Patriotic Tie Dyed Cupcakes Recipe

If you are looking for a patriotic dessert for a Memorial Day or 4th of July party, this homemade tie dyed cupcakes recipe is just what you need. Made with simple ingredients from the fridge and pantry, these moist cupcakes will melt in your mouth.

If you are taking a dessert to an event or family gathering and you want them to stand out, make this recipe. These cupcakes may look like they took forever, but they come together in just minutes and look store-bought!

3 homemade USA cupcakes on a wooden cutting board, with 2 cupcakes in the background along with a small glass bowl of red sprinkles on a white marble background.
This homemade 4th of July Tie Dyed Cupcakes Recipe has a delicious vanilla buttercream frosting.

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Homemade USA Cupcakes

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I love to bake, especially if it is for a fun get-together with friends and family. What better way to end a great meal than with a sweet treat like these USA cupcakes?

These 4th of July tie dyed cupcakes are the perfect addition to a Memorial Day or Independence Day get together. They’re so festive (and surprisingly easy).

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This 4th of July Tie Dyed Cupcakes Recipe is a moist and flavorful dessert for your next patriotic party

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Tips for Making Red, White, and Blue Cupcakes

  • Always sift flour, baking soda, or sugars before using. This will give you a smoother batter.
  • If you don’t have a toothpick to see if the cupcakes are baked properly, use the spring test by touching your fingertip to the middle of the cupcake. If it springs back, they are done.
  • To make sure you get an even amount of batter in each cavity of the cupcake pan, use a small ice cream scoop, rising in between colors, as you layer the red and blue batter.
  • If these cupcakes will be served outdoors in the summer, keep the frosting on the thicker side. Bring them out just before the dessert is served.
Close-up of a USA cupcake with more cupcakes in the background along with a small glass bowl of red sprinkles on a white marble background.
Bring a batch of these 4th of July Tie Dyed Cupcakes Recipe to a holiday picnic or BBQ

Ingredients for 4th of July Cupcakes Recipe

I’m making these cupcakes from scratch but you can use a cake mix to speed up the process. Or, you can try my AMAZING easy vanilla cupcake recipe that’s taken the Internet and Pinterest by storm!

  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Milk
  • Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Egg whites
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla
  • USA themed sprinkles
  • Ziplock bag
  • Scissors
The ingredients for the homemade USA cupcakes recipe against a white marble background.

How to Make Homemade USA Cupcakes

Each step for this cupcake recipe is detailed below to make it easier to follow. Keep this page open while you are making your cupcakes. If you would rather have a printable recipe, just scroll down and select the print button.

A large round clear glass bowl filled with sugar and a stick and a half of butter against a white white marble background.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F) and fill two tins with cupcake liners. Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl using a stand or an electric mixer.

A large round clear glass bowl of cake mix with a measuring cup of milk is poured into it against a white marble surface.

Alternatively mix in half of the flour and the milk, incorporating before moving on to add the rest.

A large round clear glass bowl filled with egg whites on a white marble surface.

Beat egg whites until stiff in a small glass bowl, free of oils. I like to wipe it down with white vinegar before whipping.

A large round clear glass bowl filled with cake mix and egg whites on a white marble surface.

Add the egg whites to the mixture and beat them in until fully incorporated.

A round glass bowl of red cake batter and a bowl of blue cake batter with spoons in them on a white marble surface.

Separate the batter equally in two bowls, coloring one bowl red and one bowl blue.

A round glass bowl of red cake batter and a bowl of blue cake batter with a cupcake pan filled with the red and blue batter on a white marble surface.

To make the tie-dyed cupcake batter, alternate adding the blue and red batter to the cupcake pan. I like to use an ice cream scoop or a small measuring cup.

A pain of baked patriotic USA cupcakes in a baking pan on a white marble surface

Bake the cupcakes for 20 minutes or until a pick comes out clean. Let them cool completely while you make the frosting. Look at those gorgeous tie dye cupcakes!

A round glass bowl with powdered sugar and a stick of butter on a white marble surface.

Beat butter and powdered sugar together. Don’t worry, the mixture will be crumbly.

A round glass bowl of vanilla frosting on a white marble surface

Mix in the vanilla and 2 tablespoons of milk until smooth. If frosting is too thick, add a small amount of milk at a time, fully incorporating.

Close up of a frosted USA cupcakes with 2 other cupcakes in the background on a white marble surface.

To make an easy frosted cupcake, transfer frosting to a large, plastic zip top bag or a prepared piping bag. Cut a small corner off and pipe frosting onto the cupcakes in a swirling motion, pulling up and to the center. Add sprinkles if desired and enjoy.

Notes for Making Homemade Cupcakes

  • You may substitute half and half or bump up the flavor even more with a flavored coffee creamer if you don’t have milk on hand.
  • If you don’t have any patriotic sprinkles, you can color granulated sugar with red or blue food coloring.
  • Using whole eggs in this recipe (rather than just the white) will change the colors of the cupcake just a bit.

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This dessert recipe comes together in minutes with simple ingredients from the refrigerator and pantry.
Yield: 24

Homemade USA Cupcakes Recipe

Close-up of a USA cupcake with more cupcakes in the background along with a small glass bowl of red sprinkles on a white marble background.

This 4th of July Tie Dyed Cupcakes Recipe is a moist and flavorful dessert for your next patriotic party, picnic, or holiday BBQ get-together. These homemade cupcakes are a yummy way to celebrate with two colors of cake batter whipped up in just minutes. These cupcakes are covered in a delicious homemade vanilla frosting, too. This dessert recipe comes together in about 30 minutes with simple ingredients from the refrigerator and pantry.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 10 oz butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 ¼ cup milk
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 4 egg whites
  • 8 oz butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  • Red, white, and blue sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and prepare the cupcake pan by inserting cupcake liners.
  2. In a large mixing bowl and using an electric hand or stand mixer, cream butter, and sugar together.
  3. Add milk and flour, alternating between.
  4. Add baking powder and mix well.
  5. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  6. Add egg whites to the batter and beat until well combined.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.
  8. Beat butter and powdered sugar together.
  9. Add vanilla and 2 tablespoons of milk. Beat until smooth. If the frosting
    is too thick, add a bit more milk. If the frosting is too thin, add a bit more powdered sugar.
  10. Put frosting in a large, plastic zip top bag and cut a small corner off or use a prepared frosting bag with a tip to pipe frosting onto the cupcakes.
  11. Add sprinkles and serve.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 358Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 215mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 0gSugar: 36gProtein: 3g

All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.

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