Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Cupcakes

These cupcakes are super simple to make but they will totally impress your guests for the upcoming 4th of July festivities. I’ve posted about Rainbow and Camouflage Cupcakes before, so this recipe is just a variation of those previous recipes.  I made these for my son’s birthday party in May and they were a huge hit!

Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Cupcakes

Perfect Cake-Mix Cupcakes from Hello Cupcake

Yield: 24 standard cupcakes


  • 18.25-ounce box cake mix (French vanilla, devil’s food or yellow)
  • 1 cup buttermilk, in place of the water called for on the box (the box will call for more water than the buttermilk you are using)
  • Vegetable oil (the amount on the box)
  • 4 large eggs (in place of the number called for on the box)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.


  1. Using substitutions above, follow the box instructions to mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer at low to medium speed until moistened, about 30 seconds. Increase speed to high and beat until thick, 2 minutes longer.
  2. Split the batter into bowls and add color.  I used Wilton’s icing colors, royal blue and red-red.
  3. Spoon the colors one by one into the cupcake liners. Fill them about 1/2 to 2/3 full.
  4. Bake 15 to 20 minutes until tops are golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Remove cupcakes from baking pans, place on a wire rack . Cool completely.  I waited about 30-45 minutes before icing them.

Note: I used Duncan Hines White Cake Mix for my cupcakes. White cake mix stands out and is brighter than yellow cake mix.

Before and After Baking The Red, White, and Blue Cupcakes
Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

(Depending on how many cupcakes you are making, you might want to double or reduce by half.)


  • 10 oz cream cheese softened
  • 10 oz butter unsalted room temp
  • 1.5 lbs of powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp of cream (heavy or whipping)
  • 1.5 tsp of vanilla


  1. Beat cream cheese and butter on med until fluffy, about 3 mins. Add powdered sugar, then liquids.
  2. Beat on med-high/high for about 3 more minutes. Taste. If it still tastes sugary, beat for another minute.

Note: This makes about… 1.5 qts so I can usually frost about 2-3 dozen cupcakes depending on how much I pipe.

*You can add Wilton icing color once again, to color the icing/frosting. I use a Wilton 12-Piece Cupcake Decorating Set to pipe on the icing.  I used the 1M Star Tip on my cupcakes. I then used a container of red, white, and blue sprinkles on top of my icing for that extra patriotic touch.

Decorating the red, white, and blue cupcakes
Find your favorite serving display, and bam…they look super fancy!

Patriotic Cupcakes