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28 4th of July Celebration Cakes to Impress Here

Sure, I enjoy cobblers and cookies as much as the next person. But when it comes to a celebratory event, nothing beats… well, cake.

Looking back on all my Fourth of July experiences, I always remember the festive spreads laid out along picnic tables or checkered tablecloths on a beach or city rooftop, in a backyard or park. It’s hot in most places in the US in July, so chilled salads, hearty grilled meats and ice-cold cocktails hit the spot. As much as I love – and I mean love – a good mix of appetizers, seafood, steak or a good old-fashioned hot dog at summer gatherings, there’s just something meaningful about that part of the evening when the Independence Day dessert is served.

When it’s after dinner, the sun starts to bring some relief, and a table full of treats takes me back to being a kid. While a red, white, and blue popsicle is fun, let’s skip the amateur desserts and get straight to the serious stuff: the cake. I’m talking campfire s’mores turned ice cream cake, a fluffy vanilla cake piled high with fresh, juicy strawberries, and a lemony meringue cake that tastes like summer vacation and cumulative clouds had a baby. And don’t even get me started on Jocelyn Delk Adams’ melty, ooey gooey butter cake (don’t worry — it’s listed below).

These cakes are so special they deserve gold records, but almost all of them are surprisingly easy to make—many don’t even need to be baked! Still, it’s Independence Day and who wants a golden plate when you can enjoy a slice on a paper plate that’s becoming increasingly soaked with sweet moisture as you devour it?

No-bake cakes and ice cream cakes

Samantha Seneviratne

Pre-made cookies and store-bought ice cream make a beautiful and easy dessert. Assemble it ahead of time and let it chill in the freezer until you’re ready to mess with it.

No-Bake Blueberry Banana Icebox Cake

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The oven does not have to be switched on! With fresh fruit, rich golden Oreo cookies, and homemade coconut whipped cream, this almost vegan no-bake ice box cake is the perfect summer party dessert. And it’s great for parties because you can make it the day before!

Independence Ice Cream Cake

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We’re big fans of shortcut desserts, which is why this showstopper made our 4th of July favorites list! Make it even more impressive by piping the whipped cream on top with a large star-shaped piping tip.

Strawberry Ice Cream Cake

Laura Vitale

How pretty in pink is this summery no-bake strawberry cake? The recipe is fully customizable and effortless to put together, with just 15 minutes of prep time, which is perfect for feeding a crowd.

No-Bake Chocolate Coffee Icebox Cheesecake with 5 ingredients

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Only superhumans can look at this delicious icebox cheesecake without wanting to take a bite. As rich as this five-ingredient wonder is, it’s surprisingly much lighter than a traditional no-bake cheesecake. Serve with a dollop of hot fudge for an extra treat.

Sunny's Easy Patriotic Poke Cake

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Poke cake earned its title because it pokes holes in it after baking to soak up all the liquid topping. They’re super easy, juicy, and make a very pretty piece on the plate. This one uses store-bought sponge cake with a moist topping of sour cream accented with beautiful patriotic-colored berries. No baking required, just a few minutes in the microwave.

S'mores ice cream cake

Courtesy of Ray Prado

This foolproof recipe uses the pre-formed shape of a sundae to create a truly mind-blowing dessert. With some filling, pressing, freezing, and topping, the result is a decadent ice cream cake with all the good s’mores flavor.

Cookie and Cream Icebox Cake

Elana Better

This is one for all of our devoted Oreo lovers out there. It’s so rich and flavorful, but still kind of light. Plus, it only has five ingredients and will keep in the freezer for months…unless it’s all eaten first!

Martha Stewart's Brownie Sundae Ice Cream Cake

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Horizontal slices of rich brownie cake create dramatic streaks in this eye-catching frozen dessert that has all the ingredients of an old-fashioned sundae – and then some. Two types of ice cream—vanilla and strawberry—are used for the fillings, along with crunchy peanut butter and crushed raspberries.

Blondie Ice Cream Cake

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At the end of a good meal, everyone will say they’re full – until they see this ice cream cake. It’s made with rich, buttery blondie; vanilla ice cream (filled with more blondie); and a soft, chewy, totally insane chocolate caramel topping.

No-Bake Cheesecake with Sweetened Condensed Milk

Carrie Parente

This easy cheesecake requires no baking and uses sweetened condensed milk for a smooth and decadent texture. It’s delicious on its own or served with your choice of toppings, from fresh berries to chocolate chips or even toasted coconut.

5-Ingredient Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake

Grace Parisi

Who doesn’t love an ice cream cake? Skip the store-bought cake (who knows how long it’ll sit in that freezer) and make your own! We cheat a bit with the baking mix, but we’ll keep that to ourselves. Everyone else can just take you for a superhero.

All American Crispy Cake

Anna Helm Baxter / Anna Helm Baxter

Bigger is always better! This giant crunchy granola candy is a flashy treat and a sweet way to end the 4th of July celebrations. It also serves as a decoration and will add a festive touch to your festive table.

Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Icebox Cake


“I love ice box cakes! They’re incredibly easy and a great summer dessert. This cold and creamy treat is layered with sponge cake, blackberries and sweet whipped cream,” says Ree Drummond.

The kind of cake you bake

Devil's Food Icebox Cake

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This chocolatey dessert requires minimal baking, making it perfect for dog days in June.

Ooey gooey butter cake

Courtesy of Jocelyn Delk Adams

This authentic gooey butter cake has a chewy, blonde textured base topped with a custard-like cream cheese layer of perfection. It’s the true, original St. Louis classic.

Red velvet layer cake

Courtesy of Milkbar

Who doesn’t love the bold color contrast of rich, ruby ​​red velvet cake layers and cool, white cream cheese frosting. It’s as appealing to look at as it is to eat.

Old fashioned strawberry shortcake

Courtesy of Trisha Yearwood

“Most people these days use angel food cake or pound cake for this dessert, but I like the old-fashioned mix of the not-so-sweet cookie with the sweetness of the strawberries and the whipped cream,” says Trisha Yearwood.

Classic butter cake

Jocelyn Delk Adams

“My family is a product of the Great Migration, where they moved from the South, specifically Mississippi, to the Midwest, specifically Chicago,” says Delk Adams. “Due to the historical significance of the Great Migration, Southern cuisine had a major impact on Midwestern cuisine. Pound cake, along with other soul food classics, became a huge part of the Illinois food menu and is shared in many homes across the state.”

Orange Blossom Strawberry Sponge Cake


The sweet layers of strawberry jam balanced with the soft whipped cream between the light layers of orange blossom sponge cake are such a delightful mouthful of summer.

Lush limoncello cake

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Fresh limoncello cake is fresh and vibrant with lots of zest. It’s perfect for any summer gathering.

Classic carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

Casey Barber

Whether you like your carrot cake neat or with all the mix-ins, this recipe has you covered. Serve this sweetly spiced dessert with walnuts, raisins, coconut and pineapple — or keep it simple with just grated carrots battered. Either way, it’s a guaranteed treat, especially when each slice gets a luxurious layer of cream cheese frosting.

Lemon Velvet Cake

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This sunny cake brings red velvet from fall to summer with a lemony makeover. It’s great for celebrating special occasions like fourths when you want something bright and cute. Instead of a stately layered cake, this recipe can also be used to conjure up 24 cute, individual cupcakes.

Mom's Lemon Lime Soda Cake

Jocelyn Delk Adams

This is an old recipe that has been in the Delk Adams family for decades. “It was actually the very first cake I learned to bake,” she says. “I suppose not only because it’s my mother’s all-time favorite cake, but also because it was an unintimidating introduction to the world of baking, with results even a nine-year-old girl could master.”

Corn and blueberry sheet cake by Christina Tosi

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This recipe from Milk Bar has one of the most underrated flavors in the pastry world. Ground, freeze-dried corn, also known as corn powder, adds an insanely fresh and natural depth, allowing you to make this cake all year round.

Duff Goldman's Coconut Marshmallow Cake

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Duff Goldman layers this over-the-top cake with a delicious coconut and marshmallow meringue frosting.

Martha Stewart's Easy Upside Down Pineapple Cake

Nathan Congleton / TODAY

We predict that once you’ve made it the fourth time, this upside down pineapple cake will turn up on more than one special occasion!

Strip cake with lemon and blackcurrant

Peden + Munk (C) 2017 / Sweet: Desserts from London’s Ottolenghi

This cake is just so impressive and fun to carve into. The combination of tart lemon and sweet dark berries paired with the rich buttercream frosting makes this a refreshing yet decadent dessert.