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4th of July dessert recipes

Brandi is natural born food lover of anything from gourmet cheeses and wine down to plain baked breads. When not in the kitchen cooking, she loves to be outdoors, especially near the ocean. She puts her focus mainly on healthy organic ea...

Sweet and petite Independence Day treats, 3 different ways

Just like Christmas, Independence Day comes but once a year, which means that this is your golden opportunity to put your red, white and blue baking skills to the test. But instead of making a full-sized flag cake for your Fourth of July barbecue (as is tradition), we've come up with three new ways to condense your love of patriotic treats.

These mini July 4th desserts are edible proof that delicious things come in small packages:

Bite-sized red white and blue layer cakes recipe

Sweet and petite Independence Day treats, 3 different ways
Image: Brandi Bidot

Yields 1 dozen mini layer cake bites


  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 bottle red food coloring
  • 1 bottle blue coloring
  • 2 containers white frosting
  • 10 to 12 small jars with lids, washed and dried
  • Red, white and blue sprinkles
  • Mini cupcake pan
  • Mini cupcake liners


  1. Prepare the cake batter as directed on the box. Once the batter is mixed, separate the batter into two separate bowls trying to get equal amounts of the batter into each bowl.
  2. In one bowl add the red food coloring and in the second bowl add the blue. Each brand of food coloring seems to vary as far as coloring so use the amount of food coloring you feel necessary to achieve the desired shades of red and blue.
  3. Once both batters are colored, line the mini cupcake pan with the mini cupcake liners and fill with the two cake batters (make solid color cakes, do not mix the colors) and bake as directed on the package. (Try to bake equal parts of both red and blue mini cupcakes.)
  4. Once the cupcakes are done baking set on the counter and allow to cool completely.
  5. Once cool remove the cupcakes from the pan and remove the cup cake liner. Slice each cupcake in half (so you have a top and a bottom). Do this for the all of the remaining cupcake
  6. On a large serving plate place the bottom of one of the red cupcakes. Add frosting then adding the top of the cupcake. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes.
  7. Garnish with extra frosting and red white and blue sprinkles and serve.

More: Mini strawberry lemonade cupcakes recipe

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