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Patriotic Cupcakes

by Laura

Here is a last minute dessert idea for your 4th of July celebration. These Patriotic Cupcakes are too cute! A box cake mix makes them easy to make.

This recipe came from Quick Cooking (now Simple and Delicious). The recipe makes 18, however I decided to stretch it it 24. It worked ok, but I think the different layers would have worked out better if I would have stuck with the 18.

The recipe also calls for canned frosting. That will make these even easier. However, I am not a fan of canned frosting so I made my own vanilla buttercream. The recipe is below. I also wanted to let you know, I will post a recipe tomorrow. It will be another quick and easy last minute recipe.
Patriotic Cupcakes | realmomkitchen.com

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Patriotic Cupcakes


Ingredients

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  • 1 pkg (18-1/4 oz) white cake mix
  • 1/2 tsp blue food coloring (I used gel)
  • 1/2 tsp red food coloring (I used gel)
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting or your own frosting **see recipe below
  • Red, white and blue sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Prepare cake batter according to package directions.
  2. In a small bowl, combine 1-1/3 cups batter and blue food coloring. In another bowl, combine 1-1/3 cups batter and red food coloring. Leave remaining batter plain.
  3. Fill 18 paper-lined muffin cups with 2 tablespoons red batter, 2 tablespoons plain batter and 2 tablespoons blue batter. Bake at 350° for 20-24 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. Frost with vanilla frosting; decorate with sprinkles.
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Buttercream Frosting


Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • milk (I use about 3-4 Tbsp)
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. Put butter in bowl and beat with electric mixer until fluffy. Then add about half the powdered sugar. Then beat in 1 Tablespoon milk and the vanilla. Slowly add in the rest of the powdered sugar. Add more milk if needed. Add food coloring if desired. (This will be enough to lightly frost 18 cupcakes, double it is you want it piped on high)
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This is the original photo from this post. The above was updated in June 2016.

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10 easy red, white, blue food ideas for July 4th | Circle of Food May 2, 2015 - 1:37 pm

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10 easy red, white, blue food ideas for July 4th | Circle of Food May 2, 2015 - 1:37 pm

[…] The above photo: Patriotic Cupcake and here’s the recipe. […]

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Brooke July 4, 2012 - 5:10 pm

I love this recipe Laura!
However, I found using 2 tablespoons of each color was a little too much batter for my baking cups. Did you mean 2 teaspoons? Either way they’ll get eaten, just a thought. Have a fun Fourth! Thanks again for a fun recipe!!
xo. Brooke

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Hooray for the Red White and Blue Cupcakes « Practice What You Pinterest July 3, 2012 - 5:54 pm

[…] over for the holiday, so I thought it might nice to make a red, white and blue dessert. I found this one on the boards and made a few modifications. The photo on Pinterest looks like […]

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American Flag Cake | Real Mom Kitchen July 1, 2010 - 6:15 am

[…] Betty Crocker.  Then if you want to go for cake but want them in cupcake form you can try out the Patriotic Cupcakes I made last year or add some blueberries to my Cupcake Shortcakes for a patriotic twist.  I also […]

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lulu July 5, 2009 - 1:04 am

This is a delicious looking treat. What a great idea! We had beautiful fireworks in our area. Happy 4th!

Jackie at PhamFatale.com

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Jennifer July 4, 2009 - 4:26 pm

SO cute!!!! I love the layering!Happy 4th!

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~Mommy+Me~ July 3, 2009 - 9:01 pm

Very cute, I'll have to try those next year! They look yummy! I just made these today:

https://www.recipegirl.com/2009/06/18/red-white-and-blue-finger-jello-2/

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~~louise~~ July 3, 2009 - 6:05 pm

Don't they look yummy:) Just going through my bookmarks and there you were!

Thanks for sharing & a Safe & Happy 4th to you and yours:)

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Nicole Feliciano July 3, 2009 - 3:11 pm

Happy 4th! We’re planning on grilling up a storm this weekend. I just posted a recipe share link on my site. Hope you’ll stop by and add a favorite:

https://momtrends.blogspot.com/2009/07/friday-feasts.html

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Mommy's Kitchen July 3, 2009 - 8:19 am

Those are cute. I am making cupcakes for the kids for our grill out. I might use this recipe because I needed somthing quick and easy. I have two other adult desserts to make.

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