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Red White and Blue Cupcakes

Posted by  ·  June 30, 2016  ·  Last Updated: June 27, 2019

Red White and Blue Cupcakes are perfect for  Memorial Day and the Fourth of July! This easy tutorial will show you how to color cake batter and make the cutest candy star cupcake toppers perfect for any patriotic celebration.

The possibilities are endless for fun colored cupcakes. Check out these rainbow colored cupcakes.  If you want to have easy colored rainbow frosting check out this easy trick using colored sanding sugar.

Red White and Blue Cupcakes with Candy Star Toppers

red white blue cupcakes Fourth of July

How to make red white and blue cupcakes

I used LorAnn Professional Liquid Food Coloring and a basic white cake mix.

Mix the cake following directions. Divide the batter into three bowls (about 1 1/2 cups each). Add red and blue food coloring.  I added about 30 drops of blue and 40 drops of red.

how to color cake batter

Fill cupcake liners with batter. I layered red, white and then blue batter.  I added a touch of red batter on the top of some.

how to make colored cupcakes

Bake according to directions on cake mix.

colored cupcakes

You will have gorgeous red white and blue cupcakes.

red white and blue cupcakes

Candy Star Cupcake Toppers

diy candy star cupcake toppers

How to make candy star cupcake stoppers

Melt about 30 – 40 candy coating disks slowly in the microwave. The candy must be melted low and slow.  This will help the candy coating release from the mold and remain shiny.  Melt at 15 second intervals, stirring in between intervals.

Place melted candy coating in a zip-loc bag or pastry bag and snip off the bottom corner of the bag.

how to make candy cupcake toppers

Fill a star chocolate mold with candy coating. Tap mold firmly several times on a flat surface to remove any air bubbles.

DIY cupcake toppers

Allow candy coating to completely harden. It can be placed in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes or 5 minutes in the freezer to speed up the process. Turn the mold over and tap mold firmly against a hard surface to release the candies.  Candies should come out easily, if they don’t, place back into freezer for a few minutes.

candy star cupcake toppers

Frost cupcakes, add some sprinkles and the  candy star cupcake toppers and you are ready to celebrate!

fourth of july cupcakes

Fourth of July Party Ideas

Make your party festive by serving a red white and blue layered drink. Be sure to dress the part with red white and blue ponytail holders and a DIY flag shirt. Make your tables sparkle with a star Fourth of July centerpiece. Help guest keep hold of their napkin and cutlery with a red white and blue treat sack.  Printable pinwheels are an easy way to dress up potted plants in your yard.  The day wouldn’t be complete without a parade! Check out our Fourth of July Parade floats.

Fourth of July ideas

Fourth of July Coloring Pages

Keep little hands busy with these cute Fourth of July Coloring pages. There is even one for Dog Lovers!

Filed Under: Fourth of July, Sweets


  1. Sunday, June 23rd, 2013
    I have seen A-MANY patriotic foodies, but this one is a favorite. So glad you shared!
  2. odalis
    Monday, April 30th, 2012
    ugly cupcakes
  3. Heather
    Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
    Can I ask how you made the icing and what tip you used to frost them with Thank You! so much love the smoothness of the icing! :)
    • Saturday, June 11th, 2011
      I used a large round icing tip to frost the cupcakes from www.sweetbakingsupply.com
  4. Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
    We'd love to see this at our Monday Link Up! Such a pretty cupcake and I LOVE CUPCAKES!! www.dimpleprints.com
  5. Monday, May 30th, 2011
    Hi Cindy!

    I absolutely love these cupcakes! I featured this post on a roundup of red, white, and blue recipes. Here is the link:


    Have a Happy Memorial Day!
  6. Sunday, June 13th, 2010
    Thanks for this! My daughter turns one on the 4th of July and this is exactly what I want for her party. I tested them out and they came out great!

  7. Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
    Hi there. Thank you for the idea. I just made these with my kids. We had a fantastic time making them, and they look adorable! I used Wilton Icing Color. No-Taste Red and Royal Blue. I just white cake mix (with a few added drops of vanilla extract) and basic white icing. They are super, super cute! Thanks so much!

    My blog post about these cupcakes:
  8. Thursday, June 3rd, 2010
    LOVE these festive cupcakes!

    I linked you up on my tumblr blog! http://pinklittlenotebook.tumblr.com/post/661825258/red-white-and-blue-cupcakes-skip-to-my-lou
  9. Thursday, June 3rd, 2010
    Adorable! I can't wait to make them myself! :) I make a lot of multicolored cakes. Come see my rainbow cake! http://kobialkafamily.blogspot.com/2009/05/rainbow-bright.html
  10. Monday, May 31st, 2010
    I made these with my daughter last night and they are bound to be a hit at our cookout today. Thanks for the tutorial- I linked to you on my blog.
  11. Sunday, May 30th, 2010
    Cute idea. I will have to see about making some of these. You can use the same idea with different colors for many themes and holidays. I also love you polish pottery bowl.
  12. Sunday, May 30th, 2010
    Super cute cupcakes! I'm going out to but the ingredients right now lol. We will have these for Memorial Day tomorrow. How special! Happy SITS also.

  13. Sunday, May 30th, 2010
    These cupcakes are so cute! I love them! You did a Great Job!:)
  14. Sunday, May 30th, 2010
    Ahhh... YUM! Thanks for sharing!
  15. Sunday, May 30th, 2010
    Hi there. Thank you for the idea. I just made these with my kids. We had a fantastic time making them, and they look adorable! I used Wilton Icing Color. No-Taste Red and Royal Blue. I just white cake mix (with a few added drops of vanilla extract) and basic white icing. They are super, super cute! Thanks so much!

    My blog about these cupcakes:
  16. Sunday, May 30th, 2010
    What a sweet idea for 4th of July! Love the star toppers.

    Jamie :)
  17. Sunday, May 30th, 2010
    Oh those are so cute!!! I'm going to stumble this one for the 4th of July!! And i read in your comments that you just used regular icing from a can - I don't believe that!!! :) It's too pretty!!!
  18. Chris
    Saturday, May 29th, 2010
    Do you use double cupcake liners or put them in a decorative one after they are baked?
  19. Saturday, May 29th, 2010
    I love these and the fact that you used a polish pottery bowl makes it that much better
  20. jules p
    Saturday, May 29th, 2010
    These are so cute. I love them!!!
  21. Jennifer
    Saturday, May 29th, 2010
    These are beautiful!! Thank you so much for sharing. I will be doing something close to this for my sons 2nd party! Thanks for the great idea!
  22. Saturday, May 29th, 2010
    i just love how cheerful these rainbow cupcakes look when you bite into them! I saw that you used a cake mix... hmmm... I am still intimidated by my oven (LOL) and seeing you use a cake mix instead of making your own from scratch relieves me of the pressure to make my first cupcake from base ingredients. :P thank you! The colors just inspire me and make me feel real happy! :)
  23. Kirstie
    Friday, May 28th, 2010
    I will be making these! So cute and a big hit with the kids. Thanks for the idea.
  24. Friday, May 28th, 2010
    So cute! Now I hope someone invites me over on the Fourth so that I can bring these!
  25. Friday, May 28th, 2010
    How fun! I did some like that last year, but I like your star lots better! I'm looking forward to your store opening so I can buy some of that coloring!
    Thanks for sharing!
  26. Friday, May 28th, 2010
    LOVE these! Cute! Cute! Cute!
  27. Friday, May 28th, 2010
    Ohhh Cindy Lou....I'm soo glad you are my friend. It's amazing what I can learn from you, even though you adapted my recipe!! You are a rockstar!! And you have shiny bright white teeth too! :)
  28. Friday, May 28th, 2010
    These look SO yummy! My mouth is watering just thinking of sinking my teeth into them!

  29. Friday, May 28th, 2010
    Gotta love Ms. Angry Julie and her inspiration! Love your RW&B cupcakes too ... betcha those won't last long at a picnic! Have a super-duper weekend ~j.
  30. Friday, May 28th, 2010
    Awesome! Love 'em!

    Hugs & Blessings,
    ¸.•´¸.•*¨) ¸.•*¨)
    (¸.•´ (¸.•´ .•´ ¸¸.•¨¯`♥Anita

  31. Friday, May 28th, 2010
    The Morial Day and the 4th july are not tipical italian festivity, but this cakes are so inviting! :D I'll have to try this recipe...
  32. Allyson
    Friday, May 28th, 2010
    Oh my goodness! These are so adorable! We throw a huge neighborhood bash on the 4th and these are going to be perfect! Thank you for the awesome idea!
  33. Friday, May 28th, 2010
    WoW!!! These look so yummy! Great idea for a family get together on the 4th of July..They would be the first thing to go!
  34. Friday, May 28th, 2010
    HOW stinkin' cute! Happy Memorial day!!!
  35. Linda
    Friday, May 28th, 2010
    Can you tell us how you did the icing?? It looks great. Also do you have to go to a specialty store to find the Professional Food Coloring and the star sprinkles? I really enjoy your blog. Thanks
    • Friday, May 28th, 2010
      The icing is just plain frosting from the can. I piped it on the cupcake with a plain tip (sorry no number but the opening is about 1/2"). Yes, the food coloring was from a speciality store--- but you will be in luck soon, because I am opening Sweet! Baking and Candy Making Supply and you will be able to find all of these goodies!
  36. Friday, May 28th, 2010
    I love 'em! They are totally cute and very patriotic!
  37. Friday, May 28th, 2010
    Oh I want these. I want them baaaad!
  38. LisaP
    Friday, May 28th, 2010
    So cute! It's amazing how much more delicious stuff is when it's also fun to look at. :)
    I know of a great super-white frosting recipe that tastes EXACTLY like marshmallow fluff - I used it last year on some red velvet cupcakes with red white & blue sprinkles and it was awesome: http://tinyurl.com/38t98he
    Just remember to use clear vanilla (sometimes labeled "baker's vanilla") for the whitest of white results.
    Happy Memorial Day!
  39. Lisa
    Friday, May 28th, 2010
    These look great! Easy to make and yummy to eat!
  40. Friday, May 28th, 2010
    Very cute!! I love when cupcakes are festive!
  41. Friday, May 28th, 2010
    LOVE these. i might have to try them for 4th of july!! thanks for sharing!
  42. Friday, May 28th, 2010
    Thos are the cutest ever! I am definitely making these. Thank you so much!
  43. Friday, May 28th, 2010
    How fabulous, I love these cupcakes; I will definitely have to make some soon. Do you buy store frosting or make your own, your frosting even looks so perfectly put on; how do you do it? Love your blog.

    Have a great weekend.

  44. Friday, May 28th, 2010
    This is a wonderful tutorial. I am pretty sure I could even make them with this. :-) I am not sure if I need 4th of July cupcakes, but gives me another idea I could use. Thanks, I love learning new things!
  45. Friday, May 28th, 2010
    My daughters birthday is on the 4th of July. I try a different recipe every year, and this year I will make these. Thank you!!
  46. Friday, May 28th, 2010
    Oh these are wonderful! We're having friends with kids over, so we'll definately give these a try. Thanks for sharing!