This story was originally published in 2019.
The Fourth of July is approaching, and we’re excited about all the fireworks, outdoor fun, and time with friends. But most importantly we look forward to the food. We’ve all made (or had a professional baker) the perfect Fourth of July cake with white frosting, strawberry stripes, and raspberry stars. Sure, sausages and hamburgers on the grill are fun, but sometimes you just want something with more pizza. Here are five recipes that will take your Fourth of July parties to whole new heights. Whether you’re a host or a guest, you’ll definitely want to incorporate some of these dishes into your party spread.
Banana cake covered with chocolate
This is a step up from the traditional packaged yellow cake and chocolate frosting. Your guests will never know you’re using bananas that have been on your counter for too long. The simple round surface is the perfect canvas for all patriotic cake decorations. Involve the kids and go wild with sprinkles, colorful decorations, chocolate chips, nuts and whatever else you have at hand. Get the recipe here.
Sweet and Spicy Pulled Pork
Sure, hamburgers are a classic, but sliders are a great, party-friendly cousin to burgers. Only eight ingredients are put in the slow cooker for 4-5 hours. Results? A delicious slider filling that resembles the one you spent all day in the kitchen. the truth? Your slow cooker did all the work. And if you’re a vegetarian or vegan (or know your guests will be), substitute the cut pork for the jackfruit. Just know that it may take a little less time to cook. Get the recipe here.
strawberry rhubarb pie
Strawberries and rhubarb are abundant in gardens and farmers’ markets alike. The two got married in this pie that screams summer. The ruby colored filling is wonderfully sweet. Slice, mix, pour, and bake—that’s really all it takes to make a themed pie that everyone will love. Get the recipe here.
Holiday cocktails are important, too. Wow your fellow adult guests with this easy summer makeover. Add some blueberries and berries to up the patriotic aesthetic. Don’t forget the blueberry garnish for the cups. Remember, presentation is everything. Get the recipe here.
Raspberry Cake with Delicate Vanilla Frosting
A Fourth of July spread in this case isn’t complete without some blueberries. This cake is a great way to use up any of last year’s blueberries still sitting in your freezer while you prepare to make room for the upcoming season. Delicate vanilla frosting complements the sweet cake dotted with marine-colored berries. Served straight from the pan, this simple recipe makes it accessible to bakers of all levels. Get the recipe here.