How to Make 4th of July Cupcakes

Celebrate Independence Day with these adorable -- and delicious -- stars and stripes cupcakes.


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Hooray for the red, white, and blue! We've got everything you need to pull off the perfect Independence Day bash..

You Will Need

  • Cake recipe or mix
  • Box of confectioners' sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted, room temperature butter
  • 1 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 tsp. milk
  • Red food coloring
  • Blue rolled fondant
  • Cupcake baking pans
  • Cupcake liners
  • Electric mixer
  • Pastry bags and piping tips
  • Star-shaped cookie cutter


  1. Step 1

    Bake vanilla cupcakes

    Bake cupcakes according to your favorite recipe or with a cake mix.

  2. Step 2

    Make vanilla frosting

    While the cupcakes are cooling, combine the sugar, butter, and vanilla in a mixing bowl; then add the milk. Beat until very well blended and fluffy, adding more milk if necessary.

  3. Step 3

    Color the frosting

    Divide the frosting in half, and add a few drops of red food coloring to one batch. Keep adding coloring until you get the desired shade.

  4. Step 4

    Pipe on the frosting

    Pipe alternating stripes of red and white frosting on the cupcakes, once they have cooled completely.

  5. As an alternative, ice the cupcakes in white frosting and pipe on the red stripes.

  6. Step 5

    Cut stars

    Roll out ready-to-use blue rolled fondant and, using a mini star-shaped cookie cutter, cut out stars. Center one on each cupcake. Enjoy your patriotic treats!

  7. A popular dessert in colonial Massachusetts was Marlborough pudding, a precursor to apple pie, which had a custard-like filling made from applesauce, eggs, butter, and lemon juice.