4th of July cupcakes

Fireworks Cupcakes

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It’s almost time for the 4th of July which means it’s almost party time! Well, at least in the United States that’s what it means. I like to make themed food for special holidays and for the 4th of July I make these red, white, and blue cupcakes. They are easy to make, taste great, and they are festive.

Fireworks Cupcakes

Makes 24 cupcakes


1 box of french vanilla cake mix

3 eggs

1/2 C (1 stick) of softened unsalted sweet cream butter

1 C whole milk

1TBSP pure vanilla bean paste

Cupcake liners

Cupcake pan

3 small ice cream scoops

Directions for cupcakes

Preheat oven to 350 and line cupcake pan with the liners

In a medium bowl, combine the cake mix, butter, milk, and vanilla bean paste and mix until combined

Divide the batter into 3 bowls, leaving 1 of them white.

Add a few drops of the red food coloring into 1 bowl and mix.

Add a few a few more drops until you get a slightly darker shade.

Add drops of the blue food coloring into the second bowl and mix

Add a few more drops and mix until you get the shade you want.

Using a 1 ice cream scoop for each color, alternate the batter by dropping in a small amount of the red first then blue then white.

Bake in the oven for about 21 minutes

Pull out and place on the side to cool

Frosting Ingredients 

1 C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened

2 1/2 C powder sugar

1 tsp vanilla

3-5 TBSP heavy whipping cream

Blue and red food coloring

3 bowls

3 medium star tip and 3 pastry bags


Using a standing mixer, combine all ingredients except the food coloring into the bowl and mix on medium speed

If your frosting starts looking like powdery rocks, add another tablespoon of heavy whipping cream

Mix until you see creamy stiff peaks

Separate the frosting into three bowls

Add the red food dye into one bowl

Add the blue food dye into the second bowl

Leave the third bowl white

Take one of each of the piping bags and fill it with a color

Directions for decorating

Take a cooled cupcake and pipe on a large circle of the red frosting.

Take the white frosting and pipe on a smaller circle

Take the blue frosting and pipe on a even smaller circle

Using the white frosting, pipe on just a small amount on the top.



Do you have a fun 4th of July treat you make? Share it with us in the comments below.

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