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Get Patriotic with 4th of July Desserts

June 28, 2011

Most of this blog post was originally published last year. But since it includes such great 4th of July dessert ideas, I thought I’d re-post it so you can get your patriotic treats ready for Independence Day.

But before I do, I want to give a big shout-out to Tootsie for making patriotic candy! You’ll recall my recent rant about a lack of seasonal candy from the Easter to Halloween summer season. Well maybe Tootsie read my post because check this out! 

Patriotic Layered Cupcakes

I decided to make red-white-blue layered cupcakes after being inspired by this awesome cake on a blog I love. Here are the ingredients: two boxes of white cake mix, red and blue food coloring, cupcake liners, and patriotic sprinkles.

Once you make the cake mix, divide it evenly among three bowls and add the food coloring.

Then you put a little more than one tablespoon of white cake batter on the bottom, then blue, then red (or red then blue). They should stay in layers.

Then I made a simple buttercream frosting (butter, milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar). Of course you can buy frosting, but I always make my own from scratch. It’s easy, really! Spread that sweet goodness on the cupcake and then I toppd with some festive Fourth of July décor I bought at Do It With Icing (a local cake and candy shop I frequent) and …

Patriotic Jello Stars

The recipe I used is a hybrid of two posts: layered finger jello on Tasty Kitchen and this blog post . I used one large box of berry blue jello, combined it with one package of gelatin and one cup of hot water. I poured it into the glass dish and let it sit for about an hour. The second layer is one can of sweetened condensed milk, two packets of Gelatin and two cups of hot water. The third red layer is raspberry flavor with gelatin and hot water. You can also add vodka for a tasty adult treat.

Then you get a pretty layered dish. Add the cute star-shaped cookie cutter and you get these.

I haven’t yet decided what I’m making this year. Any suggestions?

19 Comments leave one →
  1. June 29, 2011 4:46 am

    They all look so wonderful I could eat them for breakfast right now!

  2. June 29, 2011 6:16 am

    Great post and the pictures are SO festive! I love the jello stars….

  3. June 29, 2011 6:21 am

    Wow! Great ideas — I never thought of making cupcakes like that, but looks like fun! I have made strawberry/blueberry shortcake for 4th of July — which I make in layers: sponge cake then strawberries, more spongecake then blueberries, then whipped cream on top. It’s nice and fresh with the only real downside is that it has to be made at the last minute.

  4. Lena permalink
    June 29, 2011 6:26 am

    All of these look amazing and delicious!

  5. June 29, 2011 6:53 am

    So fun! I don’t cook much, but I love to bake and I’m inspired by those cupcakes!

  6. June 29, 2011 8:17 am

    Yummy – you are so creative Leah!

  7. June 29, 2011 11:00 am

    You are amazing, Can I rent your skills for a few hours. I like to cook, but not bake, and when I do it’s never anything this complicated. So pretty and colorful.

  8. June 29, 2011 11:17 am

    Looking so good! Love these ideas Leah! I find it mind boggling that the 4th is in less than a week. Where does the time go?!

  9. June 29, 2011 11:55 am

    Well, now that I’m feeling like a complete and utter failure…Gorgeous desserts. I was planning on hot dogs and chips, a rare treat in our house, as I’m such a “health freak” as my children so fondly call me. Maybe I’ll surprise ’em this year!

    Visiting from She Writes

  10. June 29, 2011 12:21 pm

    Can I come to your house for the 4th? These look like so much fun!

  11. June 29, 2011 12:25 pm

    I am digging the stars!!!! they look so yummy!!!

  12. June 29, 2011 2:22 pm

    I want one of those cupcakes!!!

  13. June 29, 2011 4:34 pm

    How fun! I found a great fruit pizza with blueberries & strawberries that would be a healthy patriotic dessert! Can’t remember where though. But it sure looked yummy!

  14. June 29, 2011 6:07 pm

    This is so fun and festive! Got to say I love the stars, but a cupcake would set me free too. Thanks for the great ideas. Don’t know if I’ll brave them in my kitchen, but I sure think they look delicious.

  15. July 5, 2011 7:25 pm

    Oh how I needed you and your desserts here on the 4th. Abby’s birthday is the 4th of July and I had big dreams of creating a festive holiday-themed cake. However, I planned a vacation that ended with a very long car drive the night before her birthday. And so I bought an ice cream cake instead. Maybe these desserts next year. And no vacation adjacent to a birthday.

    • July 5, 2011 10:31 pm

      I’m envious Abby’s birthday is the 4th of July! I wish Sophie’s was. The possibilities for cakes and parties are endless! Next year, I’m on it with you. I have lots of easy July 4th festive recipes/ideas you can use for Abby’s And you are brave for tackling a trip next to a birthday. Hope your day was a nice one!

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    May 16, 2013 10:16 am

    How long do you bake these and at what temperature?


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