Happy 235th Birthday, America!

Happy Independence Day! My friends have apparently decided that American independence is the perfect occasion for a French-Canadian food: poutine. (If you're wondering, yes, it makes about as much sense to me as it probably does to you. Chicago can be a funny place.) Since I won't be eating the most American of foods in honor of our nation's birthday, I've decided to share some of the best-looking Fourth of July treats the internet has to offer with you instead. Drool, and then bake a cake yourself - or at least enjoy some BBQ and fireworks. My plans definitely involve the latter.

First in our gallery, we have two incredible cakes from I Am Baker. They're both inventive, and the one below was created with an awe-inspiring 25 layers. The cake was so tall that it required cutting in half to serve.

Those may be the prettiest cakes, but since I'm rarely interested in actually consuming desserts that aren't covered in chocolate, this creation from Bay Area Bites wins for cake I most want to eat.

And finally, a dose of geekiness for your celebrations: Captain America in cookie form, from Hungry Rabbit. Ken has included the recipe on his site, so head over there for instructions and more gorgeous photos. Happy Fourth of July!


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