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Red White and Blue Cupcakes are the perfect patriotic treat. Tasty vanilla cupcakes are topped with sweet red, white and blue buttercream swirl.

Red White and Blue Cupcakes

Red White and Blue Cupcakes are the perfect patriotic treat. Fluffy and soft vanilla cupcakes are topped with sweet red, white and blue buttercream swirl.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Red White and Blue Cupcakes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 18 servings
Calories 601 kcal
Author Catalina Castravet

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup water

Frosting:

  • 2 cups unsalted butter room temperature
  • 8-9 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • Red Gel Food Color
  • Blue Pink Gel Food Color

Instructions

Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F degrees and add cupcake liners to a cupcake/muffin pan. Set aside.
  2. To a large bowl add: flour, sugar, baking powder and salt, whisk to combine. Set aside.
  3. Add milk, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and eggs to a mixer bowl and whisk until fully combined, about 1 minute on medium speed.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat until well combined. Stop once to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula.
  5. Slowly, with the mixer on low speed, add the water to the batter and mix just until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to make sure everything is well combined.
  6. The batter is thin, I find it easier to add it to a pancake dispenser, this makes filling the cupcakes liners much easier and mess free.
  7. Fill the cupcake liners just a little over half and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs NOT raw batter. In my oven, the cupcakes were perfectly done at the 20 minute mark. Do NOT open the oven until 15 minutes have passed. Start checking on the cupcakes at the 15 minute mark. If you are baking mini cupcakes, they may be done in 9-12 minutes, start checking after 9 minutes.
  8. Remove the cupcakes from oven and allow to cool for 3-5 minutes in the pan, then remove to a cooling rack to finish cooling.

Frosting:

  1. Add butter to a large mixer bowl and mix until smooth.
  2. Add 4 cups of powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
  3. Add the vanilla extract and milk, mix until smooth.
  4. Add the remaining 4 cups of powdered sugar and mix until smooth. If the buttercream is too soft, add more sugar, 1/2 cup at a time.
  5. Divide buttercream equally into 3 medium bowls.
  6. Add a few drops of red gel food color to one of the bowls, about 7-10 drops, and stir with a spatula to fully combine. Set aside.
  7. Add a few drops of blue gel food color to one of the bowls, about 7-10 drops, and stir with a spatula to fully combine. Set aside.

Assembling:

  1. Start by preparing your work area, gel food color can easily stain your working surface so cover it with parchment paper or plastic wrap.
  2. Fix a piping bag with a large star tip, or any other piping tip that you like. Set aside.
  3. Cut about 15 inches of plastic wrap and place it on the counter. In the middle of the plastic wrap add about 1/3 of the blue buttercream, spread it into a 6x6inches square. Top it with 1/3 of the white buttercream, and carefully, spread it on top of the blue square. Top it with 1/3 of the red buttercream, and carefully, spread it on top of the white square.
  4. Before adding the buttercream to the plastic wrap take a look at the piping bag you will be using, some are smaller and some are larger, so make sure the square that you are making is not larger than the piping bag, as it won't fit in when rolled.
  5. Roll the wrap, so it forms a tube, and place the wrapped buttercream inside the piping bag. Do a first, pipe and dump test, so you get the buttercream closer to the tip.
  6. Pipe the buttercream onto the cupcakes and decorate with sprinkles and cupcake toppers.
  7. Repeat with the rest of the buttercream and cupcakes.
  8. Refrigerate cupcakes at least one hour before serving.
  9. Store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
  10. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Red White and Blue Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 601 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 18g113%
Cholesterol 73mg24%
Sodium 326mg14%
Potassium 144mg4%
Carbohydrates 88g29%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 75g83%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 720IU14%
Calcium 78mg8%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.