There’s something about Independence Day that brings out the party girl in me. Not the one who used to, ahem, dance on bars (she’s gone—for the most part), but the one who loves being surrounded by a big, loud group of friends and family. Summer still feels new, you can spend the day outside, and the party goes into the night when fireworks light up the sky. Independence Day is an easy holiday for laid-back entertaining and these 4th of July dessert recipes for a crowd are the perfect way to end the party.
These Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting (above & top) at Heather Christo are gluten-free, vegan, and totally delicious. If you’d rather go conventional, though, use these gorgeous cupcakes as visual inspiration and try the red velvet cupcake recipe that we found at My Baking Addiction.
If you want to make cupcakes, but are looking for something more fun and whimsical than refined, try these Red, White, and Blue Snow Cone Cupcakes at Bakerella. These look so much like snow cones that I had to do a double-take even though I knew they were cupcakes before I saw the picture. So fun, right?!
This Honeyed Yogurt and Blueberry Tart with Ginger Crust at Food and Wine is not only gorgeous, it sounds divine! It’s actually pretty healthy, too. Though the recipe only calls for 25 minutes active cooking time, keep in mind that it requires you to start the night before you want to serve this. You can also use blueberries and strawberries to get a red, white, and blue thing going for the Fourth.
Trifle is a gloriously easy dessert perfect for a crowd and this recipe for Red, White, and Blue Berry Trifle at Martha Stewart makes it even easier by using store-bought pound cake. One of these babies serves 6 or double it up with hardly any effort to feed a crowd of 12.
Kelly at Just a Taste has a genius update on the popular flag cake that gives the classic Fourth of July dessert an easy, delicious twist. Instead of going with traditional cake batter, she makes her American Flag Cookie Cake using shortbread cookie dough, buttercream, and berries. I’ll salute to that!
Whenever I’m hosting a crowd, I like to set out some sort of easy dessert platter filled with little bites that people can snack on as they wish. This easy flag dessert at Family Fresh Meals is exactly that and, to top it off, is piled high with healthy (and healthier) treats. If the main meal is going to be epic, this can serve as dessert on its own. Otherwise, it’s an easy extra thing to put out or bring to whoever is hosting you.
Janssen at Modern Parents Messy Kids calls these Strawberry Cream Cheese Flag Cookie Cups the easiest ever 4th of July potluck dessert and, well, I have to agree that it’s impressively easy. The recipe takes 30 minutes to make using store-bought cookie dough. You can combine strawberries and blueberries on each treat to make them red, white, and blue. Or make some with blueberries and others with strawberries and arrange them on a serving plate in an American flag pattern.
I love this Watermelon Blueberry Fruit Salad that Liz found at The Whole Serving, and not just because of the perfectly patriotic colors. It also looks incredibly refreshing! But, yes, the colors are perfect for Independence Day and you can go a step further with Liz’s idea of using a star cookie cutter to cut the watermelon into a perfect shape for the Fourth. Look at us, all crafty!