Unique Designs For 4th Of July Cupcakes

When it comes to 4th of July cupcakes, you'll want to stick with the traditionally red, white and blue. One way to add America's Independence Day to a cupcake is to check out the fruit aisle in the grocery store. Fresh fruit that will make the red and blue colors pop on your cupcakes are strawberries, cherries and blueberries.

To showcase the holiday as well as the food, go for bold colors and even bolder tastes with your 4th of July desserts. Because strawberries and blueberries are in season during the fourth of July, half the battle has already been won. Fresh fruit is both bold in appearance and in taste. Stick with fruits you have in your own backyard or ones that can be picked at a local farm, and your cupcakes will be even more delicious.

Designing Cupcakes
Because cupcakes can be made easily with a cake mix, you needn't worry about making anything from scratch. The only real item you need to worry about is your own ability to design the cupcake tops. If you don't have a friendship with frosting, now would be a good time to develop one. Frosting and cupcakes go hand in hand. Without frosting and garnish, your cupcake will look old-fashioned and drab.

Frosting will be the first ingredient you use to decorate your cupcake, of course, but few cupcakes today are simply frosted. Sprinkles, coconut, candies and fruits are just a few of the decoration options open to you, as you'll see below:

Wavy Flag Cupcake Cake
Ingredients You Will Need:
2 cake mixes
3 tubs of white frosting
Food coloring
White chocolate stars from Godiva

To make a flag, use two cake mixes-mix and match them, or use two of the same flavor. After baking the cupcakes according to the box directions, place them on a large foil cookie sheet in the shape of a flag. Or, if you don't have a large cookie sheet, arrange the cupcakes on a clean countertop where guests can access them easily. Open three tubs of white frosting. Leave one tub white, but use food coloring to tint the other two red and blue.

Frost 12 cupcakes blue. Place them in the left-hand corner to represent the blue on the flag. Top each cupcake with a white chocolate star. Then frost 19 cupcakes red and the rest white. Top the white cupcakes with coconut. Start with a red stripe, and then work your way down, alternating red and white stripes until you run out of cupcakes. Curve the red and white lines of the flag to represent a waving flag.

Patriotic Cupcakes
Ingredients You Will Need:
2 cups fresh strawberries
2 cups fresh blueberries
2 cups fresh bananas
Lemon juice
12 cupcakes, baked according to package directions
1 tub white frosting

Wash the strawberries and blueberries, drain the fruit and then pat dry. Then slice the bananas, and spray lemon juice over the top of the sliced bananas to keep them from browning. Cover the top of each cupcake with a thick layer of frosting, and then add the fruit. You can either make patterns on the cupcakes with all three fruits or place only one type of fruit (one color) atop each individual cupcake.

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