July 4th Cupcakes
Celebrate Independence Day with these adorable -- and delicious -- stars and stripes cupcakes.
Cake recipe or mix
Box of confectioners' sugar
1 stick unsalted, room temperature butter
1 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
4 tsp. milk
Red food coloring
Blue rolled fondant
Cupcake baking pans
Pastry bags and piping tips
Star-shaped cookie cutter
Step 1: Bake vanilla cupcakes
Bake cupcakes according to your favorite recipe or with a cake mix.
Step 2: Make vanilla frosting
While the cupcakes are cooling, combine the sugar, butter, and vanilla in a mixing bowl; then add the milk. Beat until very well blended and fluffy, adding more milk if necessary.
Step 3: Color the frosting
Divide the frosting in half, and add a few drops of red food coloring to one batch. Keep adding coloring until you get the desired shade.
Step 4: Pipe on the frosting
Pipe alternating stripes of red and white frosting on the cupcakes, once they have cooled completely.
As an alternative, ice the cupcakes in white frosting and pipe on the red stripes.
Step 5: Cut stars
Roll out ready-to-use blue rolled fondant and, using a mini star-shaped cookie cutter, cut out stars. Center one on each cupcake. Enjoy your patriotic treats!