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Patriotic Cupcakes Recipe

Patriotic Cupcakes Recipe

These festive cupcakes are sure to be the star of your Fourth of July menu. I divided the batter from regular cupcakes into portions and used food coloring to make red, white and blue treats. Our kids loved helping prepare them. —Jodi Rugg, Aurora, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD: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 in 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 261 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 259mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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buffetfan User ID: 4035139 267803
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2017

"These were so fun to make! I did have a bit of trouble gauging how much of each color batter to use but otherwise this recipe is super easy. I love it starts with a cake mix and canned frosting. Perfect for last minute. They are very festive."

Joscy User ID: 2694585 88717
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2014

"Most definitely awesome!! If you desire to impress, make these. Will take advice from someone who commented here about using 1 Tbsp. each color batter vs. 2 Tbsp. I particularly do not like batter running over side of pan Just makes a **mess**. THANK YOU for sharing this recipe. J."

Krska User ID: 3512794 56188
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!"

abreendre User ID: 1799143 56182
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2012

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

JessBella6 User ID: 5295511 138187
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2012

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

sstetzel User ID: 158954 88663
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2011

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

mamabear223 User ID: 5434065 88655
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2011

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

jhw516 User ID: 5674532 144281
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2011

"TOH - please correct this recipe! 2 Tbsp of each color? My mistake for not reading previous reviews before starting this, but a teaspoon of each (using flatware, not a measuring teaspoon) filled a standard cupcake liner. Mess to make, and not too pretty right now as I got wise and made them smaller, but the first 3-4 I made rose over the liner and are misshapen. I got 14 cupcakes (not 24)."

seamstressmama User ID: 4612221 206450
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2011

"cute idea but WHAT A MESS! if the batter was just divided in thirds it would be easier,

just got a dozen that were the three colors. i guess my grandkid will be happy but i wasn't."

ctkttww User ID: 2076833 138186
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2011

"Use Wilton gel dyes for great colors w/no flavor. The gel dyes last a long time and the colors turn out very bright. Bright Reds & beautiful blues!"

lina1216 User ID: 4043869 144278
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2011

"Very easy to make, and fun to eat!"

tippy_quarterz User ID: 4267288 88654
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2011

"I used Strawberry and Blue Raspberry Jello to flavor and color the batter striped just like this recipe."

rusty_angel User ID: 5000552 122654
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2010

"easy to make, colorful, festive and absolutely delicious! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe :]"

Jazmine1142 User ID: 5387161 64184
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2010

"These turned out beautifully! I used only 1 heaping teaspoon of each color batter rather than two tablespoons and that seemed to work well."

mainstreetmagic User ID: 5263681 88618
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2010

"After reading the other reviews, my daughter and I decided to make these cupcakes for a holiday party. On the recommendation of other readers, we used one heaping tablespoon of each color - and I even thought that was a little too much. The batter rose over the cupcake liners and onto the pan. They were time-consuming, but I had read that before starting so I was ready for it. We took our time, and it was SO WORTH IT! They came out soooo pretty! We layered our colors the opposite, so it was blue on the bottom, white, then red on top. The next time I make these, I will just add a tablespoon of each color, not a heaping tablespoon. Our batch only made 14 cupcakes. By making this change the next time, it should stretch our batch to 15-16 cupcakes. Thank you for the great idea!"

neeko999 User ID: 4280745 59785
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2010

"I made this alittle diffrently but same idea, I did the ole poke cake recipe. I cut the tops off the cupcakes and poked the cupcakes and put a TBs of blue jello on each and put a spoonful of can cherries on top. Put the cupcake lid back on and frosted in white frosting star shaped.... DELISH!!!! Oh yea and with the sprinkles. You do need to refrigerate so jello sets up like original recipe! Heaven!!"

TerriG120 User ID: 4103506 60712
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2010

"I'd have to say more like 2 TEASPOONS of batter apiece. I used one tablespoon apiece and only got 14 cupcakes that baked way over the top of a standard pan. But, they look cute, especially once I get them frosted and decorated. (I used Wilton's no-taste red to get a pretty red color without the flavor change)"

kraftyknits User ID: 1353284 88606
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2010

"Great recipie & really cute! Made them last year for the 4th and they turned out just like the picture. Note: 2 T. of each color is too much! 1 T. of each is much better. *Helpful Hint*: Use 3 disposable pastry bags to fill cups w/the 3 colors. This will cut your prep time in half! Use white paper liner if you really want to show off the tri-color effect from the outside. I have been asked to make them again this year for the 4th!"

donna48189 User ID: 4522595 144277
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2010

"One more thing... Seeing how Memorial Day and 4th of July are pretty close, why not make extra by using a box of red velvet cake for the red part and freeze extras for the 4th? As stated before, it's so hard to get a true red with dye and if you use too much it tastes aweful!"

donna48189 User ID: 4522595 88538
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2010

"I like the idea people are giving about instead of making three different batter colors, use two and color the frosting. But have you ever tried to make a true red frosting? Also, if you are still coloring two items, what difference does it make if it's the batter or frosting? Just curious!"

Nancy__Az User ID: 179259 138184
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2010

"These were very festive for Memorial Day. They would be cute for other holidays with the different colors."

bullwink User ID: 2691042 150391
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2010

"These were so easy and creative...big hit! Just make sure everything prepped before you get started can be a little messy, but so worth it when the kids bite into these cupcakes!"

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 119361
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2009

"Very good, but 1 heaping tablespoon of each color is more accurate."

sarah2830 User ID: 2581651 144274
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2009

"These were a hit at our 4th of July party! The kids loved them. They are time consuming when making so make sure you give yourself plenty of time."

dwinokur User ID: 887938 56181
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2009

"I tried to use 2 Tablespoons of each color and it looked like a volcano exploded on my cupcake pan...maybe it should be more like 1 tablespoon of each color."

GrannyJean618 User ID: 2515431 72187
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2009

"I made these for my dialysis nurses, and the three different batters was time consuming, but the finished product was very nice. The idea of two colors with the third the icing is a very good idea, I'll try that next time (tomorrow). Always looking for something new, easy and great tasting! MotherHen"

jasem User ID: 2070960 137840
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2009

"I'm going to try the colored icing too...thanks for the idea!"

Kate Staskin User ID: 1574784 64180
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2009

"I plan to make these for the 4th this weekend, but instead of making the batter 3 colors (red, white, and blue), I plan to make it just 2 colors (white and blue), and then I'll make red icing. I think it will be easier than dealing with 3 different colors of batter. Hope this idea is one that might help to make this recipe even easier and better!"

[email protected] User ID: 1701298 72183
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2009

"How fun!! The kids are going to love these!!!"

mjpark47 User ID: 3029608 59784
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2009

"I made these last week and the were a hit with the kids and adults. They are an eye catcher."

leeyoleisl User ID: 3854806 150390
Reviewed May. 22, 2009

"I love this idea! I made them last week but with different colours. I will be sure to do it again with red, white and blue!"

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