Red, white and blue paper plates and napkins do their part in adding to the festiveness of a 4th of July celebration, but it’s always nice to be a little patriotic with the food, too. Barbecue, whether you’re making ribs, burgers or hot dogs, is a good place to start. You can infuse a little more color into the meal when you come around to dessert.
Red and white are easy colors to infuse into dessert, with fresh berries, ice cream and whipped cream. blue is a little tougher. Gelatin is almost a staple for blue desserts, since it is one of the few foods that is easy to find in a true blue color. Jigglers are fun to make – especially if you have kids – but otherwise just go with a color close to “true blue” or keep your food coloring handy. Here are some bright red, white and blue dessert ideas to finish off your 4th of July feast as you wait for the fireworks to start.
- Red, White and Blue Velvet Cake is a multi-layer cake with tiers of blue and red velvet cakes. The cake may be an unusual color, but it is very festive, moist and fluffy. White frosting brings everything together.
- Strawberry Buttermilk Shortcakes have red and white covered, with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. Add in some blueberries to make it fit the Independence Day theme
- Fresh Strawberry Pie is another dessert that makes use of fresh berries to bring a brilliant red color to the table. This dessert is easy to make and tastes just as good as it looks.
- Little Blueberry Upside Down Cakes have blue covered, with a layer of juicy berries on top. These are like cupcakes, with berries instead of the frosting. They’re great for serving a crowd since each is a single-serving and can eaten by hand.
- Other great options include Fresh Strawberry Frozen Yogurt, Fresh Blueberry Tart, Strawberry Mascarpone Cream Puffs, and Berry-Topped Pavlova, all of which take further advantage of in-season summer fruits.
If you need to serve a really big crowd, a Cupcake Flag (pictured above) is a great option. You can make it as big as you need to, whether you’re going to serve 36 cupcakes or 136. To infuse some extra color into your cupcakes, try making rainbow cupcakes with just red, white and blue layers, then using those cakes as the base for the flag.