In a previous blog post, I share with you how I made red, white, and blue home-baked cookies for the frontliners in our neighborhood. My sons and I enjoyed making them and we distributed them to nearby hospitals. My son also had a former teacher who volunteered as a nurse so we went there and gave out cookies and cupcakes, too. In this blog, I’d like to share with you how we made the homemade cupcakes with red, white, and blue icing, too.
Festive Homemade Cupcakes with Red, White, and Blue Icing
What I love about cupcakes is that you can store them for 2 to 3 days and they would taste just as good. You can also get creative with cupcakes and make different flavors with different toppings. I like making chocolate cupcakes then frosting them with cream cheese and fresh strawberries.
I decided to make these festive red, white, and blue homemade cupcakes for our frontliners. Since I already gave out cookies to hospitals, we gave out the cupcakes to police officers, firefighters, and supermarket employees.
Just as my sons and I were done with the cookies, my friend arrived with her little girl. They also helped out in making the cupcakes. Her little girl had so much fun putting frosting on the cupcakes. My bad — I forgot to take photos! We had been so busy that nobody even touched their phones! We should do this more often so we get to bond more and avoid gadgets.
Memorable Cupcakes for Memorable Occasions
You can also make these cupcakes for other festive American holidays such as Labor Day and Independence Day. Change the colors of the icing and you can also make them for Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day! Give them as gifts for special occasions, too, such as birthdays and anniversaries. Or, you can just bake them and make any day special!
Don’t forget to share this Homemade Cupcakes recipe with your friends to commemorate a special American day!
Salute to all the frontliners!
Source: Red, White, Blue Swirl Cupcakes
Red, White, and Blue Homemade Cupcakes
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 6 tbsp unsalted butter melted at room temperature
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
- 180 ml buttermilk
For the frosting:
- 280 grams unsalted butter room temperature
- 5 cups powdered sugar
- 1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1-2 tbsp cream or water
- red and blue gel icing color
- red, white, and blue sprinkles
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Arrange cupcake liners on a cupcake pan and set aside.
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
- In a mixing bowl, add butter, oil, and sugar. Beat for 2 to 3 minutes until it turns fluffy and lighter in color.
- Add the eggs one at a time. Mix well after adding each egg. Add vanilla extract after the second egg and mix well.
- When mixing, make sure to scrape the sides to incorporate the ingredients.
- Add half of the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until smooth.
- Gradually add the milk and mix well to combine.
- Add the rest of the dry ingredients and mix well until smooth. Do not over mix .
- Divide the batter into 3 bowls. Add a few drops of red and blue gel color to one of the bowls and fold gently. Pour about 4 tablespoons or more to each cupcake liner. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. To check if the cupcakes are good, insert a toothpick in the middle. If it comes out clean, then it is baked.
- While baking the cupcakes, prepare the frosting. Put butter in a mixing bowl and beat until creamy.
- Add half of the powdered sugar and mix well. Add vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon water or cream. Mix well until smooth.
- Add the rest of the powdered sugar. Mix well until smooth.
- Add more water or cream until you reach the desired consistency. Add salt to taste.
- Divide the frosting into 3 bowls. Add a few drops of red and blue coloring to one of the bowls.
- Prepare a piping bag by placing one color of frosting each in a Ziplock bag. You should have 3 bags with blue, white, and red frosting.
- When the cupcakes are ready, place them in a cooling rack to cool. Once cool, cut a corner off the Ziplock bag and swirl the frosting on the cupcakes. You can put 3 colors of frosting on each cupcake. Sprinkle with red, white, and blue sprinkles for the final touch.