We’re sharing simple tips for decorating a store-bought cake for the 4th of July today!
Raise your hand if it feels like we *just* celebrated Memorial Day?
It feels that way to me too.
Celebrating the 4th of July as a Military Family…
As some of you may know, I grew up in a military family.
Even though we moved around quite a bit, my Mom made sure all the patriotic holidays were celebrated with lots of fanfare.
Most of the time we were visiting our big farm family on the 4th of July.
But as we got older and my parents moved closer to the coast, they not only started hosting our family but all our friends as well.
A few days before the festivities began, my Mom would tuck a list of activities and a menu for the long weekend inside each welcome basket.
That way, everyone would know what to expect and could plan accordingly.
From treasure hunting adventures to family kickball games, to tie-dying shirts to wear to the fireworks display and picnics on the beach, she thought of everything!
One of the easiest ways we’ve found to save time while feeding a crowd is to have a good mix of homemade signature dishes mixed with local restaurant and grocery store favorites.
Especially, where sweet treats and desserts are concerned.
As with our store-bought Easter cake, decorating this store-bought cake for the 4th of July couldn’t have been easier.
Here’s a look at how to decorate a store-bought cake for the 4th of July…
Decorating a Store-Bought Cake for the 4th of July Supplies:
- Cake of your choice from the bakery (we used vanilla, but you could also use red velvet or coconut)
- Other cake decorations or embellishments, optional
- Cake plate
Decorating a Store-Bought Cake for the 4th of July Steps:
Gather your supplies.
Make sure your cake plate is clean.
Wash and dry berries and set them aside.
Using caution and care, remove the cake from the original box or container.
Place the cake on top of the cake plate.
The bakery at our grocery store keeps ready-made cakes like this one in a refrigerated case.
It’s so nice to be able to grab and go. Especially if you’re short on time!
Add a big strawberry (or another food-safe decorative item) to the center of your store-bought cake.
Then slowly add blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries in any design you like.
Keep in mind, that you might have to press the berries ever so slightly to keep them in place.
Once you have the top of your store-bought cake complete, add additional berries around the bottom of your cake.
You can add as many or as little as you like.
Just a quick tip, if you have a big crowd or lots of littles hovering around when you’re cutting the cake, consider not adding as many berries to the back of the cake as you have in the front.
That way, you’re not having to move lots of extra berries out of the way and it will make cutting the cake faster!
Celebrating Patriotic Holidays…
All in all, decorating this store-bought cake for the 4th of July took 2 containers of strawberries and blueberries and 1 container of raspberries and blackberries.
It’s another one of those projects that took longer to drive to the store than it did to put together yet it looks festive and intentional.
Keep in mind, that you can also use this same idea for other holidays such as Bastille Day or omit the blackberries and blueberries to make it red and white for Canada Day!
We hope these tips for how to decorate a store-bought cake for the 4th of July have helped take the pressure off one of the busiest weekends of the summer a bit.
Now, go make some happy memories!
Other Patriotic Ideas to Enjoy:
- Quick and Easy Patriotic Party Cones & Blog Hop
- Patriotic Inspired Grain Sack Runner
- 8 Patriotic DIY Ideas
- Last Minute 4th of July Ideas
- 10 Simple Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day