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Patriotic Cupcakes.

red white and blute cupcakes patriotic fourth of july 4th independence day swirl gluten free  

I get lots of requests to make my cupcakes and for the upcoming holiday my mom suggested I make a red, white, and blue swirl version. This time I didn't do anything special with the batter - I used my all-time favorite mix brand which is Pamela's. To make these cupcakes I made the batter and then scooped out one cup of it into one bowl and one cup into another. I added red food coloring to one and blue to the other.

red white and blute cupcakes patriotic fourth of july 4th independence day swirl gluten free

I filled cupcake wrappers about halfway full then added a dollop of blue and a dollop of red to each. On some of them I layered more vanilla mix on top - each cupcake is different!

Then, I took a toothpick and swirled it around in each cup. Baked them and voila! Patriotic cupcakes!

red white and blute cupcakes patriotic fourth of july 4th independence day swirl gluten free

 

I wanted to make swirl frosting for some of them also so I pulled out about 1/4 cup of the frosting and mixed red food coloring in. I packed the white frosting into one side of my frosting decorator press (you NEED one of these if you don't have one!) and the red into the other.

red white and blute cupcakes patriotic fourth of july 4th independence day swirl gluten free

 

That was a super easy way to get a fancy red swirl for some of the cupcakes like this:

red white and blute cupcakes patriotic fourth of july 4th independence day swirl gluten free

 

Here is the super yummy and easy frosting recipe that I use:

Nikki's Vanilla Frosting

4 cups confectioner's sugar

1 stick butter, softened

2 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. room temperature water

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

I beat the butter with a hand mixer first and then add the other ingredients in. Mixture should be fairly stiff. If you need to you can add more water, 1 teaspoon at a time. For a decorator press you want the frosting to be stiffer. I like this recipe because it is soft and sweet yet dries to hold a great shape.

Happy Independence Day everybody!

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red white and blute cupcakes patriotic fourth of july 4th independence day swirl gluten free

 

red white and blute cupcakes patriotic fourth of july 4th independence day swirl gluten free

 

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