What's the 4th of July without a festive treat to celebrate this country's birthday? If you're one for baked goods, then a few homemade 4th of July cupcakes are definitely in order. We've collected our favorite patriotic options for all baking levels. Of course, you'll find classic options like a cupcake display inspired by the American flag. Whether you're celebrating like the Drummonds with a big Independence Day bash or you're simply grilling up your favorite BBQ foods, you can't go wrong with red, white, and blue cupcakes for the fourth of July. But you'll also find sweets that just feel so festive with sprinkles and colorful swirls. Think subtle options like cherry pie cupcakes or a pink berry cupcake that make the perfect strawberry dessert.
Looking for a cupcake inspired by the warmer weather? Try the pink lemonade cupcakes, the watermelon cupcakes, or the cupcakes that look just like an ice cream sundae! When it comes to decorating cupcakes, get the kids to help out as a fun 4th of July activity. They can bake, frost, and decorate the treats to their heart's content. Then, display their masterpieces on your 4th of July dessert spread. They'll look so cute next to all the festive 4th of July decorations. And, for more summer dessert ideas, check out our list of no-bake treats or the epic flag cake that's sure to impress.
This one's for all the folks who need a little extra help staying up late to watch the fireworks! These cupcakes get their rich flavor from coffee extract and instant espresso powder.
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Chocolate Creme Cupcakes
This one is for all those chocolate fans who need their kick before the end of the night! These cupcakes are chocolate filled with chocolate meringue, topped a little swirl of white glaze
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When the fireworks begin to sparkle and illuminate the night, bring out a batch of cupcakes to match the show! These champagne cupcakes start with a boxed vanilla cake mix that's whisked with champagne. Top with homemade buttercream frosting and a sparkler to really make them shine.
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Red, White, and Blue Cupcakes
There's no better way to say 4th of July than red, white, and blue cupcakes! The patriotic twist can be achieved by dividing the batter into three parts. Top with star sprinkles for an extra sweet and festive touch.
Cherry Pie Cupcakes
Is there anything more all-American than cherry pie? We think not! But instead of making one big pie, you can share a cute cupcake version with each individual at your party.
We've all heard of red velvet, but have you heard of blue velvet? This fun twist swaps the red food coloring for blue, then finishes the treats with a strawberry buttercream.
Double Lemon Cupcakes
Put out a big pitcher of lemonade at your barbecue—plus, a batch of these refreshing lemony cupcakes! We hear they go great with hot dogs.
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American Flag Cupcakes
This decorating trick is genius: You just need a piping bag, red, white, and blue frosting, and some star sprinkles to create an edible flag!
Cookies and Cream Cupcakes
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Bomb Pop Cupcakes
Reminiscent of an ice cream truck favorite, these vanilla cupcakes with red, white, and blue frosting are sure to be a huge hit with kids and adults alike.
Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes
Everyone at your fourth of July party will get a kick out of these ice cream look-alikes. The best part is that you won't have to worry about them melting in the sun.
Twizzler Firecracker Cupcakes
To make these firecrackers soar, use pull-and-peel licorice dipped in melted white chocolate and blue sugar crystals. It's a fun project that you can get the kids to help with.
Celebrate America's birthday with the ultimate birthday cupcake: classic vanilla! You can even dress these up with red, white, and blue sprinkles.
S'mores Cupcakes with Graham Cracker Frosting
Summertime and s'mores go hand-in-hand, so skip the campfire this Fourth of July and bring these s'mores-inspired cupcakes instead.
Red, White, and Blue Funfetti Cupcakes
Get ready to party! Serve these sprinkle-studded cupcakes in plastic wine glasses filled with candy for a truly festive feel.
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