeze by dirtying only one bowl with this chocolate s'more cake. 

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    Strawberry Shortcake on a Stick

    Strawberry shortcake is a 4th of July favorite. Make serving a breeze by stacking all of your shortcake favorites—biscuits, strawberries, and whipped cream—on a stick!

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    Blueberry Lemonade Poke Cake

    Summertime's favorite beverage gets made into a deliciously fruity cake. Yielding 24 servings, this July Fourth cake is perfect for a potluck or big family gathering. 

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    Peaches & Cream Prosecco Cake

    Savor the sweet, juicy peaches of summer with this delightful July 4th cake. Layers of prosecco cake, fresh peach filling, and whipped cream frosting make for a light, sophisticated treat. 

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    Fourth of July Cherry-Cola Cake

    Forget the straw: On July 4th, cherry cola is best served with a fork. Bake a German chocolate cake with the fizzy soda in place of other liquids for a sweet, bubbly take on the holiday.

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    Berry Flag Tart

    Fourth of July desserts don't get much more patriotic than this cute tart. Salute the flag with raspberries, blueberries, and some cleverly placed dough. It's a grand-ole cake for sure.

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    Firecracker Party Cake

    A layer cake that travels well! This fresh take on a 4th of July trifle features red cake spiced up with cinnamon oil and layered with cooling mascarpone cheese.

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    Vanilla Cake with Buttercream, Berries, and Jam

    Stacked high for the 4th of July, this berry-and-buttercream cake satisfies on both fronts: look and taste. And even though it serves 12, don't expect to have leftovers of this delicious red, white, and blue treat.

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    Lemonade Cake

    Summer's favorite sipper, now in 4th of July cake form! Frozen lemonade concentrate boosts the batter; thin lemon slices entice as a topper.

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    Key Lime Pie Cupcakes

    Fourth of July cupcakes don't get any sweeter than these key lime cuties. Each cake is filled with tart lime filling, then topped with a luscious key lime buttercream. 

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    Polka-Dot Cake

    You pick the cake (even a boxed mix cake will work); we'll help you decorate. Fondant icing cut into circles makes a festive finish that's easier than you think.

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    Striped Red Velvet Cake

    Layers of red velvet are separated by a four-ingredient whipped cream cheese frosting in this easy patriotic dessert. Striped cake, we salute you.

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    Raspberry and Cream Cheese Cake

    This no-crust cheesecake gets its lush texture from cream cheese. Pressed into the batter are raspberries, giving a juicy burst to every bite. Consider sifting powdered sugar on top of your baked cheesecake for extra sweetness.

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    Chocolate Sour Cream Cake with Fudgy Frosting

    Chocoholics, rejoice! A cocoa-heavy batter sweetens up with melted chocolate while chocolate pieces flavor the frosting in this popular cake recipe.

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    Rainbow Pinwheel Cake

    This cake reminds us of a firecracker! Exploding with swirls of color, the inside is as cheerful as the outside thanks to layered, colored batters.

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    Angel Food Cake with Lemon Cream and Berries

    The 15-minute prep time makes this tart-sweet cake a great last-minute party option. Lemon yogurt mixed with instant vanilla pudding provides the creamy kick in this easy patriotic dessert.

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    Sherry-Almond Cake

    Raspberry preserves hide in the layers of this lush 4th of July cake. There's sherry in the batter and the whipped cream frosting, so keep this one on the adults' table.

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    Red Velvet Cake

    Red velvet cake is already wearing the key color of the holiday. Stack it with layers of buttercream frosting, and you're a blueberry away from the Fourth's favorite color scheme. Bonus: This cake can be made up to three days ahead.

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    Sour Cream Pound Cake

    Simple and sophisticated, pound cake offers a nice break from the over-sweetness of a July Fourth feast. Pair our sour-cream cake with fresh berries in the holiday hues.

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    Margarita Cupcakes

    You don't need to be on a beach to enjoy these spiked Fourth of July cupcakes. You'll find all the flavors of a classic margarita wrapped up in one little cake. 

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    Opera Cake

    Salute the music of the 4th of July—think the "Star-Spangled Banner"—with an almond sponge cake featuring coffee buttercream and chocolate ganache.

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    Fruit-Topped Cheesecake

    We offer five cheesecake versions in this single recipe. The best for the 4th of July? Fruit-Topped Cheesecake, with its orange-marmalade glaze and pile of raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries.

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    Red Velvet Cake Roll

    Pretty swirls of red reveal themselves as you slice into this cake roll. Never made a cake roll before? It's easy with a clean kitchen towel (see Step 4 of the recipe for help).

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