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Follow me on my journey as I experiment with different types of cupcakes and the joy a simple little treat can bring.

Patriotic Cupcakes

I have a confession. I've been busy. I've been exhausted. I've been lazy. So I cheated this week and used a box mix. But in my defense, I added milk instead of water and I dyed it myself. I also made the icing from scratch. I just didn't have it in me to measure flour and sugar. But I do like the way these turned out!

I found these adorable cupcake liners and picks as a set from Wilton at Wal-Mart for $2 about a month ago. I bought the stars and stripes sprinkles around Memorial Day in the dollar section of Target. Can you tell that I love bargain shopping?

I have been planning these for months and apparently so has everyone else in the blogosphere. I have seen so many red, white and blue cupcakes it's crazy! All of them are basically the same idea with their own little twist. I hope you enjoy my twist.

To make the cupcakes, be lazy like me and go buy a box mix. Or you can be fancy and use your favorite recipe for a basic white cake. Make according to the package directions. I used milk instead of the water but you can use whatever you prefer. Once the batter is made, divide it into three equal portions. Mine was about 1 1/3 cups per color. I then added 1/4 teaspoon of red gel food coloring to one bowl and 1/4 teaspoon blue gel food coloring to a second bowl. The third bowl I left white. After lining my muffin tins, I spooned about a tablespoon of red batter into the bottom followed by white and blue. Make sure you spread the batter all the way to the sides so that you get a striped appearance on the outside. Bake according to your directions and allow to cool completely before icing.

Vanilla-Almond Buttercream

½ cup vegetable shortening
½ teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
6 cups powdered sugar
½ cup half and half

In a large bowl, mix together shortening, salt, vanilla, almond extract and 2 cups of the powdered sugar. Add in remaining sugar, 2 cups at a time and alternate with half and half. Add more half and half to thin and more sugar to thicken the icing, if needed. Beat on high speed for 10 minutes until light and fluffy.

4 comments:

Meg - [Life of Meg] said...

Oh my dear goodness! These look amazing! Absolutely making these for our big 4th of July bash - thank you!

LOVE your blog! Found it via Lady Bloggers WEEKS ago and have been a super happy follower ever since!

Mmmm... Cupcakes!

xo
-Meg

Best Housewife said...

I'm one of those bloggers! lol - well, I haven't made them yet, but last week I went to Michael's and bought Wilton's cupcake liners, sprinkles and cupcake toppers (although the toppers I got are little red & blue pin wheels) and my plan was to do the red/white/and blue cake with a box of white cake mix! Great minds think alike! :) And, I love the way you frosted them!!

baking.serendipity said...

I love bargain shopping, and sometimes, cake mix makes the perfect cakes/cupcakes. I use it when I want to focus more on decorating the cupcakes. Yours turned out great :) Happy 4th of July!

Meant to be Mom said...

These look so cute and yummy!

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