4th of July (American Flag) Cupcakes

4th of July is one of the happiest days in my year. I love BBQs and parades and fireworks. I love red, white, and blue. These patriotic cupcakes are a testimony of my love for America, I like to make them to honor our flag.

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The other day I remembered a valuable lesson. I wanted to make these cupcakes for an event that I was attending and I was in a hurry and my heart wasn’t in it. But I made 3 batches of cupcakes from scratch and started to make the frosting anyway. They just didn’t look right and they tasted, well, not the taste I was going for. The word disgusting comes into mind. I opened my trash can and watched my afternoon fall into the garbage can.

I knew better than to try to bake something when I was not feeling it and when it was 100+ degrees outside. I was baking out of obligation. The thing is, it was self-imposed obligation. No one would care if I showed up with cupcakes or not. The lesson is this, cut yourself a break sometimes. I was depressed about my big baking fail and it set the tone for everything else that I did for the rest of the day. The next day I showed up to the event empty handed and no one noticed or even cared. Lesson learned.

So today, I decided to head back into my kitchen. Today I did something that I normally would not do. I opened a box of cake mix. Guess what, my cupcakes are delicious and they scream fun. They scream 4th of July and they scream celebration. And I love them. I take my red, white and blue seriously and do not have a subtle hand with it. If I can sparkle it, give it some patriotic colors, or stick a flag into it, so help me, I am going to do it.

Remember my Flag Cake? Or my Rainbow Cupcakes? If they got married and had a baby, this is what that baby would look like.

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Ingredients //

  • 2 boxes of white cake mix
  • red food coloring
  • blue food coloring
  • red and blue glitter gel
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 brick of cream cheese
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
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How to Make Perfect 4th of July Cupcakes //

Step 1:

Make 2 boxes of your favorite white cake mix. I use gel food coloring because the color is deep and true. You can get it at craft supply store or order it online. Get your batters to your desired colors. Remember though that it will bake a touch darker.

Step 2:

I start with blue on the bottom.

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Step 3:

Add the white layer, then cover the top with red. I spread the red all over the top because I want people to be surprised when they bite into these.

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Step 4:

I made a batch of cream cheese frosting. (I used 1 stick of butter, 1 brick of cream cheese, 2-3 cups powdered sugar, a teaspoon or so of vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy.)  You could always use a canned frosting too.

Step 5:

I got this great idea from tidymom.net. Take the sparkly decorating gel and draw two blue lines and two red lines on the inside of the piping bag. Fill the bag with the white frosting. When you pipe it, it gives a cool tie-dye, effect.

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See? Super cute.

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Step 6:

Customize the cupcakes with your favorite sprinkles and non-pareils.

How to Customize Fourth of July Cupcakes //

I do not know how to leave a good thing alone sometimes. If you have a cabinet full of sprinkles (not that I am actually admitting that) but if I did, I say go big or go home, use them. Who doesn’t love a red, white and blue nonpareil or a candy star?

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Wait, you have paper U.S. flags? Oh, by all means. Do not let those go to waste. It is America’s birthday after all so we need American flags.

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Those look yummy. And by the way, these cupcakes are also awesome for Memorial Day celebrations.

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I like the white surprise inside!

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4th of July (American Flag) Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes

Red, White, and Blue Flag Cupcakes with a red and blue swirled buttercream. Perfect for all of your patriotic holiday needs.

Ingredients

  • 2 boxes of white cake mix
  • red food coloring
  • blue food coloring
  • red and blue glitter gel
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 brick of cream cheese
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

Instructions

  1. Make 2 boxes of your favorite white cake mix. I use gel food coloring because the color is deep and true. You can get it at craft supply store or order it online. Get your batters to your desired colors. Remember though that it will bake a touch darker.
  2. I start with blue on the bottom.
  3. Add the white layer, then cover the top with red. I spread the red all over the top because I want people to be surprised when they bite into these.
  4. I made a batch of cream cheese frosting. (I used 1 stick of butter, 1 brick of cream cheese, 2-3 cups powdered sugar, a teaspoon or so of vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy.) You could always use a canned frosting too.
  5. Take the sparkly decorating gel and draw two blue lines and two red lines on the inside of the piping bag. Fill the bag with the white frosting. When you pipe it, it gives a cool tie-dye, effect.
  6. Customize the cupcakes with your favorite sprinkles and non-pareils.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 18Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 13mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 0g

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This Post Has 27 Comments

  1. Jennifer Chaney

    Bree, these look fabulous AND easy… just my kinda cookin’! Thanks so much for the tips!

    1. bakedbree

      my pleasure.

  2. Crystal Garcia

    Oh YES! We will be making these for the 4th! These scream FUN FUN FUN!!!

    1. bakedbree

      they do, don’t they? Super festive.

  3. Brenda Bisharat

    WOW…these look amazing and the blog is REALLY looking great! I love following your blog and I love you and what you do. SUCH AN INSPIRATION~!

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you Bren, I love you too. 🙂

  4. tara Whitney

    Bree = these are ADORABLE and I am so making them. Your photography and styling is superb, fyi.

    1. bakedbree

      aww, thanks Tara!

  5. diva

    These cupcakes are so beautiful. The icing is fantastic! Happy 4th of july

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you, happy 4th to you as well.

  6. Taylor

    Very Patriotic and very tasty looking! great post!

    1. bakedbree

      Thanks Taylor!

  7. Eva

    The tie-dye method is ingenious! I have to try it one day. I love your blog a lot. (:

    1. bakedbree

      Thanks Eva!

  8. The Pleasure Monger

    The tie-dye effect is just fabulous, I’m going to try it one day, been running out of ideas on how I can frost my cupcakes! And your photos are gorgeous! I want some of those cupcakes!!

    1. bakedbree

      the tie dye idea came from tidymom.net. It is great though isn’t it?

  9. Courtney

    Hey Bree!! I have been reading your site for a few months now and I was looking to make something festive for Memorial Day and found this recipe and the cupcakes were a HIT!! They were so easy and fun to make, and they made my counter colorful too 🙂 thanks for this recipe, it gave me ideas for July 4th now!

  10. amy

    I’m going to make these wi g h my daughter’s today!!

  11. Leia

    How many cupcakes does the recipe make?

    1. bakedbree

      24.

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  13. Christina Martell

    I was about to make a flag cake for my bf to take to work for Veterans Day bc he works for the military (he’s a veteran) and are most of his coworkers. With COVID and all I decided single serve cupcakes would be better. These look very cute. Thank you for the idea. But I’ll make some blue and white with a strawberry filling and some red and white with a blueberry filling. Yum.

    1. Bree Hester

      That’s nice of you. And cupcakes are a good idea right now. 🙂

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