Thursday, July 7, 2011

Red White and Blue Cupcakes

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July. Ours was perfect with a beach visit in the morning where a paddle board competition with 500+ boarders was going on. Next we went to a potluck with friends and delicious food and lastly was fireworks on the beach. For the potluck I wanted to bring a festive dessert and that's when I decided to make these cute little cupcakes. The cakes made from scratch were flavorful and dense and everyone at the party loved the tri-colored theme.

Red White and Blue Cupcakes
2 cups white sugar
1 cup butter
4 eggs
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup milk
red and blue food coloring

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line the muffin tins with paper liners.

In a medium bowl cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then add the vanilla. In a separate bowl combine the flour and baking powder, then add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Finally, stir in the milk until batter is smooth.

Divide the batter into three equal portions. In one bowl add red food coloring and in a second add blue food coloring; mix the batter until the coloring is even. Spoon the batter into the muffin tins, starting with the blue, then the white and lastly the red. This batter makes exactly 24 muffins so be sure to spoon only a small spoonful of each batter into the tins.

Bake 20-25 minutes; cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Red White and Blue Buttercream Frosting
3-4 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cups soft butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-2 Tablespoons milk
red and blue food coloring

Combine the powdered sugar and soft butter, blending for 2-3 minutes. Add the vanilla and milk and blend again until combined. Place 1/2 cup of frosting in two separate bowls adding red food coloring to one and blue to another. Keep the frosting in the fridge until you're ready for icing to keep it firm.

When you're ready to ice the cupcakes place red frosting on one side of your frosting bag, blue on the other and a large amount of white frosting in the center.

Who Dished it first? me

I'm adding this recipe to Sweet as Sugar Cookies weekend link party! Come check out the sweet selection.


Lisa said...

Those look incredible! I have a sweet treat linky party on my blog every Friday afternoon (3pm) till Monday and I'd love it if you'd come by and link your cupcakes up. By the way, I love that you chose the Hawaii temple in your side picture. Having grown up in Hawaii, it's definitely one of my faves.

Screaming Sardine said...

Wow, how pretty are these! I love the soft pastel colors - eye candy and mouth candy!

By the way, "Aloha" back to you. I lived in Honolulu for a few years. I miss it.

Anyway, I'd love for you to link this and any other cupcake related post you have at the month long Cupcake Link Party!


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