I don't think I have ever been to a 4th of July BBQ that did not have a big fresh watermelon sliced up in huge wedges. In case you don't want to lug a heavy watermelon to your 4th of July festivities this weekend, try these out instead.
4th of July Picnic with Watermelon Cupcakes and 4th of July Cupcakes* (in the middle tray)
1 box mix or recipe for your favorite white cake (or yellow, golden, vanilla, etc)
red food coloring
chocolate chips (as many as you want)
2 cans or 1 recipe for your favorite icing
green food coloring
white or light pink cupcake liners (you want the red cake to show through so pick something slightly transparent)
Take a white cake batter (or yellow, vanilla, golden, etc) and put a few drops of red food coloring into the batter until you get the color you want.
Mix in the chocolate chips. (I have heard that you can coat the chocolate chips in flour which helps them not sink to the bottom of the cake/cupcakes while baking; I didn't really have a problem with this but you can try this if you're worried about sinking chocolate chips.)
Spoon the batter into the cupcake liners and bake according to the mix or recipe instructions.
Mix the green food coloring into the icing until you get the shade of green you like.
After the cupcakes have cooled, frost with the green icing.
*4th of July Cupcakes frosted white and topped with red, white and blue sprinkles and shimmery red, white and blue stream picks.