Dessert Dishes for the Fourth

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The 4th of July is by far one of my favorite holidays. Each year, my father’s side of the family gathers together here in Kansas City. My uncles and cousins have become BBQ masters, which leaves the rest of us in charge of beverages, side dishes and desserts — my favorite.

Which is why I decided to round-up some great 4th themed desserts this week. For example, this Berry Bursting Cake from is perfect for the occasion. The recipe calls for making a lemon syrup in addition to a cream cheese and whipped cream frosting and the cake pairs nicely with a cool glass of lemonade too.

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If you’re looking for something fun and kid-friendly, check out these 4th of July Cakes in a Jar from Not only are these fun and whimsical, but they make for the perfect parting gift to guests that attend your 4th celebration — that is if your guests can hold out that long.

Plus the jar means this cake is easy to eat while enjoying a nice fireworks display, or standing around watching the kids play with sparklers.

If you’re interested in making a vanilla cake with a special 4th-themed surprise (think flag-themed slices), check out the 4th of July Flag Cake as well.

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And if you’re looking for something that can serve as the perfect distraction when it’s time to put the sparklers away, check out these adorable 4th of July Marshmallow Pops from (The recipe is posted on their friends’ blog

Calling for marshmallows, candy melts and sprinkles, these adorable marshmallow pops may even be more popular than the sparklers.

The best part about these treats is they can be customized for each child — some can be all red, some all blue. In addition, you can get larger pieces of ribbon and fabric pens and write the names of each child attending your 4th celebration on the ribbon, so they’ll have a surprise waiting at the kid’s table when they arrive.