Recipes and Cooking 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. By Colleen Weeden Updated on January 21, 2022 Print 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. 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.