Memorial Day is almost here, and whatever your weekend plans entail, we can't think of a better way to celebrate than with a special sweet treat. Whether you prefer a classic patriotic theme or want to get inventive with cupcakes that look like they just came off the grill, stock up on some sugar, heat up the oven, and get baking!
Wow 'Em With Watermelon
Natalie's Cake Pops  came up with the most realistic take on watermelon cake pops — right down to the chocolate chip "seeds."
Stars and Stripes
My Juice Cup  took a creative approach to these red, white, and blue cake pops and displayed them (sans sticks) as an American flag.
No, we didn't accidentally include burgers in a dessert gallery. These incredibly realistic cupcake burgers are the genius product of Pardon My Crumbs  and would be perfect for your Memorial Day barbecue.
Vintage-Inspired Pinwheel Toppers
We love the old-school feel of these vintage-y pinwheel cupcake toppers, made from fondant by Celebrating Moments by Marcie .
Orange You Glad . . .
Nestingproject , a member of the POPSUGAR Food community , shared this delicious recipe for orange creamsicle cupcakes , which would be oh so refreshing on a hot Summer afternoon.
Source: POPSUGAR user Nestingproject 
All Wrapped Up
Make cake pops an easy take-home favor  by wrapping them in cellophane and displaying them near your party's exit.
Hot Off the Grill
Hot Tamales and chocolate cupcakes make for a barbecue treat that's simply en fuego — from Life's a Batch .
Cupcakes on a Stick
My Juice Cup transformed Bakerella's cake pop recipe  into these mini cupcake-cake pop combos.
Cupcakes in a Jar
The perfect party favor that guests can take on the go, these patriotic Cupcakes in a Jar are the brainchild of Glorious Treats  and were featured on The TomKat Studio. Originally intended for a July 4 treat, they're perfect for any Summer holiday.
A Dressed-Up Dessert
Style Me Pretty's DIY tutorial  gives any dessert a charming, retro edge. These would be a great craft for kids at a Memorial Day party!
American as Apple Pie
Mommy Topics  combines two cookout faves — pie and cupcakes — for a Memorial Day sweet treat that's sure to wow a crowd.
Patriotic Push Pops
A new twist on an old favorite, Love From the Oven's Push Pops  feature sweet layers of red and blue frosting.
Bomb Pop Cupcakes
Inspired by the old-school ice cream truck fave, these red, white, and blue cupcakes were reinterpreted from the classic pops by Confessions of a Cookbook Queen .
On the Grill
Using three lollipop sticks instead of one turns your cupcakes into minigrills! Duncan Hines's clever recipe  uses Tootsie Rolls, jellybeans, Mike & Ikes, and a detailed combo of Starbursts and caramel for realistic candy "meat."
Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes
Swapping out ice cream with a frosted cupcake is Love From the Oven 's answer to the issue of the melting ice cream cone.
Red, White, and Blue Jello
Simple yet fun, a platter full of red, white, and blue Jello  is a refreshing finish to a Memorial Day barbecue!
Source: Gimme Some Oven 
Red, White, and Blue Raspberry Candy Bars
Talk about biting into a surprise! These red, white, and blue raspberry candy bars  from Cherry Tea Cakes will give kids a great patriotic surprise when they take their first bite!
Source: Cherry Tea Cakes 
Barbecues aren't reserved for burgers and hot dogs; check out these cookie tacos made from split cookies filled with crushed chocolate biscuits, dried fruit, and coconut over on Amy Atlas's site .
Source: Amy Atlas 
Corn on the Cob Cupcakes
Corn on the cob  never tasted quite this sweet!
Source: Amy Atlas 
A Burger Cake
How fun is this burger cake  that uses two cakes and colored icing to simulate the real thing?
Source: Coco Cake Land