This Red, White, & Blue Dessert Cake Is the Best Fourth of July Recipe!

This red, white, and blue dessert cake is perfect for all of your patriotic party needs! It requires zero baking and is completely customizable. No cherries? Use strawberries! Not a fan of blackberries? Go all blueberries. The mascarpone-laced whipped cream and citrus caramel-drenched Ladyfinger cookies make this dessert a real stunner!

The sky is the limit, and this simple red, white, and blue dessert cake is mile-high!

A top down view of a red, white, and blue dessert cake topped with mascarpone  whipped cream, pitted cherries and fresh blueberries and blackberries.

It may look super difficult but this fourth of July recipe is actually pretty simple. This stack cake is the best dessert recipe for entertaining because not only is it delicious and looks impressive, but it needs to be made a day ahead of when you plan to serve it.

So, basically, it’s a cake that requires you to get the work done in advance so you can just sit back and relax come party time.

This easy fourth of July recipe only has 3 components!

This red, white, and blue dessert cake from the side view. Stacked citrus-caramel soaked Lady Fingers, layered with with mascarpone whipped cream and fresh cherries, blackberries and blueberries

Citrus Caramel-laced Lady Fingers

Oh yes, yes I did! And you totally should too.

I know that making a citrus caramel may sound intimidating, but I am going to share with you how to make it quick and easy in a non-stick skillet.

Until recently, I thought any dessert requiring Ladyfingers was out of the question for us, but we actually found really delicious gluten-free Ladyfinger cookies from Schar. They are worth every penny!

The fruit component.

This is where you can DIY different flavor combinations if this recipe until your heart is content!

Try strawberry with thinly sliced basil leaves over the top or blueberry and blackberry with a sprinkle of mint. You quite literally cannot go wrong!

A red, white, and blue dessert cake from the front view. Layers of lady fingers, whipped cream, and fresh fruit.

Mascarpone Whipped Cream, need I say more?

I mean – you just can’t get much more decadent than this spread!

You may notice that there isn’t a lot of sugar in the whipped cream and that is by design.

The more savory flavor of the rich mascarpone whip will help cut through the cloyingly sweet citrus caramel.

Looking for more delicious red, white, and blue dessert recipes?

It can be hard to find patriotic recipes that actually taste great. Trust me, I know! I’ve personally tried the recipes below and they are all worthy of your next fourth of July celebration!

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Red, White, and Blue Dunk and Slather Board

This patriotic-inspired cheeseboard spread showcases some of my favorite breakfast eats like homemade ricotta, strawberry rose jam, and blueberry lavender jam.

A collage of 4 different red, white, and blue dessert recipes.

The Best Red, White and Blue Desserts on the Internet

I hunted down over 25 of the BEST red, white, and blue dessert recipes and shared them on the California Grown blog this week. Be sure to pin this one for later!

a clear glass with lemon curd in the bottom, miniature store bought meringues, whipped cream, and fresh berries

Stunning 5-minute Pavlova Parfaits

This red, white, and blue dessert is patriotic and SIMPLE!!! Four types of luscious summer berries, whipped cream, lemon curd, and crispy meringues all layered in cute little juice glasses.

Red, white, and blue popsicles on a platter of ice.

Healthy Patriotic Popsicles

Fresh summer berries and cherries pair perfectly with creamy vanilla yogurt in these popsicles that I created recently for California Grown!

A roll cake that is red filled woth whipped cream and blue berries.

Red, White, and Blueberry Roll Cake

I have made and savored every bite of this delicious roll cake from G Free Foodie!

It may look like a work of art, but this cake is simple to bake and even simpler to prepare.

If making this red, white, and blue dessert gluten-free, you better take it from me and just order the Ladyfingers online!

I hate not having the products I need when I need them, don’t you?! I first tried these gluten-free ladyfingers at a trade show a few years ago and I was blown away. When I decided to make this stack cake I knew I had to find them, so I searched and searched and then linked them below so you don’t have to!

Schar Gluten Free Lady Fingers

Order online and keep these cookies on hand at all times!

Finding great gluten-free products can be really hard, that is why we always share our favorite products here with you like these gluten-free Ladyfingers from Schar.

Ladyfinger cookies are an essential component to this recipe and to recipes like tiramisu.

If you’ve made our Red, White, and Blue Dessert Cake I would be so grateful if you would give the recipe a star rating and let me know what you think in the comments below! 


Red, White, and Blue Dessert Cake

A red, white, and blue dessert cake from the side view. Stacked citrus-caramel soaked Lady Fingers, layered with with mascarpone whipped cream and fresh cherries, blackberries and blueberries

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  • Author: This Mess is Ours
  • Prep Time: 35 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free



2 cups granulated sugar

6 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup  water, divided

2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest

1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

8 ounces mascarpone cheese

2 cups heavy cream

1/2 cup powdered sugar 

pinch of coarse kosher salt 

15 gluten-free ladyfingers

1 pound fresh fruit combination of choice, pitted and or sliced if needed


Make the Citrus Caramel 

Combine the granulated sugar and 6 tablespoons of water in a small saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat; continue booking for 1 minute until the sugar dissolves. 

Uncover and continue boiling, gently swirling the pan as the color of the caramel develops around the edges. After 3-4 minutes, the sugar mixture will have turned a medium shade of amber and become fragrant. Remove from the heat and carefully add the orange zest, juice, and remaining 1/2 cup water all at one time. The mixture will sputter and steam, so use caution. Stir until smooth; if necessary, return the pan to low heat to liquefy completely. Transfer to a shallow, heatproof container and set aside for 10 minutes to cool slightly.

Make the Mascarpone Whipped Cream

In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip the mascarpone cheese, heavy cream, powdered sugar, and pinch of salt on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. 

To assemble the Red, White, and Blue Dessert Cake.

Working one at a time, use tongs to dip 5 of the ladyfingers in the citrus caramel carefully. Turn the ladyfinger to fully coat, then hold over the bowl to allow the excess to drip back in.

Place the ladyfingers one at a time next to each other in a snug row on a serving platter. Spread a thin layer of the mascarpone whipped cream over the layer of the top of the ladyfingers. Top with one-third of the fruit in a single layer. 

Repeat dipping and layering twice more. Cover loosely but fully refrigerate for at least 24 hours and up to 2 days before serving. 

To serve, top with more halved or whole berries and then slice between each row of ladyfingers. Each slice can then be halved down the middle easily creating 2 servings per slice. 


Keywords: ladyfingers, gluten free ladyfingers, cherry, blueberry, blackberry, mascarpone whipped cream, no bake cake, red white and blue dessert

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