HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) – Don’t let the fireworks steal the show this Fourth of July! We’re putting together some ideas for a patriotic spread that’ll have you seeing red, white and blue.
1. Flag Fruit Tart: Turn an ordinary sheet cake or baked good into a delicious representation of the flag with the help of seasonal fruits. Simply spread frosting, whipped cream or custard over your cake, and then top with sliced or whole fruits (blueberries and strawberries, in this case) in the stars and stripes pattern. Try other fruits, as well, such as raspberries, sliced grapes, blackberries or add in banana slices for the white stripes.
2. Patriotic Punch: White grape juice turns festive with the addition of the right red, white and blue fruits! Toss some blueberries and chopped strawberries into your pitcher. Then, slice an apple and use a cookie cutter to cut them into star shapes. Bonus Tip: Freeze the apple star slices and blueberries to keep your Fourth of July drink cool.
3. Colorful Cupcakes: If you’re hosting or going to a cookout, odds are you may be thinking about whipping up a batch of cupcakes. Use the batter and frosting to your advantage this Fourth of July, and look for ways to create red, white and blue combinations. Try white cake topped with bright blue frosting and red sprinkles, or even red velvet cupcakes with white icing and blue confetti sprinkles. Pinwheels or flag toothpick decorations pull the look together.
Take a look at our Pinterest board for more Independence Day inspiration.