Backyard barbecues and fireworks are two of my favorite things about the 4th of July, in addition to the opportunity to spend a fun night with friends and family. I always make sure to put out some desserts that are just as colorful as those fireworks. Colorful desserts, whether you’re using all-natural red and blue berries for color or a dash of food coloring, make a big impact and will help make your 4th of July celebration one to remember!
These Red, White and Blueberry Cupcakes (pictured above) are made with white cake that is studded with fresh blueberries and raspberries. The cupcakes are topped with a fluffy white frosting swirled with red and blue stripes. It doesn’t get much more colorful than that!
My Red, White and Blue Berry Yogurt Cake is always a hit. This colorful cake that doesn’t use any food coloring for its bright red and blue colors, but instead gets pops of red and blue from blueberries and raspberries that are folded into the cake batter. This dessert is elegant all summer long.
Fourth of July Cupcakes are one easy way to dress up cupcakes for the holiday. These cupcakes start off as plain vanilla cupcakes, but the batter is divided into thirds and portions are tinted with red and blue food coloring, so you get red, white and blue in every single bite!
It’s hard to beat homemade popsicles on a hot day and these Red, White and Blue Pudding Pops are perfect for the 4th. The creamy pops start with a homemade vanilla pudding, which is layered with fresh berries in popsicle molds. The finished pops have a nice blend of berry and vanilla from start to finish.
This layered Red, White and Blue Panna Cotta is an excellent make-ahead dessert. The dessert starts with a creamy vanilla base, which is divided up and tinted with food coloring and spiked with a bit of orange liqueur. The dessert is then layered together in dessert cups and chilled before serving.
For both kids and adults, these All Natural Red, White and Blue Rice Krispy Treats are guaranteed to be a hit. The easy to make cereal bars are used freeze-dried fruit to color them. Dried blueberries and strawberries also add a lot of flavor. These are so delicious, you’ll be making them year-round – and you might be inspired to incorporate dried fruit into your cereal bars on a regular basis!
One of the easiest and most fun desserts for the 4th are Red, White and Blue Chocolate Dipped Strawberries. These are simply strawberries dipped in white chocolate, then dipped in blue sprinkles for the final splash of color.