Fireworks & Frosting: 14 Treats for Your Fourth of July Gathering

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Fireworks, laughter, good company, and of course, delicious desserts! What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than with a smorgasbord of delicious treats? This year, ditch the store-bought cakes and wow your guests with homemade treats that are bursting with flavor and celebration.

From light and refreshing berry bars to decadent chocolate ice cream, and even a surprising savory option, this list contains 14 amazing recipes to make your Fourth of July unforgettable. Whether you’re planning a backyard barbecue or an elegant get-together, you’ll find the perfect dessert to end the day on a sweet note.



Mixed berry and cream bars

we paired a lightly salted pretzel cake base with a cream Filling AND all completed with a sprinkling of fresh berries.



Upside Down Ancient Tomato Cornbread

What better way to celebrate tomato season than with a savory cornbread bursting with summer flavor? Featuring a caramelized tomato top, our crunchy Upside-Down Heirloom Tomato Cornbread from our May/June 2020 issue is made even more delicious with smoky white cheddar cheese and fresh corn in the dough. Buttermilk keeps this quick bread moist, and chopped jalapeño adds just a hint of heat. Whether served as an impressive appetizer or a standout side, you can’t go wrong with this impressive dish on your table.



Almond and peach cake

Fresh, juicy peach halves give this Buttermilk Vanilla Peach Almond Cake a burst of color and concentrated sweet-tart flavor, while the addition of brandy to the homemade marzipan adds just the right amount of zing.



Blueberry and almond galettes

Almond flour is finer than standard all-purpose flour. It draws more moisture from the dough, giving the buttermilk crusts of these Blueberry Almond Galettes an added crunch. A hint of tart lemon zest balances the sweetness of the blueberries.



Strawberry and Raspberry Tart

Traditional only in method, this Strawberry Raspberry Cobbler has a Middle Eastern twist with cardamom and rose water. This cake batter cobbler absorbs the fruit’s flavorful juices as it bakes and develops a light, spongy crumb. Pistachios create a slightly crunchy texture that pairs well with the tender, baked fruit.



Apple and crumb cake

Traditional apple pie gets a creamy crème fraîche custard filling in this Apple Crumb Cake. Layers upon layers of sweet, crunchy apples are topped with a creamy crust and baked until soft. With a splash of spiced rum and a crunchy almond streusel topping, this recipe is begging for ice cream.



Strawberry Red Velvet Cake

In this sweet summer twist, red velvet cake is enhanced with a generous helping of fresh strawberries added to the buttercream, creating a strawberry red velvet cake that rivals the classic.



Frozen Lime Pie

Classic Key lime cake gets a spicy update with our Gingersnap crust dotted with crystallized ginger. The filling gets extra volume and its whipped texture from a trio of creamy ingredients: coconut cream, crème fraîche, and whipped cream. True to the original, this frozen pie is full of tart, sweet-tart lime flavor.



Cherry and crumb cake

Ditch the fancy toppings and towering layers for this simple, sophisticated single-layer cake that’s guaranteed to impress. With a layer of baked cherries under a lime-ginger crumb topping, our elevated version of the summer classic Cherry Key Lime Cake is even more beautiful when cut into. You’ll get a juicy cherry explosion with every bite.



Strawberry and Mascarpone Pretzel Tart

By replacing the traditional cream cheese filling with vanilla-flavored mascarpone cream and replacing the set topping with fresh strawberries, we've given this classic dessert a modern sweet-savory makeover.



Chocolate and butter cream cake

This cake may be based on the classic 1-2-3-4 cake, but it's anything but basic! Just like pound cake, 1-2-3-4 cake gets its name from the proportions of its basic ingredients: 1 cup butter, 2 cups sugar, 3 cups flour, 4 eggs.

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