8 Easy 4th of July Desserts

June 19th, 2019 by Desiree Smith

Bring some red, white and blue to your picnic or cookout with these cool bake (and no-bake!) recipes this Independence Day. From festive cakes to fancy fruit and quick candy touches you can add to store-bought classics, we’ve got ideas for amazing Fourth of July desserts that will put the patriotism in your party.

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.

Red, White and Blue Swirled Cupcakes

One coupler that allows you to pipe three colors at once is perfect for topping simple cupcakes with red, white and blue swirls. Feeling extra festive? Add edible glitter silver stars as a finishing touch.

4th of July Fluted Tube Cake

Elevate a simple bundt cake by tinting the batter and adding a sweet tricolor candy drizzle. Sprinkle nonpareils and jimmies on top or use fresh blue and red fruit.

Summer Berry Mini Trifles

Layers of angel food cake, whipped icing and sweet-tart seasonal blueberries and raspberries combine for a single-serving version of this classic summer sweet.

Firecracker Red, White and Blue Popcorn

Who doesn’t love salty and sweet? Mini marshmallows, colored candy drizzles and plain popcorn combine for a flavor profile that’s better than fireworks.


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.

Patriotic Cupcakes with Tip 100

The perfect project to take on with young helpers, these 8 cupcakes are all decorated in the same 3 colors and use only one kind of tip. That’s the kind of summer math we’re okay with.

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?

Whether you choose to bake or decorate for family at home or an outdoor barbeque this Independence Day, our tricolor treats will make for sparkling smiles to go along with your star and stripes. Tell us all about your patriotic plates below, or take a photo and tag us on Instagram @WiltonCakes.

Desiree Smith Desiree is the Public Relations Manager at Wilton. She spends her days monitoring media opportunities, working with newspaper, magazine and television contacts, collaborating with bloggers and handling a variety of other odds and ends. Desiree has a degree in journalism and experience writing for newspapers and television. Outside of Wilton, she enjoys running and planning outings with friends.

4 Replies

  1. Floranet says:

    Your work seems to be great. Continue the great effort!!

  2. Mary says:

    Did a Wilton Course at Michael’s years ago. No longer have the time to bake. I do enjoy the review. Hoping to get back to it in the near future.

  3. Leeza McCormick says:

    Me and my friend travel to Naperville, Illinois to your Wilton Outlet store in June. We are hobby bakers, we got great fines & prices. We are from North Olmsted, Ohio, we will definitely be back & to remember to get in line early for the 20% coupon that we didn’t know about. On our first day, we purchased a lot but somethings were missing so before we headed home we went on Tuesday and got some more items. Thanks

  4. Jason says:

    Lots of cool ideas. I particularly liked the mini trifles. That’s a great summer dessert and the smaller servings make it much more visually pleasing (not to mention easier to serve!). Those large trifle serving bowels look great until you actually start scooping out and serving the dessert. So these mini versions are much easier to use. Great idea!

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