Red, White & Blue Cupcakes

July 4th will soon be here and I’m ready to celebrate! Of course, I always make a patriotic dessert and I try to make something different each year.

A few days ago I was in Walmart and spotted a red, white and blue cake mix by Duff Goldman and into the cart it went.  I figured it was an easy way to make my first tri-colored batter and I was right!  Instead of making a cake, I made Red, White & Blue Cupcakes.

I was thrilled when Duff Goldman himself retweeted my tweet about how good these Red, White & Blue Cupcakes are and how easy they are to make. 

Patriotic CupcakesThe cake mix includes 2 tiny packets of food coloring and a packet of red, white and blue stars.  The cupcake liners and tiny flags came from Hobby Lobby.

Red, White & Blue Cupcake Batter

The cupcake directions are a little different (easier) than the cake directions.  You just drop one spoonful each of the different colored batter randomly into each cupcake liner.

Red, White & Blue CupcakesBake according to the directions on the cake mix box and you’re done!

Red, White & Blue CupcakesI added cream cheese frosting, sprinkles and stuck a tiny flag into each cupcake.  The best part?  According to my family, the red, white & blue cupcakes are as delicious as they are pretty!  And you don’t have to tell anyone how easy they were to make!Patriotic Cupcakes

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Cream Cheese Frosting
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 8-oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer at medium speed. On low speed, add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Add vanilla and mix well.

Patriotic CupcakesI have a few more red, white and blue desserts that you may enjoy, too!

Red, White & Blue Ice Cream Cake

Red, White & Blue Ice Cream CakeRed, White and Blue Cobbler

Red, White & Blue CobblerAnd here’s my Rocky Road Freeze (no ice cream freezer needed!)  It’s not red, white & blue, but it will set off fireworks in your mouth!

Rocky Road FreezeWhat’s your favorite patriotic dessert?

Want to see some more of my fave cupcakes?

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Orange Blossoms Mini Cupcakes

Orange Blossoms

Minions Mango Peach Cupcakes

Mango Peach Cupcakes

Which dessert is your fave?

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  1. These are so festive! I made something similar for Captain America movie night. My kids love these tie dyed kinda cupcakes. So cute!!
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  2. Super yummy treats! We always host a 4th of July party but always buy our desserts. This year I’d love to try something new. Great recipes…thank you! 🙂
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  3. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says

    Oh how cute are those??? I love how festive and patriotic these are! I love them and I know my kids would, too!

  4. These look amazing! I love cream cheese frosting, it goes well with cakes like this!

  5. Fabulous way to celebrate the 4th!!

  6. Cream cheese frosting is my fave 🙂 I love how cute these cupcakes turned out. This is a super idea for the 4th picnics!
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  7. So easy! I love easy holiday fixes, especially when you are feeding a bunch of people. Recently, Unused a cakeix to make some patriotic cakes, too!
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  8. Those cupcakes are so cute! Thanks for a festive idea.
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  9. All of these treats look fantastic! I’m going to have the most fun dessert tray ever for the 4th. Yay!
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  10. I saw this cake mix the other day and pondered over it for a bit! Your cupcakes turned out so great!
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  11. These are so cute and so festive! I love the colorful swirled cake. BTW your food photography is amazing!!
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  12. You are so talented! Those cupcakes look so pretty and yummy, I can’t wait to try your recipe 😀
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  13. Great idea! I think I may make a red and white version, because I’m in Canada. Of course, I’ll have to get different cake mix, but using your icing recipe would be perfect! Thanks for the idea!
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  14. These are so cute! I’ve always wanted to try multi-colored cakes, but I’m scared I will royally screw it up. haha I just might have to try this for our 4th of July party!
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  15. Cool, they look just like sno-cones before they are frosted! I will have to try making these!
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  16. The red, white, and blue cupcakes look delicious! I am definitely going to make these for the 4th of July.
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  17. Yum! I just want to live at your house. You are always so festive.
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  18. The red, white and blue cupcakes look very yummy! Such a patriotic snack to have with the family.
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  19. Oh my gosh everything looks so pretty and delicious. I need to make a decision on what to bake for the holiday!
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  20. These are all great patriot recipe ideas to consider using this 4th of July. I especially like the cupcakes.
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  21. It is almost hard for me to believe that 4th of July is sneaking around the corner! Meanwhile, those cupcakes look quite tasty.
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  22. Those look cute. My grandkids would like them. I always wondered how people made those swirly cakes. Now I know 🙂
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  23. You just gave me THE best idea! I am attending a Canada Day Party here this weekend, in California and I need something to bring. Red & White cupcakes!!
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  24. Yummy, these look good. I wish that I could make pretty cupcakes. My daughter is good at it. I’ll have to try the cream cheese frosting.
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  25. Holy cow those look freaking fantastic! I have wanted to buy this cake box for a while but could never justify the price. You make them look totally worth it LOL!
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  26. Rebecca Swenor says

    These red, white, and blue cupcakes look so great but I would use different frosting because I don’t like cream cheese. I love the idea of the blue berry cobbler too. Thanks for sharing.

  27. Oh these look fantastic. Perfect for a 4th of July BBQ! I just made some Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches with my daughter this week! So fun!
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  28. Those cupcakes are cute! They would make the perfect dessert for every 4th of July get together! Thank you for sharing.
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  29. Oh these are fabulous! So very patriotic and look delicious. I’ve never made colorful cupcakes, I should try it sometime!
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  30. These look amazing! They came out looking absolutely spectacular. I love these and can’t wait to find them and try them out!
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  31. I love Duff! You make this look easy Alli! I might even try my hand at making them for the 4th!
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  32. My daughter saw the cupcake and she was like: “Mummy, yummy cake!” So looks like I will be making these yummy cupcakes tomorrow.
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  33. Aren’t those just the prettiest! Perfect for a 4th of July gathering! These are definitely going on my dessert menu 🙂
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  34. The cupcakes look delicious. I want to make this.
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  35. You are really very creative. Your cupcakes are too pretty to eat though. 🙂 I have to show this to the hubs. He is the “baker” in the house.
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  36. CourtneyLynne says

    Omg loving the cupcakes!! I’m a huge duff fan! I make my daughter rainbow cakes all the time with there mixes!

  37. Wow, those are some delicious looking cupcakes. Those would be perfect for the 4th of July celebration!
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  38. These are so pretty!! Although the final product looks a bit complicated, the recipe is actually super easy to follow!
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  39. Bonnie @ wemake7 says

    Which one is my favorite? I can’t choose, they all look great. The cream cheese frosting sounds so good.

  40. I have seen those cake mixes and wondered how they worked!! You did a grey job and those cupcakes are so cute!! Great job!!
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  41. Cutest cupcakes ever! I love the patriotic swirl effect!
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  42. I should make these for our July 4th picnic, they looks so delicious and colorful!
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  43. We’ll be making these in a couple of weeks for the 4th! Love the festive flavor of your cupcakes!
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  44. These look like some really fun cupcakes! I need to make our red, white and blue cupcakes still.
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  45. Now while I am not a fan of munching cupcakes – these are definitely looking so adorable with the colors it has haha!
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