It seems like our 4th of July gatherings may be back to normal this year—think: gathering around a pool with your loved ones, a drink in one hand and a burger in the other. Sounds pretty good, right? In our opinion, every celebration calls for a spectacular dessert, so we’ve gathered 29 of our all-time favorite 4th of July cake recipes. Serve them with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream because after all, this is America’s birthday.
A stellar dessert table should include a solid lineup of pies, ice cream, cookies, and so on. But, in my mind, if you really want a holiday showstopper, you need a cake—one that looks super fancy, but that you don’t need to be an expert baker to pull off. From a classic red, white, and blue American flag cake to a zippy citrus upside-down cake that’s popping with color, these cakes make the sweetest 4th of July standouts. The best part? Just about all of them are beginner-friendly.