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!

red white and blue berry mini triffles

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?

10. Red, White and Blue Ice Pop Cake

Celebrate the 4th of July with this bomb-tastic Red, White and Blue Ice Pop Cake. Using the simple star piping technique, this cake is decorated with everyone’s favorite patriotic ice pop and features red, white and blue cake layers and buttercream swirls.

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.

13. Margarita Cupcakes

t’s 5 o’clock somewhere, and what better way to celebrate than with these delicious margarita cupcakes? Made using margarita mix and seasoned with lime zest, these bright and citrusy cupcakes are great for any 4th of July or pool party.

margarita cupcakes decorated with pink buttercream frosting and straws

14. Striped Red, White and Blue Cake

Stripes of white cake and red buttercream are revealed when you cut into this Red, White and Blue cake. Festive and patriotic, this striped buttercream cake is perfect for your 4th of July celebration.

15. Cherry Pie with Star Cut-Outs

Sure, there’s nothing more American than apple pie, but have you tried a delicious from-scratch cherry pie on the 4th of July? Great for picnics and BBQs, this Cherry Pie with Star Cut-Outs is a homemade hit that everyone will love!

cherry pie

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.

brownie dessert pie tipped with mixed berries

18. Summer Watermelon Cake

Serve up a fresh slice of summer with this Watermelon Cake. Decorated using sanding sugars and Candy Melts candy, this bright and summery cake is great for birthdays and summer BBQs.

19. Star-Spangled Sweets Cupcakes

Give your Independence Day celebration a pop of color with these cookie-topped cupcakes. With two treats in one, these tasty patriotic treats are a great way to show off your red, white and blue spirit!

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.

23. Angel Food Cupcakes with Fresh Berries and Whipped Cream

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.

angel food cupcakes topped with fresh mixed berries

24. Coconut Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes

Enjoy a taste of island living with these Coconut Pineapple Upside Down Cakes. Flavored with coconut rum, brown sugar and pineapple juice, these summer cupcakes offer a little escape to a tropical paradise!

25. Celebration-Worthy Ice Cream Cone Cakes

Here’s a sweet alternative to cupcakes – ice cream cone cakes! Add a swirl of red, white and blue buttercream and your patriotic treat is complete!

26. Star-Spangled Crisped Rice Cereal Treats

Shower your party with stars with these shaped crispy rice cereal treats. Colored with Wilton Color Mist food color spray, these patriotic stars won’t melt in the heat, so they’re great for bringing on a picnic or serving at an outdoor 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!

28. Spritz Stars and Stripes Cookies

Spritz cookies aren’t just for Christmas – with the Comfort Grip Cookie Press, you can make these cute patriotic-themed cookies, great for bringing to the fireworks show or gifting to guests as a party favor.

29. Fresh Berry Trifle

Great for summer, or any time you want a little something sweet, this Fresh Berry Trifle is a great dessert that everyone will love. Layers of whipped icing, berries and cake come together to create a sweet and light dessert that’s great for any occasion.

30. Pineapple Pull-Apart Cake

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!

31. Easy Blackberry Cobbler

Made with fresh blackberries, cinnamon and lemon zest, this Easy Blackberry Cobbler recipe is a quick dessert perfect for 4th of July. Serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream for the perfect finishing touch.

baked cake donuts with blueberry glaze

32. Baked Blueberry Cake Donuts

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.

33. Show Your Spirit Cookies

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!

Delicious Mini Fruit Tarts

34. Delicious Mini Fruit Tarts

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.

35. Sparkling Star Cookies

These Sparkling Star Cookies are shimmering with glittering gold sugars! Great for a star-spangled 4th of July party, these gold star cookies are quick and easy to make.

Summer Fruit Loaf Cake

36. Summer Fruit Loaf Cake

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.

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36 Fun & Festive 4th of July Dessert Ideas

Nothing tops off an Independence Day party or BBQ quite like the perfect 4th of July dessert! If you’re looking to celebrate with something homemade, our 4th of July dessert ideas have you covered!
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