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Red White & Blue Cupcakes!

 

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

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“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.

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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.

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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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Comments

  1. 101

    These are just wonderful and delicious looking!! So patriotic and fun!!

    Hugs,
    Lana

  2. 102

    These are just wonderful and delicious looking!! So patriotic and fun!!

    Hugs,
    Lana

  3. 103
    Sue Sparks says:

    I have some of those pinwheels/cupcake liners from Wal Mart too:) They're so fun! LOVE your RB&B cupcakes and icing! Happy Independence Day to you!

  4. 104
    Sue Sparks says:

    I have some of those pinwheels/cupcake liners from Wal Mart too:) They're so fun! LOVE your RB&B cupcakes and icing! Happy Independence Day to you!

  5. 105
    kpmattingly says:

    Thanks again for this. I made some today for our campout! Blogging about it Sunday and linking to you! Thanks!

  6. 106
    kpmattingly says:

    Thanks again for this. I made some today for our campout! Blogging about it Sunday and linking to you! Thanks!

  7. 107
    Jenna @ Newlyweds says:

    Wow these are amazing. So creative and cute! I mentioned this post on my blog today.

  8. 108
    Jenna @ Newlyweds says:

    Wow these are amazing. So creative and cute! I mentioned this post on my blog today.

  9. 109

    I'm a day behind with the holiday and travel in letting you know you made this week's Top 5 Hits at Singing With Birds. Please come by, check it out, grab a blog button and happy, happy fourth!

  10. 110

    I'm a day behind with the holiday and travel in letting you know you made this week's Top 5 Hits at Singing With Birds. Please come by, check it out, grab a blog button and happy, happy fourth!

  11. 111
    asterstar says:

    These are so adorable, and puffed up beautifully but as soon as I took them out of the oven they deflated! What did I do wrong??

  12. 112
    asterstar says:

    These are so adorable, and puffed up beautifully but as soon as I took them out of the oven they deflated! What did I do wrong??

  13. 113

    Great recipe and my friends raved about the cupcakes!

  14. 114

    Great recipe and my friends raved about the cupcakes!

  15. 115
    Anonymous says:

    These cupcakes were amazing and SO fun to make! Everyone loved them at the gathering I brought them to last night! :)

  16. 116
    Anonymous says:

    These cupcakes were amazing and SO fun to make! Everyone loved them at the gathering I brought them to last night! :)

  17. 117
    Anonymous says:

    These cup cakes were fun to make and fool proof! Everyone at the picnic loved them. I can't wait to experiment with more colors for different holidays. I would use less confectioners sugar in the frosting though, it was a little too sweet. Otherwise, delicious!

  18. 118
    Anonymous says:

    These cup cakes were fun to make and fool proof! Everyone at the picnic loved them. I can't wait to experiment with more colors for different holidays. I would use less confectioners sugar in the frosting though, it was a little too sweet. Otherwise, delicious!

  19. 119
    Tennsley says:

    Too cute! What a great concept!

  20. 120
    Tennsley says:

    Too cute! What a great concept!

  21. 121

    this really looks amazing, i would like to taste one like this.

  22. 122

    I really wish my walmart would have had pinwheels like that i have been looking everywhere and havent found anything like them… i was also looking for the foil sparkler like toothpick things but cant find them either :(
    O well these are cute !!

  23. 123

    Stopping by to let you know that your Red White and Blue Cupcakes have been featured in my Patriotic Round-up of recipes and craft ideas.

    Thanks for the inspiration,
    Maria
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