The 4th of July is cause for celebration, and that means you need a festive dessert. These cakes, pies, ice pops, and other sweet treats definitely all fit the bill (although if you need something quick and easy, click here for no-bake summer desserts), and are sure to elicit oohs and ahs from even the most discerning crowd. In fact, they might even distract from the fireworks display.
The first one of our best 4th of July recipes is this berry butter cake. It looks impressive with its lofty layers of cake, tangy mascarpone cream, and fresh berries, and it tastes even better, like a perfect bite of summer. Keep clicking through the slideshow for even more stunners.