4th of July Cakes

Wave a Sweet Flag

4th of July cakes are all about flags and fireworks. After all, that is the heart of the 4th of July experience. And the good news is, whether you make your own from scratch or buy and embellish, it's the final fun result that counts. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!

For still more red, white, and blue sweet ideas, don't forget to check out our 4th of July desserts and 4th of July cupcakes. We've got you covered for the rest of the meal too. Just hop on over to our 4th of July Food page for the best barbecue and iced tea around.

Flag Cake (easiest ever)

sheet cake decorated like a flag

Most people go to great lengths to make their flag cakes from scratch. Me, not so much. I'm more of a decorator in this department.

  • 1/4 or 1/2 sheet cake, white cake with white icing
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  1. Add blueberries in the top left corner.
  2. Add sliced strawberries in rows to resemble the stripes of a flag. Instant flag and the longest part of the job is slicing the strawberries!

13-Star Strawberry Shortcake

slice of strawberry shortcake

Betsy Ross created the first 13-star flag. You're going to create the second with this patriotic 4th of July cake.

  • Whipped cream
  • Blue food coloring
  • Shortcake
  • 13 whole strawberries
  1. Mix 1/2 of your batch of whipped cream with blue food coloring.
  2. On a large round shortcake (purchased or one you've made), cover the sides with white whipped cream.
  3. Cover the top of the cake with the blue whipped cream, being careful to leave the sides white.
  4. Add 13 strawberries on top of the blue icing in a ring 1" in from the edge. Betsy's got nothin' on you.

Firework Angel Food Cake

The bundt cake returns! It can't really ever disappear, not with that great hole in the middle that's just perfect to put things in. Once you've picked up your cake, select a cup that fits nicely in the middle and you're already halfway there.

  • Angel food bundt cake
  • White glaze
  • Blue food coloring
  • Red food coloring
  • Red melba sauce (see below)
  • Blueberries
  1. Make or buy an angel food bundt cake.
  2. Split the white glaze in half. Add blue food coloring to one batch and red food coloring to the other.
  3. Dribble both glazes on the cake, alternating colors on top and down the sides—these are your fireworks.
  4. Place a cup in the cake's center hole and fill it with red melba sauce.
  5. Sprinkle blueberries around the base of the cake.
  6. Plate each slice with a ring of melba sauce surrounding the cake and a few blueberries.
  • 2 cups raspberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  1. Combine sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Stir in raspberries.
  2. Heat mixture to a boil.
  3. Cook until thickened, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Star Angel Food Cake

This 4th of July cake makes quite an impression. Shh, it's really easy to construct though.

  • Angel food bundt cake
  • White glaze
  • Blue food coloring
  • White fondant
  1. Make or buy an angel food bundt cake.
  2. Add blue food coloring to the entire batch of white glaze.
  3. Glaze the top of the cake, letting the icing drip down the sides.
  4. Roll out the white fondant.
  5. Using the smallest star cookie-cutter you can find (a 1" works perfectly), cut out 50 white stars.
  6. Place the stars on top of the cake. Also place a few on the sides as if dripping down like the fondant.
  7. Serve the cake slices on red plates for maximum effectiveness.

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