21 Fourth of July Cake Recipes That Will Steal the Show
Few other patriotic recipes fly as high as this stunning flag cake. Start with any-flavor boxed cake mix for this semihomemade treat, then bust out your inner artist and dress up the 4th of July cake with cream cheese frosting and fresh summer berries.
Editor's Tip: No special tools are required to score that sharp white stripe. Simply toss half of the raspberries with powdered sugar in a zip-top bag then alternate with rows of red berries.
Swirled Fourth of July Bundt Cake
Striped Red Velvet Cake
Fireworks Cake Roll
Get on a roll with this vanilla 4th of July cake that’s speckled with colored sprinkles on the inside and vibrant fireworks shapes on the outside. The pyrotechnics are easy to achieve: Pipe the red and blue stars onto a baking sheet and bake separately for a couple of minutes. Then layer on the white cake batter and continue baking until cooked through.
Fourth of July Trifle
Strawberry Shortcake on a Stick
Strawberries are often at peak season around Independence Day. Make serving them a breeze by stacking all of the fixings for strawberry shortcake—biscuits, strawberries, and whipped cream—on a stick. Think of this as a sneak peek of the state fair food creations to come later in the summer.
Blueberry Lemonade Poke Cake
Summertime's favorite beverage gets a makeover in a deliciously fruity cake. Yielding 24 servings, this July Fourth cake is perfect for a holiday potluck or big family gathering.
Editor's Tip: Top the finished dessert with fresh raspberries to make a festive red, white, and blue poke cake.
Sprinkle Stripe Cake
4th of July Cookie Cake
Firecracker Party Cake
At long last—a layer cake that travels well! This fresh take on a 4th of July trifle recipe features red batter spiced with cinnamon oil and layered with cooling mascarpone cheese.
Editor's Tip: For an extra crackle of heat, add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the batter.
Make-It-Mine Ice Cream Cake
Chill out with an ice cream and cake combo to cap off your 4th of July menu. Adapt it to your flavor preferences with any blend of batters, ice cream, and sprinkle toppings.
Editor's Tip: Prepare the layers up to a month in advance and freeze until it’s time to assemble, slice, and serve.
One-Bowl Chocolate S'mores Cake
Summer tastes like s’mores. With this 4th of July cake recipe, you'll get your chocolate, graham cracker, and marshmallow fix. And, because no one wants to spend their holiday in the kitchen, this recipe makes cleanup a breeze by using just one bowl to mix up the entire chocolate s'more cake.
Peaches and Cream Prosecco Cake
Fourth of July Cherry-Cola Cake
Forget the straw: This 4th of July dump cake is best served with a fork. Bake a German chocolate cake mix with fizzy cherry cola in place of other liquids for a sweet, bubbly twist. Once you've cooled the cake to room temperature, spread it with the fittingly named Celebration Icing that adds a swirl of cherry jam and a dash of vanilla.
Vanilla Cake with Buttercream, Berries, and Jam
Stacked high for the 4th of July, this berry-and-buttercream cake satisfies on both fronts: looks and taste. Whipped egg whites make the vanilla batter surprisingly light and fluffy. And even though it serves 12, don't expect to have leftovers of this delicious red, white, and blue dessert.
Raspberry and Cream Cheesecake
Summer is the time for berries and cream. This no-crust cheesecake recipe gets its lush texture from cream cheese, and raspberries pressed into the batter give a juicy burst to every bite.
Editor's Tip: Sift powdered sugar on top of your baked cheesecake for extra sweetness and a showy appearance.
Angel Food Cake with Lemon Cream and Berries
Red Velvet Cake
Red velvet cake is already dressed up in a key color of the holiday. Stack it with layers of buttercream frosting, and you're a few blueberries away from the favorite patriotic color scheme. If you’re feeling crunched for time around your outdoor 4th of July party, this is the dessert for you: It can be made up to three days ahead.