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red, white and blue cupcakes


These 4th of July cupcakes are sweetly patriotic! It’s hard to say whether it’s funner to frost or to eat these firework cupcakes!

How I made these patriotic treats

I usually work with fondant, but there are times when frosting is a better fit!  I love my grass tip, so when the kids and I decided to make cupcakes for our treat of the week it seemed the perfect time to try out these cupcakes (I’d seen a picture of something like this YEARS ago and always wanted to try it!)

I baked a batch of red velvet cupcakes (I’m not a fan, but what other color would work so well for these patriotic cupcakes?) and made red white and blue frosting (I made buttercream to get the right shade of white, and because cream cheese frosting is too soft for these strands)

We ended up with a few different combinations, and the kids really went to town for theirs!

So a fun treat that my kids loved! What patriotic items are you making these days?

Just take me to the cupcake Recipe already!

If you’d rather skip my tips and tricks for 4th of July cupcakes, along with links to 4th of July food and other holidays and get straight to these firework cupcakes – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

4th of July cupcakes


-Frost these cupcakes outside-in. For the first few I started in the center working my way out… it was a total fail!

-Squeeze from the base of your pastry bag, not next to the tip.

-Then keep squeezing while you pull away and then STOP squeezing and pull off.  If you keep squeezing you’ll get even longer strands that are to heavy and fall flat OR you’ll rip the strands off at the base and get short stubby grass!

-Go all the way around once and twice for a full stripe of color… (if you want to do more than one stripe in each color stick with just one row)

-OR do one of each color and fill in more rows, I kind of dig this one even more!

4th of July cupcake recipes

To make these cupcakes you’ll need

  • cupcake pan
  • pastry bags
  • grass frosting tips

Red, White and Blue firework cupcakes

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firework cupcake recipe

If you love firework cupcakes you’ll love these other cupcake recipes!

Maple Bacon Cupcakes | Edible Bloody Glass Cupcakes | S’more Cupcakes

If you love 4th of July foods you’ll find these recipes perfect for a picnic!

Cheeseball | Spinach Salad | Jalapeno Dip

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easy firework cupcakes

4th of July cupcakes

These cupcakes are sweetly patriotic! It’s hard to say whether it’s funner to frost or to eat them!

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: 4th of july, cupcake recipe, cupcakes

Servings: 24 cupcakes

Calories: 160 kcal

Author: Ashlee Marie


  • 2 1/3 C cake flour
  • 1 ½ C sugar
  • 2 1/3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 Tbsp butter softened
  • 3 lrg eggs
  • 1/2 C Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 6 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 C whole milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 350

  2. In a large bowl mix the cake flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt

  3. Add butter and beat to a fine crumb

  4. In a separate bowl whisk the eggs, yogurt, mayo and vanilla until smooth

  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat until just combined

  6. Add milk and mix on low speed until just combined

  7. Divide the batter into 3 bowls – dye 1 red, 1 blue and keep 1 white

  8. Spoon into cupcake liners, alternating between colors, swirl with a toothpick if desired

  9. Bake 350 14- 18 mins

firework cupcakes

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