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Whether you’re hoping to serve something patriotic or a cold dessert, this round up has all the best 4th of July Desserts!

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Our Favorite Fourth of July Desserts

There isn’t a more American dessert than a slice of classic Apple Pie Recipe with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream. With that said, there are so many other delicious desserts you can serve on the 4th of July to celebrate American Independence.

Enjoy the fireworks and fun with a little something sweet! Any of our 4th of July desserts are sure to hit the spot.

Why we love them:

  • Patriotic touch. The red, white, and blue theme of the desserts adds a festive and patriotic element to your Fourth of July celebration!
  • Seasonal produce. Many of the recipes feature fresh summer fruits, allowing people to enjoy the flavors of the summer season.
  • Crowd-pleasing. From classic apple pie to colorful Fruit Tarts, these July dessert recipes are sure to add to the joy of the celebration.
Slice of Patriotic Poke cake on a white plate.

Tips for Fourth of July Desserts

  • How much to make. Make enough for each guest to be able to have 1-2 servings of dessert. Also, plan to have at least 2 dessert choices for every 10 guests.
    • Once you start adding dessert choices you will only need to make sure there’s enough for people to have two dessert servings and not a piece of each dessert.
  • Keeping desserts cold when outside. Place desserts in a cooler with ice, or a block of dry ice until you’re ready to serve it.
    • Only bring out/serve what you will eat and keep the rest in a cooler until needed.
    • When placing the dessert out on a table, fill a tray/bowl with ice cubes and nestle the dessert right on top.
4th of July cookies stacked on a white plate.

Make it Festive

Though there is a list of patriotic-colored desserts, you can easily serve other desserts on or in a patriotic-themed dish to make them more festive.

  • Frosting. Food coloring can make frosting and other white-based desserts 4th of July themed.
  • Fruit. Red, white, and blue fruits provide the colors of American Independence. I often see fresh berries arranged in the shape of an American flag on top of cakes, pies, cheesecakes, or a simple Fruit Salad Recipe.
    • Red. strawberry, raspberry, red grapes, or cherries
    • White. white melon, golden honeydew, banana, sliced apple, sliced pear, or white peaches
    • Blue. Blueberries, blackberries, or dark purple grapes

Best 4th of July Desserts

Whether it’s a chilled dessert for a hot summer day or a classic American treat, there is a wide variety of options to suit different tastes and occasions.

1 4th of July Poke Cake Recipe

Dessert 4th of July Poke Cake Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 50 minutes
5 from 31 votes
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2 Dirt Cake Recipe

Dessert Dirt Cake Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

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4.99 from 177 votes
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3 Cream Puff Cake Recipe

Dessert Cream Puff Cake Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

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4.99 from 153 votes
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4 Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Dessert Strawberry Shortcake Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

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5 from 97 votes
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5 Fruit Pizza

Dessert Fruit Pizza
Total Time: 30 minutes

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5 from 22 votes
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6 Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Dessert Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
Total Time: 4 hours 45 minutes

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5 from 12 votes
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7 Chocolate Lasagna

Dessert Chocolate Lasagna
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

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5 from 6 votes
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8 Oreo Ice Cream Cake Recipe

Dessert Oreo Ice Cream Cake Recipe
Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes

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5 from 244 votes
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9 Banana Pudding Cake Recipe

Dessert Banana Pudding Cake Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

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4.99 from 89 votes
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10 Berry Pie

Dessert Berry Pie
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
4.96 from 68 votes
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Patriotic Desserts

Bring the stars and stripes or red, white, and blue flair with our favorite patriotic desserts! Make a patriotic Fruit Pizza with a sugar cookie crust or any of these tempting treats.

11 4th of July Poke Cake Recipe

Dessert 4th of July Poke Cake Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 50 minutes
5 from 31 votes
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12 Red White and Blue Cake

Dessert Red White and Blue Cake
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 15 votes
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13 American Flag Cake

Dessert American Flag Cake
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

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5 from 11 votes
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14 4th of July Rice Krispies Treats

Dessert 4th of July Rice Krispies Treats
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 16 votes
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15 4th of July Cookies

Dessert 4th of July Cookies
Total Time: 17 minutes
5 from 16 votes
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16 Dessert Parfait Recipe

Dessert Dessert Parfait Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 18 votes
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17 Dessert Kabobs Recipe

Dessert Dessert Kabobs Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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18 Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs Recipe

Dessert Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 15 votes
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19 Patriotic Trail Mix Recipe

Dessert Patriotic Trail Mix Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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20 Strawberry Icebox Cake Recipe

Dessert Strawberry Icebox Cake Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 16 votes
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21 Angel Food Cupcake Recipe

Dessert Angel Food Cupcake Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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22 Fruit Tart Recipe

Dessert Fruit Tart Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes

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5 from 27 votes
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23 Mini Fruit Tarts Recipe

Dessert Mini Fruit Tarts Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 13 votes
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24 Angel Food Cake Recipe

Dessert Angel Food Cake Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes

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5 from 14 votes
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25 Strawberry Sheet Cake Recipe

Dessert Strawberry Sheet Cake Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

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4.95 from 119 votes
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Easy 4th of July desserts

Tasty doesn’t mean difficult. We have a variety of easy dessert recipes that are simple and delicious!

26 Peach Cobbler

Dessert Peach Cobbler
Total Time: 35 minutes

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4.99 from 962 votes
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27 Ice Cream Sandwich Cake Recipe

Dessert Ice Cream Sandwich Cake Recipe
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
5 from 67 votes
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28 No Bake Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

slice of strawberry shortcake lasagna on white plate
Dessert No Bake Strawberry Shortcake Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
5 from 11 votes

29 Peach Dump Cake Recipe

Dessert Peach Dump Cake Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes

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4.98 from 487 votes
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30 Blueberry Dump Cake Recipe

Dessert Blueberry Dump Cake Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

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5 from 17 votes
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31 Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding Recipe

Dessert Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

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4.94 from 81 votes
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32 Easy Tres Leches Cake Recipe

Dessert Easy Tres Leches Cake Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 45 minutes
5 from 24 votes
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33 Cherry Dump Cake Recipe

Dessert Cherry Dump Cake Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

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5 from 4 votes
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34 Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake Recipe

Dessert Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

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5 from 86 votes
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35 No-Bake Cheesecake Bars Recipe

Dessert No-Bake Cheesecake Bars Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 25 minutes
4.86 from 14 votes
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36 Chocolate Sheet Cake

Dessert Chocolate Sheet Cake
Total Time: 35 minutes

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5 from 38 votes
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37 Frozen Strawberry Dessert Recipe

Dessert Frozen Strawberry Dessert Recipe
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
5 from 15 votes
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38 Dole Whip Recipe

Drinks Dole Whip Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

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5 from 34 votes
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39 Blackberry Cobbler Recipe

Dessert Blackberry Cobbler Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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40 Frozen Peanut Butter Pie Recipe

Dessert Frozen Peanut Butter Pie Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 28 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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41 Butterfinger Pie

Dessert Butterfinger Pie
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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42 Lemon Icebox Pie Recipe

Dessert Lemon Icebox Pie Recipe
Total Time: 6 hours 50 minutes

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5 from 25 votes
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43 Angel Food Ice Cream Cake Recipe

Dessert Angel Food Ice Cream Cake Recipe
Total Time: 9 hours 15 minutes

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5 from 16 votes
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44 Chocolate Delight Recipe

Dessert Chocolate Delight Recipe
Total Time: 54 minutes

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4.98 from 44 votes
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45 Oreo Pie Recipe

Dessert Oreo Pie Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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46 Strawberry Shortcake Trifle Recipe

Dessert Strawberry Shortcake Trifle Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes

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5 from 68 votes
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More Fourth of July Desserts

Whip up a layered jello Pretzel Salad or keep it simple with a banana split covered in Hot Fudge Sauce. We love sweets so much the list goes on!

47 Root Beer Float Ice Cream Cake Recipe

Dessert Root Beer Float Ice Cream Cake Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
4.34 from 3 votes
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48 Strawberry Pie Recipe

Dessert Strawberry Pie Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes

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4.82 from 11 votes
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49 Apple Pie Recipe

Dessert Apple Pie Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 45 minutes

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4.99 from 81 votes
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50 Cherry Pie Recipe

Dessert Cherry Pie Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
5 from 16 votes
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51 Lemon Lasagna Recipe

Dessert Lemon Lasagna Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

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4.97 from 158 votes
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52 Blueberry Delight Recipe

Dessert Blueberry Delight Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 16 votes
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53 Strawberry Shortcake Bars Recipe

Dessert Strawberry Shortcake Bars Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes

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4.98 from 70 votes
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54 Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe

Dessert Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes

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5 from 3 votes
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55 Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe

Dessert Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes

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4.94 from 96 votes
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56 Lemon Sheet Cake Recipe

Dessert Lemon Sheet Cake Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

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4.87 from 60 votes
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57 Cherry Bars Recipe

Dessert Cherry Bars Recipe
Total Time: 43 minutes

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4.98 from 46 votes
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58 Sugar Cookie Bars

Dessert Sugar Cookie Bars
Total Time: 35 minutes

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4.90 from 28 votes
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59 Cheesecake Cupcakes Recipe

Dessert Cheesecake Cupcakes Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

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4.97 from 55 votes
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60 Blueberry Pie Recipe

Dessert Blueberry Pie Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

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5 from 6 votes
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61 Lemon Cake Mix Cookies Recipe

Dessert Lemon Cake Mix Cookies Recipe
Total Time: 47 minutes

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4.96 from 72 votes
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62 Key Lime Pie Bars Recipe

Dessert Key Lime Pie Bars Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 40 minutes
5 from 49 votes
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63 Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes Recipe

Dessert Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

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5 from 51 votes
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64 Strawberry Cake Recipe

Dessert Strawberry Cake Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes

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4.93 from 27 votes
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65 Lemon Bar Recipe

Dessert Lemon Bar Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes

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4.99 from 141 votes
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66 Key Lime Cake Recipe

Super easy key lime cake is bursting with fresh lime flavor and topped with whipped cream. It's a delicious summer cake recipe, and if you love key lime pie - then definitely give this recipe a try. 
Dessert Key Lime Cake Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
5 from 44 votes
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67 Fresh Peach Cobbler Recipe

Dessert Fresh Peach Cobbler Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes

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4.91 from 10 votes
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68 Orange Brownie Recipe

Dessert Orange Brownie Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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69 Peach Bars Recipe

Dessert Peach Bars Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes
4.92 from 23 votes
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70 White Chocolate Lasagna Recipe

Dessert White Chocolate Lasagna Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes

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4.92 from 49 votes
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71 Angel Food Cupcake Recipe

Dessert Angel Food Cupcake Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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72 Sheet Cake Bites Recipe

Dessert Sheet Cake Bites Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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A Festive Dessert!

Cool, light, and refreshing 4th of July Poke Cake is great for summer holidays! It’s simple, festive and delicious!

Because we love Jello Poke Cake so much, we knew we wanted to make a patriotic version for some of our favorite holidays.

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70+ 4th of July Desserts

By: Lil’ Luna
Whether you're hoping to serve something patriotic or a cold dessert, this round up has all the best 4th of July Desserts!
Servings: 9
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 27 minutes
Chill: 3 hours 15 minutes
Total: 3 hours 57 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 box White Cake Mix, plus ingredients on the back of the box
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (3-ounce) box Cherry Jell-O
  • 1 (3-ounce) box Berry Blue Jell-O
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups water, cold
  • 1 tub cool whip, large
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Instructions 

  • Prepare box cake mix batter as directed on box. Pour into greased 9-inch round pans. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake 27-30 minutes, remove from oven and let cook for 15 minutes.
  • Using the end of a fork, poke cake every ½ inch, over both cake rounds.
  • Bring to boil 1 cup of water in small pot. Pour cherry Jell-o in water, stir until Jell-o is dissolved. Add 1 cup cold water, and mix well. Spoon liquid over cake
    Chill for 3-4 hours.
  • Repeat process with the berry blue Jell-O.
    Bring to boil 1 cup of water in small pot. Pour blue Jell-o in water, stir until Jell-o is dissolved. Add 1 cup cold water, and mix well. Spoon liquid over cake
    Chill for 3-4 hours.
  • Remove cakes from refrigerator. To get the cake out, turn pans over, then place on cake stand. Place blue layer down first, spread with whip cream, then place red cake on top, and top with cool whip. Chill until set.
    Optional- top with red and blue sprinkles.

Nutrition

Calories: 342kcal, Carbohydrates: 70g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 511mg, Potassium: 62mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 46g, Vitamin A: 19IU, Calcium: 148mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Delicious Desserts for the 4th!

We hope you’ll love this list of delicious desserts for the 4th of July as much as we do and they are sure to make your holiday get-together extra special!

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  1. Beth says:

    Hi Kristyn!
    First of all, love all of your recipes!
    I was looking for some 4th of July dessert images to use for a fb post and came across one that appears to be an Angel food cake, sliced into 3 layers with whipped cream and berries. It lead me to this vault of glorious desserts, yet it isn’t on the list of 50+ desserts. Is it literally just your Angel food cake recipe listed, but prepared/decorated differently? Thanks in advance!

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      I think it may be! We have been updating a lot of our posts, so it could have been an old photo of the recipe and when we reshot the recipe, we updated it with new photos.