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Red White & Blue Cupcakes!

 

Some people like to celebrate the 4th of July with barbecues and fireworks….I say,

 Red White and Blue Cupcakes at TidyMom.net

“Let’s celebrate with cupcakes!!”

If you are looking for an impressive treat for your 4th of July celebration, look no further. These Patriotic Cupcakes are too cute, a box cake mix makes it easy and they are sure to be a hit with the kids. Disclaimer - yes, I’ve heard all the “evil” about food coloring in food…..if this bother’s you, please just close this post.

I’ve seen these cupcakes around the web for a while, like here and here and I’ve been looking forward to trying them myself! I will to say that I was thrilled with the results! They turned out even cuter than I had hoped for.

Here’s what you do:

 

Mix up a batch of white cake batter, using The Perfect Cupcakes (using a mix)

Divide your white cake mix into 3 bowls.

 

Add red gel coloring to one, and blue to another.

I highly recommend using the gel-paste food coloring. The color is concentrated, so it does not require a lot to achieve the hue you’re going for. The liquid food coloring from the grocery store will “water down” your batter.

Spoon a little of each color into your cupcake liners, filling about 1/2 full.

Bake at 350° for 20 mins. and let cool.

Red White and Blue Cupcake Tutorial at TidyMom.net

Next I made a batch of Glory’s Frosting

Vanilla Cream Frosting

Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter, at room temperature
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 to 4 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Instructions

  1. *Place butter in a large mixing bowl and blend slightly. Add cream cheese and blend until combined, about 30 seconds.
  2. Add vanilla and sugar and blend on low until combined. Increase to medium speed and beat until it begins to get fluffy. (*I used clear vanilla to keep my frosting nice and white)
  3. Slowly add the cream a little at a time until desired consistency is met. (Don’t add too much if you want the frosting to stay in place when piped on cupcakes.)
  4. I added some bright white gel coloring at this point to make my frosting nice and white.
  5. Beat until fluffy, about 1 minute.
  6. Pipe onto cupcakes!

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To make my icing multi colored, I tried something new this time.

 

I bought the Wilton Holiday Gels in red and blue and lined the inside of my pastry/decorating bag with 2 stripes of each.

Red White and Blue Cupcakes

I then filled the bag with my white frosting and piped my cupcakes using my Wilton 1M tip.

Red White and Blue Cupcakes

 

I did add some fun patriotic sprinkles to some, that I found in the Dollar Spot at Target a while back, and topped all of them with these little red pin-wheel toppers I picked up at WalMart.

 Red White and Blue Cupcakes at TidyMom.net

See how fun they look when you bite in!

Red White and Blue Cupcakes

I’m going to make these again this weekend as our family all gather’s at our family log home.

 

If you more the adventurous type, you may want to pop over to i am baker, and see the incredible patriotic cake Amanda “whipped up” *you’re in for a treat when she makes an appearance here on TidyMom soon with a fabulous guest post for you guys!!

 

fourth of july cake

While we celebrate with yummy food, I cannot help but think about the life of freedom we have today that is due to all of the people who gave (and are still giving) the ultimate sacrifice in order to protect our country. I appreciate their dedication and sacrifices from the bottom of my heart. It is because of them and their families that we can fly our flags high and be thankful that we live in the U.S.A.

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A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog, TidyMom.net, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+

Comments

  1. 1

    Shut up!! I cant believe you included me in this post… your generosity is just AWESOME!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

    Your cupcakes are AMAZING!

    Its ALL Awesome!

    Blessings-
    Amanda

  2. 2

    Shut up!! I cant believe you included me in this post… your generosity is just AWESOME!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

    Your cupcakes are AMAZING!

    Its ALL Awesome!

    Blessings-
    Amanda

  3. 3

    These look oh so festive!! I never would have thought! How creative and fun! My daughter would looove to make these up for a 4th party! Thank you for the inspiration!
    ~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~

  4. 4

    These look oh so festive!! I never would have thought! How creative and fun! My daughter would looove to make these up for a 4th party! Thank you for the inspiration!
    ~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~

  5. 5

    Ingenious!! Love these. I'd love for you to link it up to my tasty tuesdays bloghop this week if ya can. It'll be up late tonight or tomorrow AM.

  6. 6

    Ingenious!! Love these. I'd love for you to link it up to my tasty tuesdays bloghop this week if ya can. It'll be up late tonight or tomorrow AM.

  7. 7
    Jenglamgirl says:

    so cute love it! ;) and if someone had something bad to say about food coloring… oh' please! there are a million things we shouldn't put in our bodies starting with SODA! have a good one, Jenn

  8. 8
    Jenglamgirl says:

    so cute love it! ;) and if someone had something bad to say about food coloring… oh' please! there are a million things we shouldn't put in our bodies starting with SODA! have a good one, Jenn

  9. 9
    Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} says:

    Too.Fun. I'm gaga over this icing technique! I may have to make these this weekend. Thank you so much for sharing!!

  10. 10
    Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} says:

    Too.Fun. I'm gaga over this icing technique! I may have to make these this weekend. Thank you so much for sharing!!

  11. 11
    Nana's Fun Stuff says:

    These are so cute and what a great way to show the patriotic side!! Love it Cheryl!!

  12. 12
    Nana's Fun Stuff says:

    These are so cute and what a great way to show the patriotic side!! Love it Cheryl!!

  13. 13
    ClassiclyAmber says:

    I love your cupcakes – and Amanda's, too, of course! The miniature pinwheels you've added on top are the PERFECT touch! Glorious~! =-D

  14. 14
    ClassiclyAmber says:

    I love your cupcakes – and Amanda's, too, of course! The miniature pinwheels you've added on top are the PERFECT touch! Glorious~! =-D

  15. 15
    Condo Blues says:

    I used the same technique to make red, white, and blue sugar cookies!

    If you're worried about using dye/food coloring, there are food colorings out there that use natural ingredients but they are spendy.

  16. 16
    Condo Blues says:

    I used the same technique to make red, white, and blue sugar cookies!

    If you're worried about using dye/food coloring, there are food colorings out there that use natural ingredients but they are spendy.

  17. 17
    Glory/ Glorious Treats says:

    These look like celebration cupcakes to me!! So fun!!
    Thanks SO MUCH for linking to me!!
    Have a great 4th of July weekend!!
    Hugs!! XX

  18. 18
    Glory/ Glorious Treats says:

    These look like celebration cupcakes to me!! So fun!!
    Thanks SO MUCH for linking to me!!
    Have a great 4th of July weekend!!
    Hugs!! XX

  19. 19
    Shelley says:

    CHERYL!!! These are incredible! I actually clicked over from TasteSpotting and WAS SOOO excited when I saw you were the face behind these gorgeous cupcakes! -We are both thinking 4th of July Cupcakes,…I posted some today too. -Great minds think alike. ;) -Shelley@HowDoesShe

  20. 20
    Shelley says:

    CHERYL!!! These are incredible! I actually clicked over from TasteSpotting and WAS SOOO excited when I saw you were the face behind these gorgeous cupcakes! -We are both thinking 4th of July Cupcakes,…I posted some today too. -Great minds think alike. ;) -Shelley@HowDoesShe

  21. 21
    This Mom says:

    These look amazing…since I'm in Canada, I'll just leave out the blue and I'll be all set for Canada Day! Enjoy!

    Kate @ This Mom Loves

  22. 22
    This Mom says:

    These look amazing…since I'm in Canada, I'll just leave out the blue and I'll be all set for Canada Day! Enjoy!

    Kate @ This Mom Loves

  23. 23

    Your cupcakes and the post are all lovely. Love the little *windmill* decoration. Tops everything off so nicely, a touch of whimsy:)

  24. 24

    Your cupcakes and the post are all lovely. Love the little *windmill* decoration. Tops everything off so nicely, a touch of whimsy:)

  25. 25
    ajcabuang04 says:

    This is definitely very patriotic. It looks great!!

    Would you mind checking out my blog? :D
    http://ajscookingsecrets.blogspot.com/

  26. 26
    ajcabuang04 says:

    This is definitely very patriotic. It looks great!!

    Would you mind checking out my blog? :D
    http://ajscookingsecrets.blogspot.com/

  27. 27

    Are you kidding?! This is so CUTE!! Everything you touch is magic girl. ;) These cupcakes are the BEST. I double love them.

  28. 28

    Are you kidding?! This is so CUTE!! Everything you touch is magic girl. ;) These cupcakes are the BEST. I double love them.

  29. 29
    Maranda says:

    These are awesome! Thanks for sharing such a fabulous idea!!

  30. 30
    Maranda says:

    These are awesome! Thanks for sharing such a fabulous idea!!

  31. 31
    shopannies says:

    thanks for sharing this idea

  32. 32
    shopannies says:

    thanks for sharing this idea

  33. 33
    Urvashee says:

    So beautiful! Love the patriotic colors.

  34. 34
    Urvashee says:

    So beautiful! Love the patriotic colors.

  35. 35
    LisaGoeke says:

    You are making me hungry!! The other day, I think on Great Day St. Louis, they had a lady show how she made the flag cake. It actually looked pretty easy (and really yummy!). I <3 your food blogs!! :)

  36. 36
    LisaGoeke says:

    You are making me hungry!! The other day, I think on Great Day St. Louis, they had a lady show how she made the flag cake. It actually looked pretty easy (and really yummy!). I <3 your food blogs!! :)

  37. 37
    The Duchess of Wessex says:

    I have just printed your perfect cupcake and these icing recipes out, with thanks to you, of course! Your cupcakes look fantastic!

    You know our son is returning from his deployment in Afghanistan on July 4th, so we have much to celebrate! I may just surprise him with your cupcakes!

  38. 38
    The Duchess of Wessex says:

    I have just printed your perfect cupcake and these icing recipes out, with thanks to you, of course! Your cupcakes look fantastic!

    You know our son is returning from his deployment in Afghanistan on July 4th, so we have much to celebrate! I may just surprise him with your cupcakes!

  39. 39
    bridget {bake at 350} says:

    Cheryl…they are beautiful!!! I love the little pinwheel toppers and the liners…they just make them even more perfect!

    I will look for those Wilton gels. Totally laughing about the food coloring! You know it doesn't scare ME! ;)

  40. 40
    bridget {bake at 350} says:

    Cheryl…they are beautiful!!! I love the little pinwheel toppers and the liners…they just make them even more perfect!

    I will look for those Wilton gels. Totally laughing about the food coloring! You know it doesn't scare ME! ;)

  41. 41
    kpmattingly says:

    I think I will make these for our campout this weekend for the kids. Thanks for the info on how you did the colored frosting. I might have to give that a try too!

  42. 42
    kpmattingly says:

    I think I will make these for our campout this weekend for the kids. Thanks for the info on how you did the colored frosting. I might have to give that a try too!

  43. 43

    I've made these cupcakes but I have never used that piping trick. I officially LOVE.

    LOVE!!! YAY!

    bring on the food coloring (ahem)

  44. 44

    I've made these cupcakes but I have never used that piping trick. I officially LOVE.

    LOVE!!! YAY!

    bring on the food coloring (ahem)

  45. 45
    Ott, A. says:

    I had this same idea only I filled the batter straight across and have even lines of red, white and blue rather than clumps. You'll have to stop by and see them at http://alattewithotta.blogspot.com/2010/06/patriottic-cupcakes.html

  46. 46
    Ott, A. says:

    I had this same idea only I filled the batter straight across and have even lines of red, white and blue rather than clumps. You'll have to stop by and see them at http://alattewithotta.blogspot.com/2010/06/patriottic-cupcakes.html

  47. 47
    Bethany @ The Paper Pony says:

    I love the swirly frosting! So cute and festive.

  48. 48
    Bethany @ The Paper Pony says:

    I love the swirly frosting! So cute and festive.

  49. 49
    HoosierHomemade says:

    How cute are those! I saw them in my email today, and was really hoping you would link up! Thanks so much!
    ~Liz

  50. 50
    HoosierHomemade says:

    How cute are those! I saw them in my email today, and was really hoping you would link up! Thanks so much!
    ~Liz

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