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4th of July Cupcakes

These red white and blue frosted cupcakes are a win every time. A simple trick makes them SO EASY to make you'll never believe it! Can be adapted with different colors for other occasions.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword 4th of july cupcakes, red white and blue cupcakes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 24 cupcakes
Calories 265 kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 1 box white cake mix with ingredients on box for preparation
  • 1 ½ cups (3 sticks) Unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Red and blue gel food coloring
  • Piping bag with a star tip a plastic zipper bag can be substituted
  • Sprinkles optional


Baking the Cupcakes

  1. Add cupcake liners to a muffin pan.

  2. Prepare the cupcake batter according to the mix instructions. Bake as directed.

  3. After baking, cool cupcakes for 5 minutes in the pan then remove them to a wire rack to cool completely.

  4. While the cupcakes are cooling prepare the frosting.

  5. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or using a hand mixer) beat the butter until light and fluffy.

  6. Add the vanilla. Beat to mix in.
  7. Add in the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating to completely combine.
  8. Add in the heavy whipping cream. NOTE: If the frosting is too thick add more cream 1 tablespoon at a time.
  9. Once all ingredients are combined, mix on high speed for 4-5 minutes.

Preparing the Piping Bag & Frosting the Cupcakes

  1. Using a food-safe brush or dining spoon, spread some red gel food coloring along one side of the piping bag.
  2. Repeat with blue gel food coloring on the opposite side leaving clean space in between (refer to photo)

  3. Add in the white buttercream into the prepared piping bag.

  4. Test pipe some frosting onto a paper towel until the red and blue color come through on the frosting.

  5. Pipe a generous amount of frosting on each cupcake in a spiral.
  6. Top with sprinkles if desired.
Nutrition Facts
4th of July Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 265 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 32mg11%
Sodium 152mg6%
Potassium 17mg0%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 375IU8%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.