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I love it when I get a chance to make fun, holiday themed foods. It just makes the celebration that much more fun, don’t you think?
Last year, I created a cupcake that had all three patriotic colors in it (I’m sure I found the idea somewhere….maybe Wilton?), and decided to recreate it so you would have time to whip up a batch yourself before July 4th rolls around.
It all starts with a basic, white cake mix, or if you have a trusty recipe, you can use that too. Just make sure it’s white!
I’m a big fan of Pillsbury Moist Supreme, but unfortunately, my store was sold out, so I had to go with the Traditional Vanilla. Really didn’t care for it, but then again, I’m sort of a cake snob, in addition to my ice cream critic-ness.
Divide the batter into 3 different bowls, and make sure one of the bowls has a little bit more in it than the rest. That will be your white bowl, so if you run out of the other two colors, you can easily make some more.
Color the other bowls blue and red using basic food coloring found in the grocery store. But if you want to be more red than pink, I recommend using a gel coloring. It’s much more concentrated, but doesn’t affect the taste.
At this point, it is so much easier to pipe the batter in layers, but if you don’t have decorating bags, you can always cut a small hole in a ziploc bag as a substitute.
That’s what I did, but partly because I was lazy and didn’t want to rummage through boxes to find my bags.
Start with the red layer, add white, then blue…ending when the cupcake is 3/4 full.
After each layer, I like to take a small spatula and push the batter out to the edges so the color actually shows through the cupcake wrapper. Otherwise, your other batters will drip down and ruin the effect!
Bake according to directions, cool completely on wire racks, and lay on the frosting. This is my go to frosting recipe when decorating, but you can really choose whatever kind you want.
Spread it with a spatula, or get all fancy with some decorating tips. You can make these simple, or add a little fun.
Please don’t cringe when you see how patriotic these cupcakes really are. I had some extra liners and sprinkles in the pantry, and just had to use them. It’s a patriotic explosion!
Aren’t these insides so pretty though?
If you’re looking for more holiday inspiration, be sure to check out the patriotic ideas at Wilton.com. They are usually pretty simple, and add a lot of festive fun to the table.
Are you making anything special for July 4th?
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