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Fourth of July Cupcakes: Cupcake Tuesday

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Welcome to Cupcake Tuesday! I’m so glad to have you! I have updated the Cupcake Heaven page, there are over 100 designs and recipes! Check it out!!

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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  2. I love love love the pinwheel toppers on those pretty cupakes. Saving that one for later for sure!

  3. Kathryn Puffe says:

    My son’s birthday is 7/3…my husband (his step dad) is very much into tie dye (am typing this as we are listening to Furthur, the revived Grateful Dead)… I am off to the craft store tomorrow to find said Wilton dye gels and make a tie dye birthday cake to please them both! 🙂

    1. Sounds like fun! Let me know if you have questions, I’m happy to help!

  4. Sara Blake says:

    As usual, your cupcakes are adorable Liz! I love all the colors blended together!

    BTW, I almost bought that same exact paper for my 4th of July goodie photo background ~ lol. I think I went with red white and blue stars instead.

  5. Those are super cute!! I love the frosting details and the little pinwheels!

  6. Love the tye dye! These cupcakes are awesome looking! I have linked up my Flag Day cupcakes again since the 4th is coming up and then my mint chocolate cupcakes. Thanks, have a great week!

  7. These are awesome Liz! My son has been asking to make a cake, I just may have to borrow this idea to make it festive.

    I actually made cupcakes last week too. I’m sharing my recipe for Midnight Craving Cupcakes.

  8. Thanks for hosting cupcake Tuesday. I am up to my elbows in Rhubarb and came up with this tasty muffin recipe, which I think you could easily transform into a cupcake with some chocolate frosting. Happy 1st day of summer.

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