Saturday, June 20, 2009

Fourth of July cupcakes - all dressed up and ready to go!!!

While on my recovery from surgery, I have rediscovered the abilitly to dress up a good old cake mix and make it special in your own way (call me a baking snob it's the ONLY way I can bring myself to using a boxed mix). Last night I was so tired after cleaning up the house and making a batch of pizza dough (recipe can be found here), but that didn't stop the kids from demanding that they wanted to make cupcakes. I did what all tired, at the end of her rope mothers do and grabbed a box of white cake mix and let my mind do the rest!!! Needless to say everyone involved was pleased with the results! I think that bringing these cuties to any Fourth of July gathering will leave you having the sensation of the event!
PS.) Will thinks they remind him of bomb pops. What do you think?

Fourth of July Cupcake Cuties


One white box cake mix of your choice

Butter Cream Icing - See recipe below

Wilton red and blue coloring paste

Cupcake papers


1. Prepare cake mix according to directions on the box.

2. Divide prepared mix into three containers - I used a digital kitchen scale and measured each one to be approximately 10 3/4 oz.

3.) After all 3 containers are equally divided tint one container with red coloring and the other with blue. Leave the remaining container white.

4.) Fill each cupcake liner with all three colors (I did them red, followed by while and blue on top). For each color I used between 1.5 to 2 tsps. dropping one on top of another. I tried to smooth each color out being careful not to dig or disrupt the color below.

5.) Bake according to directions on the box.

6.) Allow to cool for completely before frosting.

Butter Cream Icing

2 Cups shortening

2 tsp clear vanilla

7 TBSP of water

2 pounds of confectioner's sugar

Beat all ingredients until icing forms peaks (7-10 minutes at low speed with a heavy-duty mixer, 10-12 minutes at high speed with a hand-held mixer).
NOTE: Keep all utensils completely grease-free for proper icing consistency.
* For stiffer icing, use 1 tablespoon less water.
**When using large countertop mixer or for stiffer icing, use 1 tablespoon less water.

*Instructions can be found on the Wilton website.

Decorating Ideas:
I tinted my royal icing red and blue (leaving the remaining white). I used various Wilton tips to make the different size stars. They would also be cute with cupcake toppers as well as sprinkles. I think the next time I make them I might actually do them from scratch and flavor the cake them making them strawberry, blueberry and vanilla.


  1. What adorable cupcakes! The colours are perfectly layered.

  2. How fun! I just may have to try these!

  3. Thanks for all of the comments! They really mean a lot to a "newbie" like me. :0)

    PS.) I love all of your blogs! Consider yourselves officially in my favorites!

  4. CUTE CUPCAKES!!! It's ok doing the shortcut method...we all need shortcuts here and there! And hey, I never have had a bad cake mix yet!!! :o) I think I may have to try these out this year!

  5. awww these are soooo pretty! i'm loving the colours xx

  6. Love how you did the layers with the colors!
    Just found your blog and it is super cute!

  7. Thanks everyone for the kind words! I'm so glad you liked them! :0)

  8. These look awesome and so festive and fun! Last year, I think it was for Memorial Day, I made tri colored rice crispy treats, red, white and blue. Treats are so fun to play with!

  9. I had the same idea for the cake with making it 3 diffrent colors! I am making them next week.

  10. Sweets, You are amazing! These are beautiful!
    What if I don't have a scale?

  11. Katrina I was thinking of doing something similar with rice crispy treats as well! Great minds think alike!!!

    Shannon see it's true great minds DO think alike! Can't wait to see your cake!!!

    Annette, thank for the compliment! No scale? No problem! - do the good old fashion "eye ball it" routine. I would just use a rubbermaid container or something you can see through and line then up close to each other pouring batter into each until they look about even :0). Can't wait to see them! I bet your kids will LOVE them!!!

  12. you got to put more cupcakes!!

  13. adriana italianoJune 28, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    sounds like a great recipe!! my nieces birthday is on the fourth of july so im totally trying them for her!!