4th of July Cupcakes

Happy 4th of July! I had an amazing time at the Venice Canals downwind regatta (we placed 4th out of 12) and at my friend’s BBQ. To celebrate our country’s freedom, I made some cupcakes.

These cupcakes are good to make because you can just dye the frosting whichever color you need for the holiday you are celebrating.


4th of July Cupcakes

4th of July Cupcakes

Marble Cupcake – (adapted from Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes) – makes 32 cupcakes

  • 3 1/2 c flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2/3 c milk (room temp)
  • 2/3 c heavy cream (room temp)
  • 1 c (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 c sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2/3 c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 c boiling water

Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a cupcake tin with liners.

In a medium bowl mix the flour, baking powder, and salt. In a small bowl mix the milk and cream.

IN a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs in one at a time. Beat in the vanilla. Add the flour in 3 batches, alternating with the milk mixture.

Combine the cocoa and water in a medium bowl. Measure out 2 cups of the batter into the cocoa bowl and mix together.

Chocolate and Vanilla Cake Batter

Fill the cupcake liners with alternating spoonfuls of chocolate and vanilla batter.

filling the cupcakes liners

Use a toothpick to make a figure 8 in the batter to get the swirls.

Swirled cupcake batter

Bake the cupcakes for about 20 minutes, rotating halfway through. Pull the cupcakes out and let cool on racks.

Frosting – adapted from Wilton – makes about 5 cups

  • 1 c vegetable shortening
  • 1 c (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 8 c (2 lbs) confectioners sugar – sifted
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • red gel food coloring
  • blue gel food coloring

Beat the shortening and butter until light and fluffy (about 3-5 minutes). Beat in vanilla. Gradually beat in sugar. Add the milk.


Split the frosting into 3 bowls. Dye one bowl red, and one bowl blue.

Place the red, white, and blue frostings into 3 separate small piping bags.

Colored frosting

Place all the piping bags into 1 larger piping bag with a star tip on it.

Filling the big bag with frosting

Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes.

Piping the cupcakes

Decorate with star sprinkles, then eat!

4th of July Cupcakes


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