Red, White, and Blue Mini Cupcakes

A stripe of gel food coloring in the piping bag creates a marbled effect in the frosting of these Fourth of July cupcakes.

Red, White, and Blue Mini Cupcakes
Photo: Brie Passano
Hands On Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs


  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line forty-eight 1 3/4-inch muffin cups with paper bake cups.

  2. In a small bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Bake 12 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Remove and let cool in pan(s) 5 minutes. Remove; let cool completely.

  7. 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

  1. 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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

126 Calories
6g Fat
18g Carbs
1g Protein
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.

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