Red, White and Blue Cupcakes

by Suzanne on June 22, 2012

in Sweet Things

I just love the 4th of July, it’s always a great excuse to make some great food to celebrate the birth of America  with family and friends. I wanted to share with you an idea for the holiday that is really fun and easy. Have you ever wondered how to get three different colors of frosting to come out in a beautiful swirl of color? It’s as easy as taking the three different colors and placing them side by side then putting them in a pastry bag fitted with a tip, squeeze and viola!

When my son and I were craving some sweets the other day he suggested we make cupcakes and I said sure, since I love cupcakes. I was thinking cake box but then remembered how many wonderful cupcake recipes I’ve seen over at my friend Chris’s blog The Cafe Sucre Farine. She makes some fabulous food over there and I don’t know how she does it and stays so slender.   I really wish I was Chris’s neighbor, oh what fun we could have together. I searched her blog and and decided to use her no fuss yellow cake recipe and she was right it was really simple to do just like opening up a cake mix box and making it.

Red, White and Blue Cupcakes

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 T. baking powder
1/2 cup butter at room temperature or 4 oz.
1/2 cup buttermilk 4 oz.
1 whole egg room temperature
2 egg yolks  room temperature
1/2 T. vanilla extract
1 cup of butter or
1 pound or 4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 -2 T. milk or more if your frosting looks dry
food coloring of your choice, red and blue for these


Step 1: Prepare cupcake pan by putting the cupcake liners in. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F and make sure that the oven rack is set in the middle.

Step 2: Place all ingredients in the bowl of an electric stand mixer. Turn mixer on and off quickly a few times to prevent the flour from flying all over. Once flour is beginning to be incorporated, beat mixture at medium speed until smooth and satiny, about 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl with rubber spatula and mix by hand until smooth and no flour pockets remain.

Step 3: Divide batter evenly into cupcake liner. Bake until cake tops are pale gold and toothpick or skewer inserted into center comes out clean, 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then flip out onto a wire rack; cool to room temperature before frosting.

Makes:  about 15 cupcakes

Directions for Frosting:

Step 1: Put room temperature butter into a large mixing bowl and beat until light in color and creamy.

Step 2: Add the powdered sugar and mix on low, until the powdered is getting mixed in then add the vanilla and milk. Beat on high until nice and smooth.

Step 3: Divide the frosting evenly into separate bowls. Add red food coloring until you get desired color and same for the blue.

Step 4: Tear off a rectangle piece of plastic wrap and put the frostings side by side then wrap up but leave one end open. Put the open end of the plastic wrapped frosting into a decorator bag that has been fitted with a large star tip.

Step 5: Start pipping from the outside of the cupcake in, making sure that you squeeze the frosting from the top of the bag not the middle.

Not only do these cupcake have red, white and blue frosting but the inside is patriotic too.  Chris from Cafe Sucre Farine showed how to make these fun cupcakes using tinted cake batter. I tried to make them with the red, white and blue theme although mine didn’t turn out quite like I had wanted them too, but they were still festive. For directions on how to make them please go check out her Tiger cupcakes they are really amazing. Despite mine not turning out as cute as hers, my son and I still had fun making them.

I sincerely hope that if you are from the United States that you enjoy your 4th of July celebration and remember how our country began.  Many sacrifices have been made in our behalf so we can enjoy the freedom that we often take for granted.  I truly appreciate our fore father’s vision, perseverance and fortitude.

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1 Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Love your baking cups and flags. Thanks for the tip on putting the three colors together in one pastry bag, have a great weekend!

2 Suzanne June 23, 2012 at 9:23 pm

I like the cups too and I found the flags in my decorating stuff from who knows when, it was a great find :).

3 Patty June 22, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Super 4th of July cupcakes! The frosting is spectacular and the inside of the cupcakes is very fun, what a great way to celebrate the holiday;-)

4 Suzanne June 23, 2012 at 9:22 pm

thanks Patty, I love the 4th Holiday with the BBQ’s and all the yummy food so these just seemed like a fun dessert.

5 Jessica June 22, 2012 at 8:06 pm

I love the idea of piping different coloured batters in one bag! I recently made red, white and blue – iced brownies for the British Jubilee and I didn’t think of putting the colours together (here’s the post:

6 Suzanne June 23, 2012 at 9:21 pm

thanks Jessica, I bet the brownies are fabulous I’m going to check them out 🙂

7 Amy (Savory Moments) June 23, 2012 at 6:27 am

The icing and batter are swirled perfectly! They look beautiful.

8 Suzanne June 23, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Thank you Amy, you are so sweet.

9 Vicki Bensinger June 23, 2012 at 7:34 am

These are fantastic. You did an amazing job creating these with your son. You should both be so proud of your creations.

I remember seeing these when Chris made some similar. I’ve seen this technique before but never tried it. I feel like each color was placed in its own pastry bag then merged into one. I need to find those directions.

Either way these are definitely pics that need to be shared on Pinterest. Now I need to try this. Thanks for sharing.

10 Suzanne June 23, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Your welcome, thanks Vicki 🙂

11 Lisa (AuthenticSuburbanGourmet) June 23, 2012 at 11:10 am

WOW – these are the definition of 4th of July! Love how both the cupcake and frosting embody the red, white and blue. You did a great job on these. Happy Saturday!!!

12 Suzanne June 23, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Thanks Lisa, they were fun to make 🙂

13 Terra June 23, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Cupcakes sound like a perfect choice to me, AND homemade is sooooo better:-) Thank you for sharing how to do the multi color frosting, it is easier than I thought! Beautiful, Hugs, Terra

14 Suzanne June 25, 2012 at 12:09 am

Thanks Terra, I have to agree homemade is way better 🙂

15 Sandra's Easy Cooking June 24, 2012 at 10:38 am

I wouldn’t be able to make this even if you give me all the tips and tools to do it! This is very impressive to me, Suzanne! I love how you did it, very beautiful and creative! Pinned!

16 Suzanne June 25, 2012 at 12:08 am

Oh Sandra I think you underestimate your abilities, I know you could do these.

17 Erin @ Making Memories June 24, 2012 at 3:14 pm

How cool are these?!?! Love how you did the frosting!

18 Suzanne June 25, 2012 at 12:08 am

Thanks so much!

19 Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything} June 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm

I have to try your method of multicolor frosting. I tried other techniques and ended up with a big mess.
Lovely 4th of July Cupcakes

20 Suzanne June 25, 2012 at 12:07 am

I think you will be successful at my method and will not be nearly as messy, if at all.

21 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts June 25, 2012 at 9:35 am

I love the swirl of frosting on top! And the surprise color inside? Perfect for a party!

22 Suzanne June 27, 2012 at 10:46 am

thank you Erin 🙂

23 Liz June 25, 2012 at 1:37 pm

These are the BEST 4th of July cupcakes I’ve seen! From cake to frosting, yours are amazing!!! Pinning these!!

24 Suzanne June 27, 2012 at 10:46 am

thank you Liz!

25 Nami | Just One Cookbook June 25, 2012 at 11:20 pm

I have never seen anything that is more awesome than this for July 4th! Full spirit and oh boy, kids and adults will go crazy! I’m so impressed with the 3 color techniques here. My only reason that I’m afraid of making cupcakes is the icing part. I will ruin the cupcake with my ugly topping!! LOL. Wow… this is just so amazing!!!!
p.s. I made your pancakes many times since you posted and I finally took pictures of it. Will share it maybe next month. 🙂

26 Suzanne June 27, 2012 at 10:39 am

Thank you Nami, and I’m glad to hear you liked the pancake recipe too!

27 Choc Chip Uru June 26, 2012 at 6:44 am

These cupcakes are the ultimate patriotic celebration my friend, I am glad you are starting early 😀

Choc Chip Uru

28 Suzanne June 27, 2012 at 10:38 am

Thank you dear, yes I thought I would start early this year 😉

29 Reem | Simply Reem June 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Love it!!!
These cupcake are adorable!! Love the flags, the frosting…
Such a perfect treat for 4th of july!!

30 Suzanne June 27, 2012 at 10:45 am

Thank you Reem, I love the 4th!

31 Reeni June 26, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Beautiful cupcakes! So festive. I love how you did the 3 frosting colors!

32 Suzanne June 27, 2012 at 10:37 am

Thank you Reeni!

33 Nutmeg Nanny June 26, 2012 at 9:26 pm

These are so pretty and festive! I love the three color frosting!

34 Suzanne June 27, 2012 at 10:37 am

thank you so glad you stopped by, hope you are well!

35 Vicki @ WITK June 28, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Red white and blu overload! I love it 🙂 I actually came by to see your trick with the tri-colored frosting and I have to say it’s pretty smart! Nice job!

36 Kristi Rimkus July 1, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Hi Suzanne – these are the prettiest cupcakes – I’m so impressed with your attention to detail! I bet they taste as wonderful as they look. 🙂

37 Suzanne July 2, 2012 at 12:42 am

thanks Kristi 🙂

38 Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings July 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm

OMG! So smart! That’s how you do the red-white-and-blue frosting swirl!

39 The Café Sucré Farine July 3, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Susanne, I missed these last week but was just checking your blog and was delighted to see you made these from my recipe. They are gorgeous, I LOVE that pretty swirling on the top! And I think your insides turned out really cool – what a great idea to use patriotic colors! Thanks for the kind words and the link – I am getting a little fat though………

40 Magic of Spice July 7, 2012 at 6:42 pm

These are just gorgeous! Hope you had a wonderful 4th!

41 Beth Olson July 5, 2014 at 1:18 pm

Just used the frosting technique to top a dozen for a church picnic tomorrow. Freekin’. Genius. !!!!

42 Suzanne July 6, 2014 at 12:41 am

Thanks Beth, so glad it turned out great for you, enjoy the picnic!

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