5 Spectacular Cakes for the Fourth of July

Chew On That BlogChew On That BlogWhen people think of Fourth of July food, their minds usually turn to hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, and watermelon. But instead of letting your Independence Day festivities get stuck in a rut, surprise your friends and family at the end of the day with a cake made especially for them. And we don't mean just any run-of-the-mill cake - these treats are specifically designed with the Fourth of July in mind.

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Make sure everyone at your party gets a little bite of something sweet with the Cake Ball Flag Cake, made up of a series of little cream cheese cake bites put together in the shape of the American flag. Or entertain the younger crowd set with the July 4 Firework Push-Up Cakes, made with red and blue cupcakes in a push-pop container. If your guests' prefer something a little more refined, serve them the Red, White, and Blue Lemon Berry Tiramisu, a unique take on a classic summer cake featuring mascarpone cheese between layers of ladyfingers.

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Be sure to keep your cake in the fridge until right before serving it in order to keep the frosting and decorations intact - the July heat will melt it down if left out, and your masterpiece will end up looking more like a mess. If you will be outside for a long time without access to a fridge or air-conditioning, pack your cake in a cooler or keep it on a bed of ice to ensure it will look as great when you serve it as it did at the beginning of the day.

Whatever your plans this Fourth of July, make sure you take the time to relax with family or friends while you enjoy the summertime and, of course, some cake, too.

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WiltonWiltonPicnic-Crashers Cake

This dramatic cake is sure to be a hit with all of your Fourth of July guests. Built on top of a sheet cake, it depicts a summer barbecue setting perfect for hosting your own.

Add A PinchAdd A PinchBlue Velvet Cake

Forget about red velvet - take the unconventional route by switching things up with this bright blue treat. Topped with strawberries or raspberries, this dessert will provide a delicious twist on the red, white, and blue.

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Hershey'sHershey'sHershey's Firecracker Cake

This extravagant cake resembles a firecracker, and its cherry pie filling packs just as much punch! Its outer layer of strawberries, blueberries, and Hershey's chocolate provides a delicious contrast of sweet and rich that will be a perfect end to your patriotic soirée.

Kraft Flag Cake (pictured above)

Keep things traditional this year by making a classic flag cake for your guests. Complete with a whipped cream topping and berries, this light dessert will be a great dessert to snack on while watching the fireworks.

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Good HousekeepingGood HousekeepingCupcake Flag with Berries and Coconut

Put Betsy Ross to shame with your own version of the American flag made entirely of cupcakes! Covered with cream cheese frosting and topped with blueberries, raspberries, and coconut, these cupcakes make up what is sure to be the most delicious flag you've ever flown

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-Mimi Montgomery, The Daily Meal