Whatever you're doing this Fourth of July, it very likely involves delicious food. After cracking open a few beers and cooking dinner on the grill, you'll need a sweet course to truly revel in the holiday spirit. Check out this fine compilation of cakes, and you'll have a red, white and blue dessert to look forward to all weekend.
This beautiful layered cake comes together in a jiffy. Coconut cream is whipped into a light and fluffy topping, berries are soaked in sugar to bring out their sweetness, and the final product really does look like food fit for angels.
This cake may be protected by a fence of white-chocolate-dipped pretzels, but that won't stop you from digging right in once it's finished. You can use your favorite type of cake mix, but make sure you replace the water in the recipe with coffee creamer, which the baker says makes it extra moist.
You don't have to be a pro at icing intricate designs to create a statement-making display. Frost your favorite kind of cupcakes in red, white and blue, and arrange edible sugar stars on the upper left corner to make a fabulous flag.
A challenge for the brave, this cake involves spreading red and blue cake batter in a pan in alternating stripes. Once it's baked and cooled, roll it up and spread it generously with icing made from sweet and sticky marshmallow cream. Your party guests will be delighted to cut into the surprise inside.
Speaking of surprise on the inside, these cake pops are bite-sized bits of unexpected color. Start by forming tiny blue cake balls, then cover them with layers of white and red cake-ball mixes, and dip the pops into candy coating. Don't skimp on the festive sprinkles on top.
This adaptable recipe calls for any cake you like, which means the flavor options are endless. Frost a red velvet, chocolate, lemon, buttermilk or strawberry cake with the icing of your choice, and fleck the whole thing with pieces of sugar sheet. The cake will look like it got covered in confetti during a Fourth of July parade.
Ditch the cake plate and serving knife, and make these easy-to-grab shortcake cups instead. Made with store-bought angel food cake, berries and whipped cream or Cool Whip, they're easy for any last-minute host to throw together.
Enjoy all the cuteness and photo worthiness of ice cream cones -- without dripping pesky dairy product on your hands. In this case, cake cones work as perfect vessels for, well, cake. Fitting indeed.
Crunchy graham crackers turn pleasantly soft when layered with a decadent mixture of whipped cream and cream cheese. The delightfully easy no-bake recipe calls for patriotically colorful berries, but you can add chopped nuts or a chocolate drizzle if you want a little something extra.
Wow any crowd with this eye-catching and vibrant dessert, no food coloring necessary. The cookie cake, plus the bounty of M&M's and sprinkles, will transport you back to your fondest childhood memories.
The best kind of pinatas are those you can actually eat. This red and blue velvet cake has a hole in the center, filled with an overflowing pile of M&M's, Sno-Caps and white chocolate chips for an avalanche of sugary goodness.
Cake meets pie in this sweet yet refreshing Funfetti treat, saturated with blueberry and strawberry pie fillings and finished with a thick layer of Cool Whip.
Ina Garten gives her sponge cake an extra element of moisture and tang with sour cream. The goddess then carefully places fresh berries and pipes cream cheese frosting into an effortlessly beautiful American flag. If that doesn't make you proud to be an American, I don't know what will.