Is your mouth watering with these red, white, and blue cupcakes? You will look like an absolute PRO using this delicious recipe and easy cupcake decorating technique.
Easy? Yes. I assure you, this is an easy style to master when decorating cupcakes and it won’t melt off in the summer sun when you use a nice, thick buttercream recipe like this one.
Be sure to check out my 4th of July Cake Pops Recipe as well because you can never have too many delicious fourth of July treats!
4th of July Cupcakes
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I love putting together some themed food and desserts for Independence Day. We usually have a BBQ, some chilled appetizers, and cooling drinks along with a few dessert options.
And though this looks complicated, those frosting layers and this cupcake decorating style is actually one any home baker can do. If you need some practice, this recipe makes enough for 14 cupcakes. Use one and wipe it off for a bit of practice.
Did I mention that these cupcakes are homemade, super moist and fluffy, and LOADED with frosting? You can double this recipe (or use my very popular vanilla cupcake recipe below and triple it).
Related Reading: Firecracker Rice Krispies
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Tips for Making This Independence Day Dessert
- As mentioned above, you can use my very popular lazy girl’s easy vanilla cupcakes – the recipe is SO easy and they come out perfectly every time.
- The below recipe calls for a boxed cake mix (vanilla or French vanilla, not white cake mix) because that is what a reader requested. I actually really liked these and it was easy to grab one to stash in the pantry.
- Making homemade frosting adds an amazing flavor, but don’t stress yourself out if you don’t have time. Get multiple tubs (3 maybe) of whipped white store bought frosting to save time. Add in some powdered sugar for pizzaz and color as indicated. Note: homemade buttercream is like nothing else and well worth the effort – you can even make it ahead of time!
- Make sure the cupcakes have cooled completely. In fact, make them the day before and store in an air tight container on the counter. down all the way or the frosting will melt right off and create a big mess.
- To turn these into firecracker cupcakes, pipe red, white, and blue candy melts onto parchment in thin lines. Once they have solidified, add a star to the end of each with a little frosting and put into the top center of the frosted cupcake.
- Make ahead instructions: prepare the cupcakes, let cool, and store in an airtight container on the counter for up to 3 days; prepare the frosting (leave it white) a day ahead; pipe the cupcakes and add decorations the day of the party.
Related Reading: Patriotic Flag Donuts for July 4th Breakfast
Red, White, and Blue Cupcake Recipe
These grab-and-go cupcakes are perfect for an outdoor BBQ, a summer gathering, or a carry-in meal. They keep their shape well but buttercream will melt in extreme heat and direct sunlight, so keep these out of the way until it’s time for dessert.
For the ultimate sweet treat, serve these with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Add some fresh fruit (blueberries and strawberries) for garnish with a sprig of mint and whew – instant hit!
More 4th of July Ideas, Recipes, and Crafts
- These 4th of July Rolling Pins are Perfect for Tiered Trays – These rolling pins are a great gift idea or a fun way to spruce up the look of your kitchen!
- Patriotic Popcorn Balls – Oh my word, these flew off the dessert table when I made them one year. And they are so easy.
- Independence Day Marshmallow Launchers – This easy kid’s craft is HOURS of fun (even the adults joined in).
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