4th of July Recipes: Red, White and Blue Cupcakes

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Happy 4th of July Week! I’m planning on celebrating with cupcakes: Red, White & Blue Cupcakes.

I’ve wanted to make a multi-colored tie-dye sort of cupcake for quite some time, so I decided to start with the red, white & blue sort for the holiday.
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They’re simple, really. Use a vanilla cake batter and divide it into three bowls, then use gel paste to color each batter (you can get gel paste at baking stores or craft stores- it’s better than regular food coloring because it doesn’t add a ton of liquid to your batter).
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Plop a heaping teaspoonful of each color into each cupcake paper.
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Then use a toothpick to swirl the three colors together slightly.
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Ta da! Now the frosting…
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To create red, white and blue swirled frosting, make a batch of this frosting (or your favorite white frosting recipe) and divide it into three parts. Color the red and the blue with gel paste. I added a little white gel paste to the white frosting too and used clear vanilla extract.  Scoop each color frosting into your piping bag side by side (piping bags can be found at baking or craft stores, but you can also use a large plastic zip bag). Use whatever sort of tip you’d like. I like to use a large tip to get a large swirl (the swirl shown was done with a Bakery Crafts tip 1G).
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These were gobbled up recently at our Memorial Day celebration bbq… the kids swarmed and ate all of them within about 30 seconds, but we did manage to taste-test one of them at home. They’re a very good vanilla cupcake (added color and all!), and the frosting is the most excellent part (this coming from a frosting-addict :) ).

Have a happy, safe 4th of July week, and I hope you get to make and sample some wonderful summer-themed food at a gathering or two around town.

This recipe can be found HERE.

Other great 4th of July Cupcake ideas on the blogs:
The Foodista Blog:  4th of July Red Velvet Cupcakes
Noble Pig:  Firecracker Cupcakes
Bakerella:  Patriotic Pops
Beantown Baker:  Red, White & Blue No-Bake Frozen Cupcakes
Big Black Dog:  Strawberry Dot Cupcakes

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40 Responses to “4th of July Recipes: Red, White and Blue Cupcakes”

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    BigSis — July 1, 2009 @ 5:03 AM

    Brilliant, RecipeGirl! Your frosting couldn’t have come out any better; love the technique!

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    snooky doodle — July 1, 2009 @ 5:14 AM

    wow these are wonderful! so creative !I m amazed.

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    Michelle — July 1, 2009 @ 6:57 AM

    Great minds thinking alike again. : ) I posted mine the other day too. I love the frosting. It takes it up a whole ‘nother notch.

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    Rosie — July 1, 2009 @ 7:26 AM

    Sensational recipegirl – you have such great ideas and these cupcakes are just perfect for the 4th July.

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    ingrid — July 1, 2009 @ 7:53 AM

    Your swirled frosting looks waaaay cool!
    ~ingrid

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    grace — July 1, 2009 @ 8:05 AM

    GORGEOUS. i think the cakes are great, but i’m always gonna love frosting more, and this time’s no exception. magnificent work.

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    Eliana — July 1, 2009 @ 8:23 AM

    These look wonderfully festive. I love them!

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    Deborah — July 1, 2009 @ 8:29 AM

    Wow – these look stunning!

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    patsyk — July 1, 2009 @ 8:33 AM

    Love these cupcakes! I am envisioning other holidays and color combinations for these… Halloween, Hanukkah, Christmans… I could go on and on!

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    Gera @ SweetsFoods — July 1, 2009 @ 8:38 AM

    I love the contrasts in colors and these are happy shiny cupcakes :)

    Cheers!

    Gera

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    Psychgrad — July 1, 2009 @ 9:09 AM

    Quite literally red, white and blue. I like the icing effect.

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    Susan — July 1, 2009 @ 9:44 AM

    Those look psychedelic. :-)
    The ones I made weren’t quite as groovy.

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    LilSis — July 1, 2009 @ 10:46 AM

    Very Festive Cupcakes!! I’ve said before that I wish I had your talent for decorating…

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    michelle — July 1, 2009 @ 1:49 PM

    Love them! I”m making them with my kiddos tomorrow! I”m going to use a meringue icing that I have. I personally just love to lick the bowl! mmmm…

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    Laurie — July 1, 2009 @ 12:50 PM

    Oh my gosh.. they are gorgeous and they took my breath away when I saw them!!

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    Teresa — July 1, 2009 @ 1:11 PM

    These cupcakes are the bomb. I love your creativity. They really are beautiful. Have a wonderful holiday weekend. (I’ll be expecting a dozen cupcakes in the mail. :p)

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    Bunny — July 1, 2009 @ 5:13 PM

    WOW you did a fantastic job on these cuppies!!

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    Kerstin — July 1, 2009 @ 7:32 PM

    What crazy cupcakes – they would be such a huge hit this weekend!!

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    Ivy — July 1, 2009 @ 8:29 PM

    Very festive and I am sure these would be a great hit for celebrating 4th of July. Have a great weekend.

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    Esi — July 1, 2009 @ 10:32 PM

    I love that the color is so vibrant and you can change up the flavors. Happy 4th!

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    VeggieGirl — July 2, 2009 @ 3:11 AM

    STUNNING!!!

    Happy 4th of July, RecipeGirl!!

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    Louise — July 2, 2009 @ 5:13 AM

    Ingenious!

    Happy, safe 4th to you and yours recipegirl…

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    Katrina — July 2, 2009 @ 5:35 AM

    Those look awesome. My boys would love them!

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    bridget — July 2, 2009 @ 6:01 AM

    Very, very cool! :)

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    Allison Laz — July 2, 2009 @ 6:01 AM

    These look sooo amazing!!! I’m definitely going to attempt to make them. I hope you’re having a phenomenal summer and Happy Fourth of July!

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    Kimmie — July 2, 2009 @ 6:52 AM

    they are totally groovy.

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    Manggy — July 2, 2009 @ 8:38 AM

    Cute! I just know you’ll have a great FOJ celebration! :)

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    CakeSpy — July 2, 2009 @ 8:55 AM

    Like, whoa! Awesome!!

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    Sophie — July 2, 2009 @ 10:23 AM

    Happy the 4th of July!!

    Your colourful cupcakes look delectable & I am amazed by your cup cake talent!

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    Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer — July 2, 2009 @ 11:25 AM

    How festive – I love these they are adorable!!

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    Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) — July 3, 2009 @ 12:49 AM

    The last picture looks soooo good!! I love your creativity!

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    Sues — July 3, 2009 @ 5:41 AM

    That frosting is amazing! You are on 4th of July fire this year!!

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    Cooking With Dia — July 3, 2009 @ 2:42 PM

    wow, very patriotic cupcakes. great piping ideas too.

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    noble pig — July 4, 2009 @ 5:56 PM

    Happy 4th..those cupcakes are awesome and thanks for the link!

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    Kristin — July 4, 2009 @ 8:18 PM

    Thanks so much for the idea! We don’t have kids, but all of my friends do, so I made these cupcakes for our friends children and they were a huge HIT!! They are very much kid approved!

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    Nicisme — July 7, 2009 @ 1:37 PM

    Cool! Great idea, hope you had a super 4th!

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    clumbsycookie — July 8, 2009 @ 4:46 AM

    That is soooooooooooo cute! The batter is fun but the icing is just amazing! Very smart!

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    nicole — July 9, 2009 @ 6:33 PM

    I wanted to share with you that I made these on July 4th and posted photos on my blog this evening! Thanks so much for the inspiration!!

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    Jenny — July 3, 2013 @ 6:02 AM

    I love these! I tried them last year and the cupcakes looked great but my frosting ended up pink. I am trying them again this year though! Any tips?

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    Lori Lange — July 3, 2013 @ 6:35 AM

    It’s definitely tricky! You just need to put the frosting in the piping bag side by side and squeeze through. Try not to mess with it much!