I love to make memorable desserts for special occasions! In my corner of the world, the next big event is America’s birthday on July 4.
To get ready, I’ve gathered lots of star-spangled 4th of July desserts from IBC. In this collection, you’ll find cakes, pies, cookies, and several other delicious goodies that are in a category all their own. Once you’ve decided which ones to create for your celebration, the difficult part will be stopping yourself from going back for a second helping!
Looking for appetizers and sides for your Independence days festivities? Check out this post here.
Star-Spangled 4th of July Desserts
Red, White and Blue Trifle – Layers of red velvet cake, strawberries, blueberries, and Cool Whip give this decadent dessert the colors of the holiday. At my family’s request, I make this beautiful trifle every year for the Independence Day party that my dad hosts.
Mixed Berry Shortcakes – Not serving a crowd, but still want a beautiful and festive trifle? These Mixed Berry Shortcakes are the perfect solution. Served in tall mason jars they are as pretty as they are delicious. These are always a crowd favorite.
Red Velvet Cupcakes – These cupcakes are patriotic in every way. The cake is red (of course!), and the crème cheese frosting is white. I also serve the cupcakes in red, blue, and silver liners and decorate them with Americana-themed sugar candies.
Cream Puff Cake – This spectacular 4th of July dessert is like a cream puff in cake form. The cake part is similar to a Pennsylvania Dutch pancake. And the filling combines vanilla pudding and cream cheese. It’s all topped with Cool Whip. Yummy!
Ritz Cracker and Mixed Berry Icebox Cake – I love this old-fashioned summer treat because it’s the best of all worlds – sweet and salty as well as crispy and creamy. To make it, you need a little patience, plus Ritz Crackers, whipped cream, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and mixed-berry jam.
Blueberry Cream Pie – A slice of this pie is like a sweet taste of summer! The graham cracker crust has coconut in it, and the filling is a creamy custard. All that goodness is topped with a filling made from fresh blueberries.
Double Cherry Pie – This 4th of July dessert gets its name from the lovely filling, which is a mixture of frozen cherries and dried cherries. Serve it with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream. It may just become a new holiday tradition at your house!
More Festive 4th of July Desserts
Berry Cup Pies – In case you’re wondering, a cup pie is a pie in cupcake form. Cup pies are cute and easy to assemble. I used sweetened berries in these and created a variety of toppers – a plain crust sprinkled with sugar, an interesting lattice crust, and an irresistible crumble.
Cherry Supreme – Prepared in small Mason jars, this classic cherry cheesecake is easy to pack up and take to your 4th of July picnic. The individual servings are a perfect size. No need to feel guilty about enjoying this treat or having seconds.
Cheesecake Dip with Strawberries – When you’re pressed for time, try this delightful, “deconstructed” strawberry cheesecake. Just serve fresh whole strawberries with cheesecake dip and graham cracker crumbs. Your guests will enjoy the unique presentation.
Strawberry Jell-O Pretzel Salad – The contrasting flavors and textures of strawberry gelatin and pretzels are probably one of the reasons this dish has never gone out of style. It’s also easy to transport to any 4th of July get-together. There’s never a wrong time to introduce it to new generations.
Strawberry Cheerio Treat Bars – Cereal bars don’t require a lot of ingredients, and the preparation is simple, so they are a great 4th of July dessert. These Cheerio bars are colorful and loaded with strawberry goodness. Adults and kids love them! (You can also find the original chocolate and peanut butter recipe that inspired this strawberry variety here.)
No matter where you live or how you spend July 4, one of these star-spangled desserts will definitely make your day a little sweeter.
Happy Baking to everyone and Happy Independence Day to those who celebrate!