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Recipes for your NYC July 4th Party

Recipes for your NYC July 4th Party

Need some recipes to brighten up your July 4th party this year? Of course, you know all about the typical July 4th BBQ foods, but what about some fun July 4th dessert recipes? Everyone is expecting to eat burgers and hot dogs for the day so why not treat your guests to something sweet. Get ready to impress your guests with these dessert recipes and make this NYC July 4th party one to remember!

NYC July 4th Party Dessert Recipes

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NYC July 4th partyAmerican Flag Cake

Why not go the traditional route and have a cake available for dessert at your NYC July 4th party? This red, white, and blue cake will not only be delicious, but will also please your eyes. Slice into this cake and celebrate your American pride this year!

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  • 3 (10.25 ounce) packages white cake mix
  • 9 egg whites
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons clear vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring
  • 1 tablespoon blue food coloring
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 10 cups fluffy white frosting
  • 1 tablespoon white chocolate chips, or as needed
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar, or as needed
  • 1 4-inch round paper or cardboard stencil


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and line 4 8-inch round cake pans with parchment paper.
  2. Combine white cake mix, egg whites, vegetable oil, milk, and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl. Beat for 30 seconds using an electric mixer on low speed. Increase mixer speed to medium and beat for 2 more minutes. The batter will still be slightly lumpy.
  3. To make the red cakes, measure half the batter into a separate bowl and whisk in red food coloring. Evenly transfer the red batter into 2 of the 8-inch prepared cake pans; smooth tops of batter with a spatula. Transfer half of the remaining uncolored batter into a 3rd prepared cake pan; smooth top as before. This will be the white cake portion.
  4. Add blue food coloring to the remaining uncolored batter in the large mixing bowl; fold 1 cup white chocolate chips into blue batter until combined. Transfer batter to remaining prepared 8-inch cake pan; smooth top of batter with a spatula.
  5. Bake all 4 cakes in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of each cake comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Remove the cakes from oven and place onto cooling racks until cooled completely.
  6. Run a knife around edge of each cooled cake. Invert cakes, remove pans, and peel off parchment paper. Use a sharp knife to trim tops of cakes flat and even.
  7. Cut both of the red cake layers and the white cake layer in half horizontally. You will have 4 thin red cake layers and 2 thin white cake layers.
  8. Place a 4-inch round stencil on top of 1 thin red cake layer; cut out a 4-inch red cake round. Repeat, placing stencil on 1 thin white cake layer to make 1 4-inch white cake round. Center the 4-inch round stencil on the blue cake; cut out and remove center portion covered by the stencil to make a blue cake ring.
  9. To assemble the cake, you will need 2 thin 8-inch red cake layers, 1 thin 8-inch white cake layer, 1 4-inch thin red cake circle, 1 4-inch thin white cake circle, and 1 blue 8-inch cake ring. Reserve the leftover thin red cake layer and other cake pieces for making crumbs for decorating.
  10. To assemble cake, place 1 8-inch thin red cake layer on a cake pan and frost the top generously with white frosting. Place the thin 8-inch white cake layer on top of the red one, and frost the top. Place remaining 8-inch thin red cake layer atop the white one. Frost the red layer.
  11. Place the blue ring cake on top of the 2nd red cake layer and carefully frost the inside of the blue cake ring. Gently fit the 4-inch white cake layer into the blue cake ring. Frost the top of the 4-inch white center. Place the 4-inch red cake layer on top of the white one. Gently press small cake circles flush with the top of the blue ring.
  12. Frost the entire outside of the cake generously with the remaining frosting.
  13. Crumble red and blue pieces of leftover cake into 2 separate bowls. Score lines into the top of the cake’s frosting with a kitchen knife to make a flag design on top of the cake. It should have a 2-inch square at the upper left for blue field and white stars, and 7 thick horizontal stripes about 1 inch wide.
  14. Fill the square field at the upper left with blue crumbs and press 1 tablespoon white chocolate chips upside-down into the blue crumbs to make ‘stars.’ Fill the bottom stripe and every other stripe with red crumbs to make red stripes. Sprinkle white sugar generously into the white stripes to make them stand out.
  15. To serve, cut cake into wedges. The inside of the cake will reveal its layers of red and white stripes and blue field with white chocolate chip stars in every slice.

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NYC July 4th recipeFourth of July Layered Gelatin

This recipe is perfect for kids and people who are young at heart. This pretty layered gelatin combines cherry and blue raspberry Jell-O with sweetened condensed milk separating the two. Make a couple of these layered gelatin treats and keep the kids entertained and happy at your NYC July 4th party!

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  • 1 (6 ounce) package cherry flavored Jell-O® mix
  • 2 (.25 ounce) envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 4 (.25 ounce) envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (6 ounce) package blue raspberry flavored Jell-O® mix
  • 2 (.25 ounce) envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water


  1. Place cherry gelatin mix into a heatproof bowl, stir in 1 packet of unflavored gelatin, and mix with 2 cups of boiling water, stirring until the gelatin has dissolved and the mixture is clear, about 2 minutes. Pour into the bottom of a 9×13 rectangular glass baking dish. Place in refrigerator until completely cold and set, about 1 hour.
  2. Sprinkle 4 packets of unflavored gelatin onto 1 cup of boiling water in a heatproof bowl, allow to stand for about 3 minutes, and stir until dissolved; mix in the sweetened condensed milk. Allow to cool but not thicken, about 10 minutes; gently pour into a layer on top of the cherry layer. Return to refrigerator and allow to chill completely, about 1 more hour.
  3. Place blue raspberry gelatin mix and 1 packet of unflavored gelatin into a heatproof bowl, and mix with 2 cups of boiling water, stirring until the blue gelatin is clear, about 2 minutes. Allow to stand and cool but not thicken, about 10 minutes; gently pour onto the white layer. Chill in refrigerator until the dessert is firm and cold, about 1 hour. To serve, cut into squares.

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NYC July 4th partyRed, White, and Booze Pops

Really want to impress your guests this year at your July 4th party? Treat them to these frozen patriotic popsicles with an extra twist! Vodka and fresh fruits come together to make these red, white, and booze pops perfect for cooling off from the summer heat at your NYC July 4th party.

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Simple Syrup:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water

Strawberry Layer:

  • 1 1/3 cups quartered fresh strawberries
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vodka

Cheesecake Layer:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon vodka

Blueberry Layer:

  • 1 1/3 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vodka


  1. Whisk sugar and water together in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and syrup is clear, 2 to 3 minutes. Cool syrup to room temperature.
  2. Blend strawberries, 1 1/2 tablespoons syrup, and 1 1/2 tablespoons vodka together in a blender or food processor until smooth. Pour strawberry mixture into the bottoms of 6 ice pop molds; freeze until firm, at least 1 hour.
  3. Whisk cream cheese and 1 1/2 tablespoons syrup together in a bowl until smooth; whisk in 1 tablespoon vodka. Pour cheese mixture into ice pop molds on top of firm strawberry layer; freeze until cream cheese layer is firm, at least 1 hour.
  4. Blend blueberries, 1 1/2 tablespoons syrup, and 1 1/2 tablespoons vodka together in a blender or food processor until smooth. Pour blueberry mixture on top of firm cheesecake layer; freeze until solid, 8 hours to overnight.

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NYC July 4th recipeThe Rocket Slushie

Want another frozen treat recipe for your NYC July 4th party? Check out this slushie inspired drink that looks and taste just like a rocket ice pop! Lemon flavored vodka and raspberry liqueur come together and make this irresistible frozen dessert.

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  • 1 cup finely crushed ice (to slush consistency)
  • 1/4 fluid ounce blue curacao liqueur
  • 2 fluid ounces lemon-flavored vodka, divided
  • 1/4 fluid ounce raspberry flavored liqueur


  1. Place half the ice into a bowl; divide the other half of the ice between 2 bowls (1/4 cup of ice in each). Place blue curacao liqueur and 1/2 fluid ounce of lemon vodka into a bowl containing 1/4 cup of ice. Mix well. Place raspberry liqueur and 1/2 fluid ounce of lemon vodka into the other 1/4 cup of ice and mix well. Mix the remaining 1 fluid ounce of lemon vodka into the bowl containing 1/2 cup of ice.
  2. Layer the blue curacao-flavored ice into the bottom of a glass. Place the lemon vodka-flavored ice over the blue layer; top with the raspberry-flavored ice.

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