Fourth of July Cupcakes: Cupcake Tuesday

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Fourth of July is such a fun holiday, especially for a foodie like me! Last year I shared lots of recipes for some fun desserts, no-bake treats, drinks and of course…lots of CUPCAKES! Be watching for more Fourth of July Recipes, coming soon.

Last Friday, I sent some fun Fourth of July Printable Cupcake Toppers in the Cupcake Chronicles Newsletter. A huge high five to The Paper Cupcake for designing them…she rocks! Check out her Etsy shop!

I also included my easy recipe for the Funfetti Cupcakes! Today I’m sharing these super fun, Tie Dye Cupcakes for the Fourth, complete with a cute little pinwheel for the topper.

Let’s start with the cupcakes…

Fourth of July Tie Dye Cupcakes

Fourth of July Tie Dye Cupcakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 white cake mix plus ingredients for the cake
  • Red and Blue Coloring {I use Wilton Royal Blue and No-Taste Red}
  • Buttercream Frosting {white, blue and red}


  1. Mix white cake and divide into 3 bowls
  2. Add blue and red coloring to 2 of the bowls, mix well
  3. Fill muffin tin with cupcake liners
  4. Spoon batter into liners, over lapping colors a bit
  5. Swirl with a butter knife
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean
  7. Cool completely
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g

I used Wilton No-Taste Red and Royal Blue Coloring. I think the gel paste coloring gives the best color.

Spoon the batter into the liners, it doesn’t have to be really precise. The cupcakes on the top row have already been swirled with a knife.

They turn out kind of camouflage looking. You could also use this same idea to match colors for a birthday party or other celebration.

Let’s decorate them now…

Frost cupcake with white Buttercream. I filled a decorator bag fitted with a Tip #12, then used a spatula to smooth it out.

For the Tie Dye, fit 2 decorator bags with a Tip #3 , and fill one with red Buttercream and the other with blue. Start in the middle and pipe a large dot, then pipe circles around the dot, repeating until you reach the edge of the white frosting.

With a toothpick, pull colored frosting out to the edge. For a different look, pull frosting to the center or even alternate them. The red cupcake at the top of the picture and the red and blue frosted one, both have wavy lines piped on before I used a toothpick to pull it out.

Let’s make the pinwheels now…

I made the Pinwheels the same way I did for the Pinwheel Garland, except I cut the scrapbook paper 2 inches square.  Then I wrapped a lollipop stick with colored twine and glued the pinwheel to the stick.

Gratitude Journal: I’m grateful today for the down time I’m enjoying while visiting family this past week.

Now it’s your turn…show off your cupcake creations! Be sure to link back so others can enjoy the cupcakes and check out the other cupcakes

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