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Patriotic Cupcakes Recipe
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Patriotic Cupcakes Recipe

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These festive cupcakes from Jodi Rugg of Aurora,Illinois are sure to be the star of your Fourth of July menu. "One year, I divided the batter from regular cupcakes into portions and used food coloring to make red, white and blue treats," Jodi explains. "Our kids loved helping prepare them." TIP: "Our daughters suggests trying different food coloring for the holidays," notes Jodi.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/2 teaspoon blue food coloring
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • Red, white and blue sprinkles


  1. Prepare cake mix batter according to package directions for cupcakes.
  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 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 inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Frost with vanilla frosting; decorate with sprinkles. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Patriotic Cupcakes in Quick Cooking July/August 2005, p26

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Reviewed Jun. 30, 2013

These were a huge hit for kids and adults at one of our 4th of July parties. There was so much food and desserts and this one still took the cake, literally! It is a little time consuming to put each colored batter into each muffin liner. But, they were fun to make and delicious. I would definitely make this recipe again!

Reviewed Aug. 20, 2012

These are adorable. My daughters birthday is July 1 so I made these for her to take to daycare they are very light and fluffy. I used the Pillsbury White cake mix and the Pillsbury 4th of July white icing. I agree 2 tbls is too much they were huge. Next time I will try 1 tbls of each color.

Reviewed Mar. 12, 2012

My grandson was born July3. He loves these on his special day.

Reviewed Feb. 18, 2012

Everyone was impressed with these cupcakes but they were so easy to make

Reviewed Jul. 3, 2011


great idea, but 2 tbs. Is way too much. Next time maybe 2 tsp.

The recipe actually calls for one half teaspoon of each color.

  • 1/2 teaspoon blue food coloring
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring

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