4th of July Cupcakes
Your family and party guests will be wowed by these six different ideas for pretty and patriotic Red White and Blue 4th of July Cupcakes, each one topped with the best buttercream frosting you’ve ever tasted.
Cupcakes made from a Cake Mix don’t have to be boring. They can be pretty and patriotic and super yummy! So grab a box of white cake mix, some food coloring, and our Best Buttercream Frosting because we have SIX different recipes for 4th of July Cupcakes, and each and everyone is easy to make, delicious, and Red White and Blue! You can’t go wrong with any of these cupcake choices, they are guaranteed to be the hit of your Independence Day party! Happy Birthday, America!
Ingredients You Will Need
Frosting: Our delicious and easy-to-make The Best Buttercream Frosting is the “secret” ingredient for each and every one of our 4th of July Cupcake ideas. Creamy and delicious, this really is the best buttercream we have ever tasted. You’ll find the recipe and detailed instructions right here.
Food Coloring to Tint the Frosting: A couple of the recipes below call for tinted Buttercream Frosting. Easy Peasy. We use Wilton Color Right Food Coloring. It is a concentrated food coloring that allows you to easily get pretty, vivid colors without having to use a ton of food coloring. For the Red frosting, we added 4 drops of Wilton Color Right Food Coloring to the frosting. We made this pretty blue color by combining 4 drops of blue with a very tiny drop of Pink and an even tinier drop of Red Wilton Color Right Food Coloring.
Cake Mix: Any Cake Mix will do but we like Pillsbury Super Moist White Cake Mix. We made the batter according to the directions on the back of the box. To make sure we got a pretty white batter we used the instructions for making the batter with egg whites only.
Food Coloring to Tint the Cake Mix: To color the cake batter red and blue. We used Wilton Color Right Food Coloring in the following combinations: Red batter = 5 drops of Crimson food coloring and Blue batter = 3 drops of Blue and 1 drop of Red food coloring.
Sprinkles: Don’t forget the sprinkles. Red, White, and Blue Jimmies are always good in a pinch.
Cupcake Pan/Cupcake Liners: You’ll need a cupcake tin and cupcake liners.
Red White and Blue Cupcakes
Double down on the patriotic spirit with these unique and delicious two-tone Red White and Blue Cupcakes that feature our to-die-for Buttercream Frosting not just on the top, but in the middle of the cupcake too!
These fun cupcakes start with a regular White Cake Mix. Make the cake batter according to the directions on the box. Split the batter into two equal portions and color one red and one blue. Bake the cupcakes according to the directions on the box. Allow them to cool. When you are ready to frost them, carefully remove the cupcake liners and slice off the top third of each cupcake with a serrated knife. Try to make the cut in the same place on all of the cupcakes. Using a round decorating tip, add a circle of The Best Buttercream Frosting around the edge of the bottom of a red cupcake. Press the top of a blue cupcake onto the frosting. Using a 2D Decorating Tip, add a swirl of frosting to the top of the Red White and Blue Cupcake and finish off with some 4th of July sprinkles. So pretty and patriotic!
Red White and Blue Cupcake in Jar
These Red White and Blue Cupcakes in a Jar are perfect for a 4th of July or Memorial Day Party, Picnic, or BBQ because not only did they taste delicious but they are a unique take on cupcakes and very easy to make. Your friends will be very impressed!
Start with a White Cake Box Mix. Make the batter according to the directions on the box. Divide the cake batter into two portions and tint one red and the other blue. Pour the batter into cupcake liners in a cupcake pan and bake according to the directions on the box. Allow the Red and Blue Cupcakes to thoroughly cool. To transform the cupcakes into Cupcakes in a Jar, we used one pint Mason Jars. You can get them everywhere now … craft stores, grocery stores, big box stores. We got these a Walmart. We like them because they don’t have a lot of writing on them. Start by adding a layer of crumbled red cupcake pieces on the bottom of the Mason Jar. Then add a layer of the best buttercream frosting. We used a Wilson 2D decorating tip to get a little swirl in the frosting. You don’t need to completely cover the whole layer of cake. A circle of frosting around the edge of the jar is fine. Add a layer of blue cupcake pieces and then for the final layer of frosting, add a little swirl. Easy peasy!
Patriotic Marble Cupcakes
We love these Patriotic Marble Cupcakes. This marbling technique makes some of the prettiest cupcakes we have ever made. So bright and colorful. They are guaranteed to be a hit at your 4th of July party, Memorial Day barbecue or even an Olympics viewing party!
Make a batch of white cake batter using a box cake mix. We split the cake batter into three equal portions. Tint the cake batter Red, White, and Blue. To create the marble effect – use a small spoon to alternate small drops of colored cake batter into the cupcake liner. Bake the cupcakes as directed on the cake mix box. Allow the cupcakes to cool. Make a batch of our Best Buttercream Frosting and color it the same colors: Red, White, and Blue. Frost the cupcakes and add sprinkles.
Patriotic Brownie Cupcakes
Bring something original to your 4th of July Party this year … Brownies plus Confetti Cake plus Buttercream Frosting in one perfect red white and blue Patriotic Brownie Cupcake! The Brownie and confetti cake taste so great together. This really takes cupcakes to the next level and they are sure to wow your 4th of July party guests this year.
Make up the Brownies according to the directions on the box. Make up the White Cake Mix using instructions on the box. Add Red White and Blue sprinkles to the White Cake batter. Add the brownie mixture to the cupcake liner. Fill 1/4 way up liner. Add White Cake batter to the cupcake liner so it’s filled 3/4 way. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 18-20 mins. Allow the cupcakes to cool. Make a batch of our The Best Buttercream Frosting and color it Red. Frost the Patriotic Brownie Cupcakes with the red frosting and top of 4th of July sprinkles.
Red White and Blue Mini Cupcakes
These Red White and Blue Mini Cupcakes are great for a 4th of July party, a Memorial Day picnic or even an Olympics viewing party. They are so easy to make and everyone will love the festive patriotic frosting! Happy Independence Day everyone!
Make the chocolate cake batter according to the instructions on the back of the box. Bake the mini cupcakes from 9-15 minutes in a 350-degree oven. Allow them to cool. Make a batch of our Best Buttercream Frosting and separated it into three portions. Color one batch red, one batch blue and leave the other white. Using a Wilton 2D decorating tip, swirl on a bit of our Best Buttercream Frosting onto each mini cupcake.
Red White and Blue Confetti Cupcakes
Red White and Blue Confetti Cupcakes topped with a delicious Funfetti Buttercream frosting will make these cupcakes the hit of your 4th of July party or barbecue.
Make up a box of White Cake Mix according to the instructions at the box. Once completely mixed, manually stir in 1/3 cup of sprinkles. Spoon cake mix into cupcake liners. Bake the cupcakes in a 350-degree oven for 18-20 minutes. Make a batch of our The Best Buttercream Frosting and 1/3 of a cup of sprinkles to it. Add a swirl of the frosting to the cupcakes using a Wilton 2D Decorating Tip.
Other 4th of July Desserts You Will Love
- White Cake Mix
- The Best Buttercream Frosting
- Wilton Color Right Food Coloring - Crimson, Red, Blue
- 4th of July Sprinkles
- Make up a box of White Cake batter according to the directions on the box.
- Tint the cake batter, if required.
- Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake in a 350 degree oven for 18 minutes.
- Allow the cupcakes to cool.
- Make a batch of our The Best Buttercream Frosting.
- Frost and decorating according to the 4th of July Cupcake idea you have chosen.