Starred and Striped :: Fourth of July Sweets


Happy July, y'all! Three days until we pull out our red, white, and blue (I'll be sporting these with my white chinos) and use every excuse to bask in the sun for almost all twenty-four hours. The Fourth of July is an opportunity to show off our patriotism in all forms and fashions -- food obviously being one of those forms.

Below are the two best Fourth of July desserts for all ages. Simple and summery berries serve as refreshing pops of color, and the prep is easy as ever! If you happen to make one of these holiday desserts, email or Instagram your photo (tagging @cara_melized!). Time to celebrate!


IMG_7641 Summer Berries & Sweet Cream

1 pint strawberries, hulled and halved 1 pint blueberries 1 cup heavy whipping cream 2 tablespoons sugar Orange zest (optional)

1. In a small mixing bowl, blend whipping cream and sugar on medium high speed until frothy and high-peaked.

2. Serve whipped cream over strawberries and blueberries in individual bowls with a sprinkle of orange zest on top. These napkins are super adorable on the side, too!


American Flag Tart

1 frozen puff pastry sheet, thawed 1 cup bluberries 1 cup strawberries, hulled and halved 1 cup vanilla (or cream cheese) icing

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Unroll pastry onto a baking sheet and bake until puffed and golden, about 12 minutes. Remove and cool for 15 minutes.

2. Evenly spread icing over pastry, leaving a 1-inch border. Place blueberries in a square in the top left corner. Then, line strawberries across pastry with 1 inch in between stripes.