Red White and Blue Cupcakes are perfect for Memorial Day, 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 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

Make your red white and blue cupcakes extra special by topping them with a candy star and sprinkles.

diy candy star cupcake toppers

Here is 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-lock 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.

If you don’t have a mold you can draw a small star shape onto parchment paper using the bag filled with melted candy, Once the candy is completely cool and hard, gently remove from the paper and place on cupcakes.

TIP: If not using a mold, hand draw a page of stars or print a page of stars and place the sheet under a piece of waxed paper so you can see the printed stars and use them as a guide while you squeeze the candy into star shapes.

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 the mold firmly against a hard surface to release the candies.  Candies should come out easily, if they don’t, place back into the 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!

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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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

  4. I love ’em! They are totally cute and very patriotic!

  5. 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:
    Just remember to use clear vanilla (sometimes labeled “baker’s vanilla”) for the whitest of white results.
    Happy Memorial Day!

  6. Thos are the cutest ever! I am definitely making these. Thank you so much!

  7. 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.


  8. 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!

  9. 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!!

  10. Oh these are wonderful! We’re having friends with kids over, so we’ll definately give these a try. Thanks for sharing!

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