Recipes and Cooking Red, White, and Blue Mini Cupcakes Be the first to rate & review! A stripe of gel food coloring in the piping bag creates a marbled effect in the frosting of these Fourth of July cupcakes. By Colleen Weeden Colleen Weeden As a food expert, Colleen Weeden has written extensively for Better Homes & Gardens. From airfryer tips to advice on how to poach an egg, she shares her passion for food with practical, easy-to-follow tips. She has also contributed to Midwest Living magazine. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Updated on January 21, 2022 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Brie Passano Hands On Time: 25 mins Total Time: 2 hrs Servings: 48 Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour ¾ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon baking soda ⅓ cup butter, softened 1 ⅓ cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 egg whites 1 cup buttermilk ¼ teaspoon red gel food coloring Blue gel food coloring 1 recipe Creamy White Frosting (see recipe) Red, white, and blue sprinkles (optional) Creamy White Frosting 1 cup shortening 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla ½ teaspoon almond extract ¼ teaspoon salt 4 cup powdered sugar 3 tablespoon milk Directions Preheat oven to 350°F. Line forty-eight 1 3/4-inch muffin cups with paper bake cups. In a small bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. In a medium bowl beat butter with a mixer on medium to high 30 seconds. Add sugar and vanilla. Beat until well-combined. Add egg whites all at once. Beat on medium-high 2 minutes. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk to butter mixture, beating on low just until combined. Remove 1/2 cup of the batter to a small bowl; stir in red gel food coloring. Place tinted batter in a resealable plastic bag; cut off corner. Spoon plain batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each about two-thirds full. Drizzle red batter over each. Use a toothpick to marble batters. Bake 12 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Remove and let cool in pan(s) 5 minutes. Remove; let cool completely. Use a clean small paint brush to brush stripes of blue gel food coloring inside a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip. Spoon Creamy White Frosting into bag. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes. If desired, top with sprinkles. Makes 48. Creamy White Frosting In a large mixing bowl beat shortening, vanilla, almond extract, and salt with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add 2 cups of the powdered sugar, beating well. Add 2 tablespoons of the milk. Gradually beat in remaining powdered sugar. Gradually add milk until frosting reaches a spreading consistency. Makes about 3 cups. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 126 Calories 6g Fat 18g Carbs 1g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 48 Calories 126 % Daily Value * Total Fat 6g 8% Saturated Fat 2g 10% Cholesterol 4mg 1% Sodium 48mg 2% Total Carbohydrate 18g 7% Total Sugars 15g Protein 1g Vitamin C 0.1mg 0% Calcium 13mg 1% Iron 0.2mg 1% Potassium 18mg 0% Fatty acids, total trans 1g Folate, total 7.6mcg Vitamin B-12 0mcg Vitamin B-6 0mg *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.