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Ten 4th of July Cake Ideas:
Creative Patriotic Themed Cakes!

Looking for some festive 4th of July cake ideas that will make all your guests go "ooh" and "aah" at your next Fourth of July party? These creative cakes will definitely do it!

10 Great Cake Ideas for a Patriotic Theme

Here, you'll find 10 creative cake ideas for a patriotic theme party. Most of them are simple to do, and all of them are delicious and a lot of fun. But you'll also find lots of other cake ideas on my 4th of July Party Ideas page, including lots of red, white, and blue cakes. Check out:

1. Festive Summer Watermelon Cake

Watermelon Cake for the 4th of JulyWhat says summer --or "It's the 4th of July!"-- quite like a big, juicy slice of watermelon? This 4th of July cake idea is simple to put together, really tasty, and a lot of fun to look at. And it's not any harder, really, than making a plain white cake.

How to Make it: To make this cake, simply start with your favorite recipe for a white cake with white frosting. You can use the recipe I just linked to, or simply buy a mix and pre-made frosting... whatever floats your boat.

To transform a plain white cake into this 4th of July cake idea, simply add one 1/4 oz. packet of red-colored (watermelon flavor is best, but you can use any!) Kool Aid drink mix to your cake batter, along with red food coloring as needed. Stir in 1/2 C. of mini chocolate chips. Bake as instructed to make a layer cake.

Dye two thirds of your white frosting red, and one-third green (use bright gel food coloring for the brightest color).

When your cake is cooked and cooled, frost the top and between the layers with your red frosting. Frost the sides with your green frosting. Sprinkle the top of your cake with about 1/4 C. of mini chocolate chips (or full-sized, either works) for "seeds." A really fun and creative 4th of July cake idea!

2. Fruity Red, White, and Blue Topped Any-Cake

Decorate any Cake for the 4th of July with this ideaThis is one of my favorite 4th of July cake ideas for transforming a pre-purchased cake (or, even better, a cheesecake) into a red, white, and blue cake for a patriotic theme.

How to Make it: To make this cake, simply prepare or buy any flavor round cake or layer cake. It doesn't have to be a white cake... it doesn't even have to have white frosting! I like to do this with cheesecake, because... well, cheesecake is awesome.

Use this recipe to make about 15 white chocolate covered strawberries (or however many you need), or, even better, red, white, and blue patriotic strawberries. Place these around the edges of your cake. Fill the middle of your cake with fresh blueberries. Serve.

3. Red White and Blue Fruit Swirl Cake

Fruit Swirl berry Cake Red White and Blue for Independence DayI like this 4th of July cake idea if you're looking to make a healthier cake. This is a great way to, say, dress up an angel food cake or another lighter, lower fat cake. It's also nice with pound cake as a sort of mixed berry shortcake.

How to Make it: Put together your favorite layer cake, or cut an angel food cake or pound cake into layers and put whipped cream, Cool Whip, or frosting between the layers. Decorate the top of this red, white, and blue cake with strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, being sure to let some of the white show, too. Serve chilled.

4. Beautiful Beach Cake for July 4th

Funny Beach Cake 4th of July Summer Cake IDeaThis hilarious summer cake is so cute, and surprisingly fun to make! It's one of my favorite 4th of July cake ideas, because it also translates well into any summer holiday or celebration.

How to Make it: The cake pictured is a sheet cake, but you can also use a round layer cake, if you like. Simply whip up your favorite cake recipe (any flavor) with white frosting. Color your frosting bright blue with food coloring. Frost your cake.

Grind up graham crackers in your food processor until very fine. Cover half of your frosted cake with graham cracker "sand" (the graham cracker tastes especially good if you use a cream cheese frosting). Decorate the cake with candies, paper umbrellas, and "Teddy Grahams" to create a fun beach scene.

Like this fun 4th of July cake idea? Here's a cupcake version of the same thing!

5. Picnic Blanket Fun Summer Cake

Funny Picnic Cake Creative Dessert for the Fourth of JulyThis is another silly 4th of July cake idea that doesn't really follow a strict patriotic theme... but it's perfect for a 4th of July picnic! Because it IS a picnic.

How to Make it: To put together this fun summer 4th of July cake, bake up a sheet cake with your favorite flavor of cake, and whip up a big batch (you'll need almost double the normal amount) of white frosting. Keep 1/4 of the frosting white, dye a 1/4 of it red, and dye the rest of it green.

On about half of the cake, use a simple decorator's tip to create a picnic blanket pattern of red and white squares. Create a little "paper plate" in one corner with white frosting. Using a "grass" cake decorators tip (like a Wilson Number 233), fill the rest of the cake in with green frosting grass.

To finish decorating this festive Fourth of July cake, fill your "paper plate" with mini sandwich cookies (mini Oreos work well!). Add a few gummy worms to your "grass" for effect, adding a little grass frosting over them so they look embedded.

6. July 4th Festive Fireworks Cake

Festive Cake with Fireworks for the Fourth
Now, this is one of the easiest and most impressive 4th of July cake ideas for a patriotic theme. It's unbelievable that a cake this easy to make can look this cool.

How to Make it: Start with any flavor of layer cake with a white frosting. Cook, cool, and frost as instructed by your basic cake recipe. Purchase one tube of red gel decorator's frosting, and one tube of blue.

To make the "fireworks," create different-sized concentric spiderweb-like circles on top of the cake in your red and blue gel. Using a toothpick, gently drag through the points in your "web" all the way to the center, to make a firework/web shape.

To make this a really red, white, and blue cake, cover the sides of your completed cake in red, white, and blue sprinkles.

7. Starry Red, White, and Blue Cake

Patriotic July 4th Cake with Stars in Red White and BlueThis is such a fun idea for a red, white, and blue patriotic cake... and because you don't actually have to create the stars directly ON the cake, it's also pretty fool-proof.

How to Make it: Make up your favorite flavor of layer cake with a white frosting. Cook, cool, and frost as instructed. To make the red and blue stars, look online for a simple recipe for royal icing, a hard frosting made with egg whites that dries candy-hard. Color half of your royal icing red, and half blue.

Using a decorator's tip, pipe your royal icing into star shapes on a piece of waxed paper. Refrigerate until hard. Remove from waxed paper.

Decorate your cake as desired with your red and blue candy stars. Add red, white, and blue sprinkles for a cheerful 4th of July cake with a patriotic theme.

8. Red, White, and Blue Swirl Cake

Swirly inside out Patriotic July 4th CakeThis is one of my favorite 4th of July cake ideas, because it's patriotic both on the inside, and on the outside! The version pictured here is a tube-type cake, but you can also do this with a layer cake.

How to Make it: Whip up the batter for a white cake and divide your batter into three parts. Keep one part plain, and add a LOT of red food coloring to one part, and blue to the other.

Poor the red colored batter into the bottom of your greased and floured tube pan, and gently coat the sides. Pour the white batter on top of the red, being careful not to allow them to mix. Pour in the blue last of all. Bake as directed by your recipe.

Frost with a white frosting of your choice, and top with raspberries or sliced strawberries and blueberries.

If you like this idea, you'll also like this simpler version, a "Patriot on the Inside" Cake.

9. Patriotic Chocolate Star Cake

Patriotic Chocolate Cake for July Fourth PartiesWho says that all cake ideas for a patriotic theme have to start with a white cake? After all, some of us --most of us, actually!-- prefer chocolate!

How to Make it: This cake starts with your favorite recipe for chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, and a bit of white decorator's frosting dyed white, red, and blue.

Bake your chocolate cake as instructed by your recipe, but use a star-shaped cake pan. Cool and frost. Decorate as desired with red, white, and blue frosting. This one say "Happy Birthday America!" but you can do anything you like.

10. Flag-Fruit Topped Trifle

Red White and Blue Fruit Topped TrifleHow about a 4th of July cake idea that isn't even a cake? This is a great way to decorate a different dessert --in this case a trifle-- for a patriotic 4th of July theme.

How to Make it: Make your favorite recipe for a trifle. For this recipe, I love this strawberry cheesecake trifle. It's also great with a Death by Chocolate Brownie Trifle. Be sure that the top layer of your trifle is a white whipped-cream-based layer.

Decorate the top of your trifle with raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries. Here a piece of pound cake is cut into a star shape with a cookie cutter to decorate the middle. You could also use a piece of brownie, a thin slice of watermelon cut into a star, or a slice of star fruit.

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