Tag: 4th of july dessert

Fresh Berry Pastel De Tres Leches

Fresh Berry Pastel De Tres Leches

I have always been intimidated by pastel de tres leches. It is my cake of choice for every birthday I celebrate and happens to be one of my favorites. I like it topped with fresh fruit best. I decided to gift it to America for it Independence Day celebration.

Ingredients for Pastel De Tres Leches:

  • a box of cake mix (white or yellow) (bake according to instructions- time, temp, and ingredients)
  • 3/4 – cup of fresh blueberries
  • circle cookie cutter (optional)
  • 1/2 – cup half and half
  • 1 – cup milk
  • 6 – ounces of sweetened condensed milk
  • cool whip
  • fresh strawberries cut into star shapes and blueberries for the top of cake


  1. Mix cake batter per instructions on the package, then add in blueberries. Pour batter into a 9×13 baking pan lined with wax paper. Allow to come to room temperature. Then place in the fridge over night.
  2. Poke cake all over with fork to allow liquid to soak into cake.
  3. In a bowl add half and half, milk, and sweetened condensed milk. Mix to combine.
  4. Then gently pour all the liquid over the entire cake or cut the cake with a circle cookie cutter to make individual circles.
  5. Frost top of cake with cool whip and then decorate with star shaped strawberries and blueberries.
  6. Enjoy!
Red White and Blue Lemonade Paletas

Red White and Blue Lemonade Paletas

We are heating up in Los Angeles, and 4th of July is around the corner… that can only mean one thing…. Paleta time! These strawberry, blueberry, and chia seed lemonade paletas had to be made.

Ingredients for Paletas:

  • 3/4 – cup fresh strawberries
  • 1 – cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 – cups water
  • 5 – lemons (juiced)
  • 1/2 – tablespoon chia seeds
  • 3/4 – cup fresh blueberries
  • Paleta mold


  1. Add blueberries, 1/4 cup sugar, and 3/4 cup water to a blender and blend on high until smooth.
  2. Pour the first layer into popsicle molds filling them only 1/3 of the way up.
  3. Place in the freezer to set first layer for 3 hours.
  4. Next mix lemon juice and 1/2 cup sugar in a bowl. Mix until sugar is completely dissolved. Add in 1 cup water and chia seeds to lemon/ sugar mixture. Set to the side for chia seeds to expand while you wait for the first layer to freeze.
  5. Now pour the chia seed lemonade mixture into the molds and fill up to the 2/3 mark. Place sticks into the paletas and place bak into the freezer for 2 hours.
  6. Add strawberries, 1/4 cup sugar, and 3/4 cup water to a blender, and blend until pulpy but slightly smooth. Pour the strawberry mixture into the paleta molds to the top. Place in the freezer overnight.
  7. To unmold paletas by placing molds into a bath of luke-warm water for 20 to 25 seconds then gently pull out.
  8. Enjoy!
Pastel De Gelatin – 4th of July Style

Pastel De Gelatin – 4th of July Style

My tia makes the best jello cake. She calls them “Pastel de Gelatin.” I personally don’t care what she calls them as long as I get my slice. This year I took my personal stab at it and bought it out in true 4th of July style. One fork in you’ll make jello cakes a part of your summer too!


  • 1 – white cake mix
  • 1 – 6 oz. box of strawberry jello
  • 1 – 6. Oz box of blue jello
  • 2 – cups boiling hot water
  • a fork
  • 1/2 – pint fresh blueberries
  • 1 – basket fresh strawberries
  • 24 – ounces cool whip


  1. Bake cake per the instructions on the box in two 8 inch round pans lined with wax paper.
  2. Boil water, then place the cherry jello in one bowl and the blue jello in the other bowl. Add 1 cup of water into both bowls. Stir to completely dissolve gelatin. Set each bowl to the side.
  3. Remove cakes from oven and poke about twenty holes into each cake with a fork. Then slowly pour 1 cup of the liquid jello mixture over each cake. The first cake gets poured with red, and the second cake gets poured with blue.
  4. Place cakes in the fridge to set for 4 hours.
  5. Then carefully remove cakes from pan. Remove wax paper from the bottom of the cakes. Place one of the cake layers on a plate.
  6. Take a scoop of cool whip and frost the top of the first layer of cake, then top with blueberries.
  7. Add the second layer of cake and frost the entire cake. Sprinkle with strawberries.
  8. Place back in the fridge to chill for at least an hour.
  9. Enjoy!
Stained Glass Gelatina Squares For 4th of July!

Stained Glass Gelatina Squares For 4th of July!

There has been lots of 4th of July love going on in my kitchen lately. My son has recently fallen in love with gelatinas (Jello). These patriotic squares are the perfect independence day treat, and super easy to make. If you can boil water then you can make these with your eyes closed. Make them a day or two before the 4th and you’ll be set for the big show.

Ingredients for Stained Glass Jello:

  • 1 – 6 oz. box of red jello
  • 1 – 6 oz. box of blue jello
  • 1 – packet of knox gelatin
  • 6 – cups boiling hot water
  • 1 – can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 – cups of milk


  1. In two 6 x 8 pans fill the first one with red jello and the second one with the blue jello.
  2. Add 2 cups of water to each mix and mix to completely dissolve jello. Then place in the fridge for jello to set for a minimum of 2 hours.
  3. Remove from fridge and carefully remove jello slabs from pans. Cut the slabs into 1 inch squares. Then mix the two different colored squares together.
  4. Add the jello squares into a large 9×13 inch dish. Set to the side.
  5. In a different bowl add packet of knox gelatin and 1 cup of boiling hot water to the bowl and mix till completely dissolved.
  6. Once gelatin is dissolved add condensed milk and milk to the dissolved gelatin. Mix until completely incorporated.
  7. Then pour white gelatin mixture over the colored jello squares and put back in the fridge over night.
  8. Remove the jello slab from the pan, and with a knife cut into squares.
  9. Enjoy!