40+ Fourth of July Cake Ideas For a Party Finale Better Than Fireworks

Red Velvet Ice-Cream Cake
Photo: Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Three cheers for the red, white and blue! But don't stop the festivities there. After all, actions speak louder than words, and what says 'celebration' like a cake? This Fourth of July, show your patriotic spirit with a stunning cake as the centerpiece of your party. After a day of outdoor festivities, complete with snacks, beverages, smoky barbecue, and side dishes galore, a sweet treat will be just what your party guests need to re-fuel for the final fireworks show.

Decorate your entertaining space with patriotic-colored streamers and flowers, but don't stop there. A flag-inspired cake can be fun and festive without being difficult. Take a look at some of our favorite red, white, and blue cakes for your Fourth of July party or make one of our favorite cake recipes that uses fresh summer fruit like berries and peaches. Other festive options are inspired by classic summertime memories and flavors like our Sweet Tea Bundt Cake and Toffee S'mores Cheesecake. With over 40 to choose from, these Independence Day cake ideas are the sweetest way to celebrate this holiday.

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Sour Cream Flag Cake

Flag Cake
Southern Living

Recipe: Sour Cream Flag Cake

This pretty and patriotic dessert is a colorful centerpiece for your summer parties. Decorated to mimic an American flag, the presentation isn't even the most charming thing about this cake. The flavor combination of moist sour cream cake, vanilla frosting, and fresh berries can't be beat.

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Red, White, and Blue Poke Cake

Red, White, and Blue Poke Cake
Jennifer Causey

Recipe: Red, White, and Blue Poke Cake

This summery cake recipe is one of our favorite reasons to use a 9x13 pan. Not your average poke cake, this recipe forgoes the typical gelatin or pudding mix filling in favor of two fillings that take advantage of fresh summer berries.

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Berry Chantilly Cake

Berry Chantilly Cake
Photographer: Jennifer Causey Food Stylist: Melissa Gray Prop Stylist: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Recipe: Berry Chantilly Cake

If you're the prized family baker, impress everyone this year with a layered beauty full of fresh berries. Deceptively easy to make, this recipe will be your new secret weapon.

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Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Hector Sanchez; Styling: Karin Olsen

Recipe: Cream Cheese Pound Cake

One of our favorite classic pound cake recipes gets festive for the Fourth with a topping of fresh berries and whipped cream. Baking pound cake with cream cheese will make for rich bites and recipe requests from everyone at the party.

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Plum-Berry Cornmeal Sheet Cake

Plum-Berry Cornmeal Sheet Cake
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Plum-Berry Cornmeal Sheet Cake

Fresh summer produce shines in this easy-to-serve cake. Alongside berries and plums, vanilla cornmeal and freshly whipped cream combine to make a summer treat fit for your party but that's not too sweet.

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Key Lime Icebox Cake

Key Lime Icebox Cake
Photo: Hector M Sanchez; Prop Stylist: Heather Chadduck; Food Stylist: Vanessa Rocchio

Recipe: Key Lime Icebox Cake

Icebox cakes are a hallmark of Southern summers, and this one is perfectly refreshing for a hot Fourth of July celebration. Let this recipe wow you for Independence Day, then keep it in your back pocket as a go-to for every summertime occasion.

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Coca-Cola Cake

Coca-Cola Cake
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Coca-Cola Cake

This Southern-favorite soft drink is the secret to the smoothest chocolate cake layers. The combination of cocoa and Coca Cola is a match made in heaven in a bite with cream cheese frosting with a touch of salt.

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Cherry Dump Cake

Cherry Dump Cake
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Cherry Dump Cake

In a last-minute rush? This simple dessert requires just four ingredients and minimal effort. While we usually encourage ingredient substitutions for extra convenience, canned cherry pie filling cannot compete with the dark, fresh cherries in this cake.

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Banana Pudding Cheesecake

CLOSEUP Banana Pudding Cheesecake
Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell

Recipe: Banana Pudding Cheesecake

If your family is accustomed to having banana pudding on the Fourth of July, try this twist. It'll become a new tradition. Plus, what Southerner says "no" to cheesecake?

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Peach-Raspberry Buckle

Peach-Raspberry Buckle
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl Jones

Recipe: Peach-Raspberry Buckle

If you've never heard of a fruit buckle, prepare to fall in love with this fluffy, crumble-topped cake. An innovative take on a fruit-forward recipe popularized in the 1960s, this dessert is worth the revival.

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Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Guests will love the beautiful and delicious touch of strawberry swirl when they cut into this moist pound cake. Garnish with fresh whipping cream, strawberries, and a few blueberries.

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Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

You'll automatically be the favorite family member when the kids see you brought an ice cream sandwich cake. No need for baking, pile this layer cake high with ice cream sandwiches and whatever goodies you like—caramel, sprinkles, fruit, you name it!

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Peach Icebox Cake

Peach Icebox Cake
Iain Bagwell; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Peach Icebox Cake

What's better than an easy dessert that serves a crowd and uses fresh summer peaches? One that's also no-bake, like this beauty. Mascarpone whipped cream and graham crackers add to this trifle-style cake's appeal.

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Sweet Tea Bundt Cake

Sweet Tea Bundt Cake
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Sweet Tea Bundt Cake

Just like Southerners love to cook with cola, we've also found plenty of delicious ways to enjoy sweet tea. Infused throughout, tea is steeped into the milk for this recipe's batter, then after baking comes even more delicious sweet tea.

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Red Velvet Cheesecake

Red Velvet Cheesecake
Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro

Recipe: Red Velvet Cheesecake

Get festive with a silky red velvet cheesecake for the Fourth. If you thought classic cheesecake couldn't possibly get any better, this summer is the perfect opportunity for us to prove you wrong.

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Red Velvet Ice-Cream Cake

Red Velvet Ice-Cream Cake
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Red Velvet Ice-Cream Cake

With a secret ingredient to arm this cake against the July heat, this stunning layer cake will wow everyone at the party. Top with blueberries then cut into the bright red cake and white frosting to show off this dessert's festive color palette.

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Strawberry Dream Cake

Strawberry Dream Cake
Photo: Greg Dupree

Recipe: Strawberry Dream Cake

Slice into this crowd-pleasing cake to reveal a row of tantalizing strawberries. This stunning layer cake will cement your spot as the best baker at the party.

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Blueberry-Cornmeal Cake

Blueberry-Cornmeal Cake
Alison Miksch; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Blueberry-Cornmeal Cake

This simple, delightful blueberry cake will be delish served with homemade whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Add raspberries or strawberries for a patriotic twist.

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Chocolate-Zucchini Cake

Chocolate-Zucchini Cake
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Chocolate-Zucchini Cake

The kids will never know that this indulgent chocolate cake actually has fresh summer veggies in it. Topped with brown butter-pistachio frosting, this savory cake is packed with greens.

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Strawberry Kuchen

Strawberry Kuchen
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl Jones

Recipe: Strawberry Kuchen

This tender cake showcases the season's fresh strawberry harvest. The German word for cake, kuchens have swept across the South, and our fluffy rendition will put all others to the test.

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Peach-Bourbon Upside-Down Bundt Cake

Peach-Bourbon Upside-Down Bundt Cake
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Lindsey Lower; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Peach-Bourbon Upside-Down Bundt Cake

Sweet, sticky, and a little boozy, this totally decadent cake has summertime party written all over it. Baked at the bottom of the pan, fresh peaches mix and mingle with butter and brown sugar.

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Mississippi Mud Cake

Mississippi Mud Cake
Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe: Mississippi Mud Cake

There always needs to be an option for chocolate-lovers at the party, and this big-batch sheet cake will satisfy them all. Turn this marshmallow and pecan recipe into cupcakes, too.

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Petite Blueberry Cheesecakes

Petite Blueberry Cheesecake
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Petite Blueberry Cheesecakes

These two-bite wonders ensure everyone gets an equal portion. A tasty twists on petits fours, they freeze great so all you have to do on the Fourth is thaw and top, then sit back and relax.

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Strawberry Shortcake Sheet Cake

Strawberry Shortcake Sheet Cake
Johnny Autry; Food and Prop Styling: Charlotte L. Autry

Recipe: Strawberry Shortcake Sheet Cake

This recipe makes strawberry shortcake easily portable for your July 4th cookout. With strawberries incorporated into both the biscuit and the topping, each bite will be tangy, sweet, and crowd-pleasing.

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Watermelon Cake

Watermelon Cake
Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners

Recipe: Watermelon Cake

Reminiscent of the sliced summertime watermelon from earlier in the day, this red velvet cake is topped with chocolate chip "seeds" to look as sweet as it tastes. If you're having an adults-only gathering, there's an option to make this stunner a boozy dessert.

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Creamy Peach Icebox Cake

Creamy Peach Icebox Cake
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling; Kathleen Varner; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Creamy Peach Icebox Cake

Store-bought pound cakes are the base of this beautiful summer dessert, but no one will ever know. Ice cream and fresh fruit throughout guarantee a refreshing finale to your party menu.

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Blueberry-Honey Upside Down Cake

Blueberry-Honey Upside Down Cake
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Blueberry-Honey Upside Down Cake

This not-too-sweet cornmeal cake is the perfect companion for a jammy blueberry-honey mixture on top. Upon flipping this treat right-side-up, scoop on some vanilla ice cream to complement the fresh berries and local honey.

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Sunflower Cupcakes

Sunflower Cupcakes
Photographer: Alison Miksch Food Stylist: Erin Merhar Prop Stylist: Prissy Lee

Recipe: Sunflower Cupcakes

Add even more sunshine to your summer celebration with these adorable cupcakes that the kids will love. Get your piping bags ready because these delightful little cakes don't skimp on the icing.

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Key Lime Sheet Cake

Key Lime Sheet Cake
Caitlin Bensel, Food Styling: Margaret Dickey, Prop Styling: Kay E Clarke

Recipe: Key Lime Sheet Cake

Would you believe this beautiful, big-batch dessert starts with a box of cake mix? You don't have to let anyone in on the secret, though.

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Blueberry-Lemon Cake

Blueberry-Lemon Cake
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Blueberry-Lemon Cake

Tart and sweet, the fruity flavor combination in this dessert is a must-try. This layer cake will be quite the centerpiece for your food lineup on Independence Day.

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Dreamsicle Cupcakes with Lighthouse Ice Cream Cones

Dreamsicle Cupcakes with Lighthouse Ice Cream Cones
Emily Mingledorff, Pie Crust & Pixie Dust

Recipe: Dreamsicle Cupcakes with Lighthouse Ice Cream Cones

Spending the Fourth of July on the coast? There's never been a more appropriate dessert than these too-cute cupcakes.

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Old-Fashioned Pound Cake

Old Fashioned Pound Cake
Southern Living

Recipe: Old-Fashioned Pound Cake

When you're signed up to bring dessert and can't decide what to bake, we've got you covered. You can never go wrong with a classic pound cake topped with homemade whipped cream and fresh summer berries.

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Peach Cobbler Cake

Peach Cobbler Cake
Photography: Caitlin Bensel, Food Styling: Margaret Monroe Dickey, Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hilegas

Recipe: Peach Cobbler Cake

You won't believe how light and fluffy these cake layers are, and the presentation is truly photo-worthy. Easier to make than it looks, this cakey take on a classic peach cobbler includes a whopping 2 1/2 pounds of fresh peaches to enjoy.

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Mixed Berry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Cheesecake Cupcakes
Photographer: Alison Miksch Food Stylist: Erin Merhar Prop Stylist: Prissy Lee

Recipe: Mixed Berry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Individual treats makes the serving so much easier when it's time to serve dessert. For easy celebration preparations, these little cheesecakes hold in the fridge for up to two days.

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White Chocolate Raspberry Loaf Cake

White Chocolate Raspberry Loaf Cake
Photo: Antonis Achilleos, Prop Styling: Kay Clarke, Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: White Chocolate Raspberry Loaf Cake

If there are any leftovers (and that's a big "if"), this pretty loaf cake will be delicious with your coffee the next morning. This recipe calls for raspberries, but feel free to substitute or mix-and-match with strawberries and blueberries for festive coloring underneath a sweet, white glaze.

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Dr Pepper Texas Sheet Cake

Dr Pepper Texas Sheet Cake
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Kathleen Varner

Recipe: Dr Pepper Texas Sheet Cake

A tasty combination of soda, spices, and chocolate, this recipe is inspired by a dessert trend that took the South by storm in the early 20th century. No one will turn down a slice of Dr Pepper cake.

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Beet Red Velvet Cupcakes

Beet Red Velvet Cupcakes
Victor Protasio

Recipe: Beet Red Velvet Cupcakes

Using this recipe, vibrant red velvet cake is possible without artificial dyes. Topped with decadent cream cheese frosting, no one at the party will guess that the secret to these moist and festive cupcakes is a vegetable.

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Strawberry Vanilla Cake

Strawberry Vanilla Cake
Sarah Epperson

Recipe: Strawberry Vanilla Cake

This recipe calls for as many strawberries as we could pack in, resulting in a delightful pink hue. You can prepare the cake layers in advance, wrap them in plastic wrap, and freeze or chill until you're ready to assemble your final product.

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Key Lime Cupcakes

Key Lime Cupcakes
Photographer and props: Jennifer Causey Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Key Lime Cupcakes

For a summery dessert that travels well and is full of flavor, try this easy cupcake version of Key lime pie. Crisp and cooling with plenty of lime juice in a convenient hand-held package, these citrus and meringue cupcakes will go fast this Fourth.

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Strawberry-Lemonade Cake

Strawberry-Lemonade Cake
Jen Causey

Recipe: Strawberry-Lemonade Cake

Well-suited for summer, this recipe showcases fresh berries and everyone's favorite tangy beverage for a hot day. A lemon cake topped with flavorful jam, prepare this cake up to two days before your Fourth of July BBQ.

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Cheerwine Cherry Cupcakes with Cherry-Swirl Frosting

Cheerwine Cherry Cupcakes with Cherry-Swirl Frosting
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Kathleen Varner

Recipe: Cheerwine Cherry Cupcakes with Cherry-Swirl Frosting

Made with the sugary-sweet Southern soda, these fluffy cupcakes are inspired by a surge in Cheerwine desserts in the first decade of the 2000s. We refuse to let this carbonated cake trend die, and with one bite of these swirl-topped handhelds, you'll know why.

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Toffee S'mores Cheesecake

Toffee S’mores Cheesecake
Southern Living

Recipe: Toffee S'mores Cheesecake

Instead of roasting s'mores by the fire, try this decadent cheesecake this Fourth of July. Who could say no to this indulgent combination of our three favorite desserts: toffee, s'mores, and cheesecake?

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Pig Pickin' Cake

Pig Pickin' Cake
Southern Living

Recipe: Pig Pickin' Cake

If you've never heard of this old-school Southern dessert, read up on it here. Full of whipped topping, pineapple, vanilla instant pudding, and pecans, this recipe uses ingredients you probably already have and pays homage to Southern tradition.

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