7 Festive Patriotic Dessert Ideas

Red, White and Blue Patriotic Trifle

As the official birthday of our nation, the 4th of July always stirs our national pride. It’s also a prime day to relax and have a few people over to enjoy the summer holiday! Instead of serving up your typical desserts, try these patriotic dessert ideas instead.


Trifles are the perfect dessert to feed a crowd. Cut an angel food cake into cubes. Form a single layer using half the cubes at the bottom of a trifle dish. Top with vanilla pudding, blueberries, and strawberries. Repeat one more time, top with whipped cream, and dot the top with red and white candy sprinkles. Keep in the refrigerator until just before serving.

Flag Cake

Cake is a traditional dessert to serve when it’s someone’s birthday. Since the 4th of July is the official birthday of the United States, a celebratory cake is a perfect choice! This cake is extra festive because it’s shaped like the American flag. It uses boxed vanilla cake mix to make prep time even shorter. If baking isn’t your forte, this fun an festive vanilla happy birthday cake can be easily transformed into a patriotic cake. Just remove the happy birthday decoration and add a few America flags! The “confetti” on the sides makes it a perfect Independence Day celebration cake.

Cake Pops

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Cake pops are a fun dessert to make because they can be decorated any way that. Start by following any cake pop recipe you want. To decorate, dunk each cake pop in a melted white chocolate and immediately dip them into a dish filled with red and blue candy sprinkles. Let cool on strips of waxed or parchment paper. Pressed for time? These United Cake Pops of America chocolate covered theme cake pops make a great gift or addition to your own 4th of July party!


Cupcakes are a perfect patriotic dessert idea for the 4th of July! Start by baking a batch of your favorite flavor – the real magic happens in the way you decorate them. For an easy, festive decoration, simply ice each cupcake with vanilla frosting and top with red and blue candy sprinkles. If you prefer chocolate frosting, use a mixture of red, white, and blue candy sprinkles instead.

Ice Pops

Ice pops are another Patriotic dessert idea that can be transformed into the perfect 4th of July treat. Start by filling ice pop molds 1/3 of the way with blue fruit punch. Add popsicle sticks and freeze completely. Fill lemonade to 2/3 of the way. Let freeze again. Top with cranberry juice or red fruit punch and freeze again. When taken out of the mold, you have a perfectly formed red, white, and blue ice pop! If you are a visual recipe follower, this simple Patriotic Ice Pops recipe video uses fresh blueberries, vanilla ice cream and sorbet as the main ingredients.

Chocolate Dipped

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Strawberries will still be in season on the 4th of July so this is the perfect dessert! Dunk the strawberries in white chocolate and then dip them in blue candy sprinkles. You can also dip the strawberries in blue candy melt, which you can find at any store that sells candy making supplies, followed by white candy sprinkles. Let them cool on sheets of waxed or parchment paper prior to serving. If you don’t feel like making these yourself, plan ahead. The United Strawberries of America or The United Oreos® of America can be delivered within two days or overnight too!


If you’re looking for something healthy, parfaits are just the thing! Fill clear dessert glasses with a mixture of raspberries and blueberries. Top with whipped topping or vanilla flavored yogurt. You can also use sliced strawberries instead of raspberries, depending on what you have available.

You definitely cannot go wrong with any of these Patriotic Dessert Ideas. From all of us here at GourmetGiftBaskets.com to you, have a happy and safe 4th of July Holiday!

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