Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Red, White & Blue Tie-Dye Cupcakes Recipe

Ready for the 4th of July?
Make these festive cupcakes for your family this holiday
for a sweet and patriotic treat.

Red, White and Blue 4th of July Cupcakes
*makes 24 cupcakes

Cupcake Ingredients:

2 white cake mixes
6 eggs
vegetable or canola oil
Red food coloring (gel or paste food colors work best for the most vibrant colors)
Blue food coloring (I used Wilton brand gel food color for both: No-Taste Red & Royal Blue)
White or 4th of July-themed cupcake liners

Cupcake Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare cake mixes according to package directions, adding the specified amount of eggs, oil and water. Divide the batter into three bowls. Leave 1 bowl plain white. Color the 2nd bowl with the blue gel until it is the desired color. Do the same for the 3rd bowl with the red gel.

Place your paper liners into 2 cupcake pans. Spoon the plain white batter 1/3 of the way up into the liners. Next, spoon the blue on top of the white, also 1/3 of the way. Finally spoon the red layer into the last 1/3 of the cupcake liner. Place in oven and bake at 350 degrees for 15 - 18 minutes. Remove from oven when done and place on cooling racks.

Red, White & Blue Buttercream Icing
*makes a double batch

Icing Ingredients:

2 sticks butter, softened
2 cups Crisco Vegetable shortening
14 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Red food coloring gel or paste
Blue food coloring gel or paste
Optional: red, white and blue sprinkles or candies

Icing Directions:

Place the softened butter and Crisco into a large mixing bowl. Add in the vanilla and blend on medium until creamy. Slowly add in the powdered sugar, 1 - 2 cups at a time, blending well after each addition. (If you don't have a mixer large enough for this then split the recipe and make 1 batch at a time.) After all of the powdered sugar has been mixed in, the icing will be very thick. Thin out by adding milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, then blending on medium speed. It may take 6 - 10 tablespoons to do this.

When the icing is spreadable, divide it into three large bowls. Leave 1 bowl white. Add a generous amount of blue food coloring to the 2nd bowl and mix well with a spatula. Do the same for the 3rd bowl with the red.

Spoon the icing into 3 cake decorating bags and fit with Wilton Open Star Tip 1M (If you don't have these items, you can simply use gallon-size Ziploc bags and snip off the ends to make icing bags. They won't have the star-shape but they'll still look great.).

Take a cooled cupcake and make a white ring around the edge with the white frosting.

Next, make a smaller circle within the white one with the blue icing.

Now top off the blue with a small red rosette.

Now finish off with embellishments like sprinkles or these festive Wilton candies I found at my local Walmart.

Time to take a bite and watch the fireworks.


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