Fourth of July Cupcakes Recipe

Delicious cupcake idea that is just perfect for July 4th! These Fourth of July cupcakes is the perfect way to show your patriotism!

Fourth of July Cupcakes Recipe

It is getting close to the Fourth of July and I wanted to make cupcakes.

What says Fourth of July to you? I think of the colors red, white, and blue, fireworks, and cookouts. So I decided these cupcakes needed to be red, white, and blue.

I used red and blue cupcake liners and made white cupcakes. Then I made red, white, and blue buttercream icing to top the cupcakes. Want to learn how I did the icing? Find out

Want to learn how I did the icing? Find out how to make a multi-colored cupcake swirl.

Fourth of July Cupcakes Recipe

This was the first time I have ever made cupcakes with multi-color swirls so it turned out to be pretty fun. They are going to be great for the Fourth of July! Another great treat for the Fourth

Another great treat for the Fourth of July celebrations are these  4th of July Rice Krispie Treats.

Fourth of July Cupcakes Recipe

4th of July Cupcakes

Perfect cupcakes for a 4th of July celebration!

Fourth of July Cupcakes Recipe

Fun tri-colored cupcakes perfect for the 4th of July.
Print Recipe
Fourth of July Cupcakes Recipe
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:18 minutes
Total Time:28 minutes


Fourth of July Cupcakes

  • 1 box white cake mix with pudding in the mix
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 warm water
  • 3 egg lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Buttercream Icing

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar Sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • Food Coloring Gel – you will need red and blue


Fourth of July Cupcakes

  • Line your cupcake tins with cupcake liners.
  • In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients with your mixer on medium speed for about 2 minutes or until well blended.
  • Place batter evenly into the cupcake liners. I found just a little bit more than 2 tablespoons of batter works well.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes.

Buttercream Icing

  • Beat the butter for a few minutes using your mixer on medium speed.
  • Add 3 cups of powdered sugar and mix on low speed until blended.
  • Add the vanilla extract, salt, and 2 tablespoons of milk. Mix on medium speed for 3 minutes.
  • If you need stiffer frosting, add the remaining sugar.
  • If you need a thinner frosting, add the remaining milk.
  • Split your frosting in thirds. Add red food coloring gel to one and blue to another one.
  • Ice your cupcakes.


Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 186mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 315IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Calories: 293kcal
Author: Midwestern Moms

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  1. Kelly @jackandparker says:

    5 stars
    Oh those are adorable! And that icing trick is great– I totally would’ve thrown them all in the same bag and had a mush of icing– haha. pinning these!!

  2. Your Feathered Friend says:

    5 stars
    These are so cute! I’m going to have to give these a try.

  3. Jennifer Dunham says:

    Oooh, Very simple and looks delicious!

  4. Patrice M Foster says:

    5 stars
    I want to try these 4th a July cupcakes but I am afraid I will mess up. Baking is not me. It looks real easy how you have it.

    1. These were the first cupcakes I have made with the multi-colors. It was easier than I thought. I am sure you can do it! :)

  5. Michelle @ Momsarefrugal says:

    These look so delicious and easy to make. I love the printable recipe…so I printed it, and we will be trying these real soon. The red, white, and blue icing and the liners really make these patriotic.

  6. Kristin Nador says:

    What fun cupcakes! Pinned these! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  7. Natasha in Oz says:

    They look amazing-I’m not sure I would have your patience though! Thanks for the recipe and tips.

    I have just started a brand new link up and it went live today! If you have a minute to spare I’d be thrilled if you could share your post at the Sundays Down Under link up.

    Best wishes for a fabulous week.
    Natasha in Oz

  8. Jennifer Tammy says:

    LOVE that! I have not tried a colour swirl yet – I might have to try one for Canada day using white and red!

  9. So pretty! Thanks so much for sharing with us at #HomeMattersParty. Hope you join us again next week! The door opens Friday EST.

  10. MryJhnsn (@mryjhnsn) says:

    5 stars
    I love how you frosted them! And, that we are not neighbors hehehehehe ;)

  11. Sinea Pies says:

    5 stars
    Pretty pretty pretty! Pinned them :)

  12. YUMMY! Thank you for sharing at the #summerfamilyfun link-up! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

  13. Kim @ The Baking ChocolaTess says:

    Lovely for the 4th of July! Party time for sure! Visiting from Home Matters LInky Party. Pinning, and thanks for sharing.

  14. Hey Devon,
    Just wanted to let you know I’ve featured your cupcakes on my July 4th round up….

    Have a great week!

  15. Kristen from The Road to Domestication says:

    5 stars
    Love these! So pretty and festive! Thanks so much for taking the time to link up with us at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again on Friday!

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