Nothing tops off an Independence Day party or BBQ quite like the perfect 4th of July dessert! Whether you’re looking to impress with a red, white and blue dessert or just want to celebrate with something refreshing and homemade, our 4th of July dessert ideas have you covered!
1. 4th of July Fluted Tube Cake
When the fireworks start going off at the twilight’s last gleaming, bust out this celebratory fluted tube cake for your guests to snack on while they watch! Use your favorite cake recipe and decorate with the Color Right Food Coloring System to get the perfect shades of red, white and blue and end your party with a bang.
2. Red, White & Blue Cupcakes
Show your colors with these impressively decorated cupcakes! Use the Color Swirl 3-Color Coupler to achieve the perfect swirl, creating a dessert as thrilling to behold as it is delicious to eat!
3. Firecracker Popcorn
Combine the salty flavor profile of popcorn with the sweetness of marshmallow and candy drizzle to get this crowd-pleasing treat. Perfect for picnics and parties, this dessert can be served individually or in a big serving bowl for guests to grab and go!
4. Red, White & Blue Mini Truffles
If you’re looking for something as refreshing as it is delicious for a summer BBQ treat, try your hand at these Summer Mini Berry Trifles. These cupped desserts have something for everyone who’s celebrating the land of the free – soft and moist angel food cake, creamy whipped icing, and layers of fresh fruit for a bit of tartness.
5. Americana Sheet Cake
If you want your 4th of July BBQ to have a wow factor – without the fireworks – impress your guests with this sheet cake decorated with a star and (wavy) stripes. Use Tip 150 to easily create the zig-zag stripes, for a stunning design that evokes the American flag, without making it an actual American flag cake. It’s a dessert that guests will talk about from sea to shining sea!
6. Patriotic Cupcakes
As the founding fathers once said, you can never have enough cupcakes! Use tip 100 to mix and match colors and patterns for a dazzling display of desserts that would make our forefathers proud.
7. Dipped Ice Cream Cones
This no-bake idea is an easy way to make a classic cool summer treat even more special. They might scream for ice cream, but they’ll definitely squeal for sprinkles.
8. Seaside Royal Icing Cookies
Cookies iced in blue and white royal icing make a lovely background for classy red apple blossom. Worried about your piping skills? A simple rosette with a star tip is easy, and just as lovely.
9. Inspired Independence Cake
Celebrate America’s birthday with a cake that uses red, white and blue shells to mimic the shape of fireworks bursting in air. How great would this look topped with sparkling candles?
11. Angel Food Cake with Berries and Whipped Cream
Light and refreshing, this 4th of July cake is great for a sweet treat that won’t weigh you down. A dozen egg whites transform this cake into a light and airy treat best served with whipped cream and fresh blueberries and strawberries.
12. Chocolate Cookie Bowls
Serve ice cream, fruit or homemade pudding in these cute cookie bowls. Decorated with a rim of melted chocolate and topped with colorful sprinkles, this edible cookie bowl is a great way to serve something cool on a hot summer night! Add some red, white and blue sprinkles to give these bowls a more patriotic look for Independence Day.
16. Americana Starburst Cookies
These 4th of July treats are great for serving or packaging as fun party favors for your guests. Decorated with fondant and royal icing, these patriotic cookies are bursting with summer fun!
17. Brownie Dessert Pizza
Feel better about eating a slice (or two!) of this Brownie Dessert Pizza by topping it with fresh strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. A crowd-pleasing dessert perfect for 4th of July, this dessert pizza is sure to be loved by kids and adults alike.
20. Jumbo Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies
Everyone knows cookies make the best ice cream sandwiches. With this Jumbo Ice Cream Sandwich Cookie recipe, you can bust out your ice cream maker and make your own delicious cookies to create the ultimate warm weather treat. For a quicker option, use store-bought cookies and ice cream (we won’t tell!).
21. Easy Lemon Meringue Pie
It’s sweet, it’s tart, it tastes just like summer! Celebrate any hot, hazy day with this deliciously refreshing Lemon Meringue Pie. Featuring a perfectly flaky pie crust, fresh lemon curd and creamy meringue, this is the perfect dessert for 4th of July BBQs and parties.
22. Elegant Blue Marbled Cake Pops
Swirl cake pops with Candy Melts candy to create this fun elegant, marbled effect. Great for serving at a 4th of July party or packaging and gifting as party favors, these little cake bites are just as fun to eat as they are easy to make.
If you don’t have an angel food cake pan, you can still enjoy the flavors and texture of Angel Food Cake with this angel food cupcake recipe. Topped with homemade whipped cream and fresh berries, these summer cupcakes are perfect for your patriotic party.
27. Slice of Watermelon Cookies
Real watermelon can be messy to eat, but these Slice of Watermelon Cookies are mess-free! Decorated with buttercream icing and sparkling sugars, these cookies are bright and fun, great for any summer party!
No need to cut this cake! Made using a bunch of cupcakes, this pull-apart cake is great for summer parties or nights in with friends. Simply arrange your cupcakes in a pineapple shape, then ice them all to make a summery sweet pineapple. When it’s time for dessert, just grab a cupcake and enjoy!
Put all those frozen blueberries to use with this delicious blueberry donut recipe. Topped with a glaze made from pureed blueberries and confectioners’ sugar, these donuts are great for both dessert and breakfast! For a red, white and blue option, pair these with a few Baked Raspberry Cake Donuts.
Show your support of America, or your favorite sports team, with these Show Your Spirit Cookies. Swirls of red, white and blue buttercream are piped using the Color Swirl Coupler and a star tip. Use this project to decorate homemade cookies or, for a quicker option, use store-bought cookies instead!
When it comes to summer desserts, fruit is the perfect ingredient. Small enough to eat in one bite, these Mini Fruit Tarts are a great way to highlight your favorite summer flavors. Try berries for something quick and easy, or create your own favorite fruit combinations, like blueberry and orange.
Topped with fresh raspberries, blueberries, lemons and red currants, this Summer Fruit Loaf Cake recipe is the perfect sweet treat to any picnic or warm weather celebration. Layers of tasty vanilla cake are topped with a simple powdered sugar glaze, giving this vanilla loaf cake recipe a rustic look that is sure to impress.