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Flag Cupcakes

flag cupcake recipeMy second favorite holiday is just around the corner. 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. I love being American.

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 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.

You can also see my Flag Cake and some other fun patriotic Desserts over at thekitchn.com

flag cupcake recipesMake 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.

flag cupcake recipesI start with blue on the bottom.

flag cupcake recipesAdd 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.

flag cupcake recipesI 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.

red, white and blue recipesI 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.

red, white and blue recipesSee? Super cute.

red, white and blue recipesBut 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 non-pareil or a candy star?

red, white and blue recipesWait, you have paper U.S. flags? Oh, by all means. Do not let those go to waste. It is America’s birthday after all.

red, white and blue recipesThose look yummy.

red, white and blue recipesI don’t mind if I do.

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Flag Cupcakes


Ingredients

  • white cake mix
  • vanilla icing
  • red food coloring
  • blue food coloring
  • red and blue glitter gel

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.

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  1. Jennifer Chaney

    July 2nd, 2010 at 3:14 pm

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

  2. bakedbree

    July 5th, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    my pleasure.

  3. Crystal Garcia

    July 2nd, 2010 at 3:53 pm

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

  4. bakedbree

    July 5th, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    they do, don’t they? Super festive.

  5. Brenda Bisharat

    July 2nd, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    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~!

  6. bakedbree

    July 5th, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    Thank you Bren, I love you too. 🙂

  7. tara Whitney

    July 2nd, 2010 at 9:02 pm

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

  8. bakedbree

    July 5th, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    aww, thanks Tara!

  9. diva

    July 3rd, 2010 at 3:58 pm

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

  10. bakedbree

    July 5th, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    Thank you, happy 4th to you as well.

  11. Taylor

    July 3rd, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Very Patriotic and very tasty looking! great post!

  12. bakedbree

    July 5th, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    Thanks Taylor!

  13. Eva

    July 4th, 2010 at 12:36 am

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

  14. bakedbree

    July 5th, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    Thanks Eva!

  15. The Pleasure Monger

    July 4th, 2010 at 10:19 am

    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!!

  16. bakedbree

    July 5th, 2010 at 11:47 pm

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

  17. Courtney

    May 30th, 2011 at 11:19 am

    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!

  18. bakedbree

    May 30th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    you are welcome Courtney. Aren’t these fun? Check out the flag cake. https://bakedbree.wpengine.com/flag-cake

  19. amy

    July 4th, 2015 at 8:37 am

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

  20. Leia

    July 3rd, 2017 at 12:00 am

    How many cupcakes does the recipe make?

  21. bakedbree

    July 23rd, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    24.

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