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4th of July Cupcakes

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The most bright and all-American 4th of July Cupcakes that you can make! Super simple recipe with delicious homemade vanilla buttercream frosting.

4th of July Cupcakes

These might be the most patriotic cupcakes in the world. And the easiest too.

For all you folks that are in charge of dessert at your 4th of July festivities {like I was last year} this post is for you. Because if you are anything like me, you will forget that you are in charge of dessert. Or you will be sure to make a note so you don’t forget and yet you will forget none the less.

Either way, this recipe is basically 2 packages of cake mix thrown together in a hurry, sliced in half, rearranged and then filled and topped with homemade vanilla buttercream. Because I will use cake mixes but I draw the line at store bought frosting…or something like that.

And believe it or not, I took all these photos LAST YEAR because I actually forgot I was supposed to make the special 4th of July treat and couldn’t have posted these July 5th. How lame would that have been? So I saved them for THIS YEAR! I totally meant to do that 🙂

Anyways, these are fun for the kids, taste great and won’t take forever to make. Add a few sparklers to the top if you’re really feeling festive and enjoy!

These are the photos I took during the process of baking; the full printable recipe is below. Have a great day, friends!!
Red and Blue Cupcakes

4th of July Cupcakes

4th of July Cupcakes

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4th of July Cupcakes

The most bright and all-American 4th of July Cupcakes that you can make! Super simple recipe with delicious homemade vanilla buttercream frosting.
servings 24 cupcakes
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr


  • 8.25 oz Pillsbury "Radiant Red" Cake Mix 1 package
  • 8.25 oz Pillsbury "Aqua Blue" Cake Mix 1 package
  • 2 cups water as according to package directions
  • 6 eggs as according to package directions
  • 1 cup oil as according to package directions

for the frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 lb powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk or enough to make this smooth frosting consistency
  • red, white and blue sprinkles


  • Prepare and bake cake mixes according to package directions. Cool completely, then remove from paper liners.
  • Slice each cake in half and then rearrange so each cupcake has a blue and red level.
  • For the frosting, whip butter, vanilla powdered sugar and milk together until smooth frosting forms. Start adding the milk 1 teaspoon at a time to ensure your frosting doesn't get too thin.
  • Spread frosting in the middle and on the top of each cupcake. Add sprinkles and serve!


Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 186mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 178IU | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 4th of July Cupcakes

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    1. Lauren

      I bake them in cupcake tins (half red, half blue) and slice each in half and then match them up so there aren’t any leftovers.