4th of July Cupcakes
"A celebration of red, white and blue"
Decorating 4th of July cupcakes
is a lot of fun and it does not need to be complicated.
To help celebrate Independence Day these little patriotic cakes are quick and easy.
Make the fondant decorations ahead of time - infact they can be made weeks inadvance saving you last minute preparation time. Just store them in an airtight container in a cool place, not in the refrigerator.
I have used my vanilla cupcake recipe as the base, I chose vanilla as this looks nicer when using white cupcake paper cases. I managed to find red, blue and white paper cases for this special day to make the impact of these cakes even more dramatic.
You can ice the cupcakes with any buttercream, frosting or ganache of your choice. Fresh cream whipped and piped on top at the last minute would be really lovely. For my icing and frosting recipes click here. If your local bakery has a frosting that you love or if you are running out of time why not asked if you can buy some from them. I have done this in the past and I find they are only too happy to help.
Sweet Red Rose 4th of July Cupcakes
You will need ready to roll fondant (the icing used to cover wedding cakes etc) when decorating these cupcakes.
Colour a portion blue, roll out thinly and stamp out a disc. Put these aside and leave to dry on a board dusted with cornflour to stop them from sticking. This is now the base.
Colour some fondant red and roll thinly then cut into small strips. Roll the strips up loosley into a rose bud and pinch the base together to hold. Place the rose on its end in the centre of a blue base and push down lightly to flatten the rose. Make a small leaf out of white fondant and attach to the rose with a little water.
Leave to dry at least 24 hours before using.
Red, White and Blue Spot Cupcakes
One of the tricks here is not to worry about lining up the spots centrally on each other. The effect is much better if you randomally just place them ontop of each other.
Again you will need ready to roll fondant icing to make these spots. Modelling paste could also be used.
Work out how many cupcakes you will be decorating.
Colour the fondant red and blue and leave some white. Roll into thin sheets and cut spots out in three sizes. Place all the large spots on a board dusted with cornflour to stop them from sticking. Then just arrange all the spots in any combinations so that you have one of each colour. Leave for at least 24 hours before using.
This also looks great in any colour combination ranging from bright colours to pastels for a baby shower.
Cupcake Designs from my
Inspired By Michelle Blog
I added these 4th of July cupcake decorating ideas to my blog and got a great response so I have added the designs here as well. They all use ready to roll fondant icing in red white and blue. I also made the cupcake cases to match.
For more of my great decorating cupcakes ideas click here.
4th of July Chocolate Strawberries
Looking for more 4th of July ideas? Why not make these 4th of July chocolate covered strawberries.
Don't worry if you have never chocolate dipped strawberries as I have a page telling you how to make chocolate covered strawberries.
You could also use these ideas when making your 4th of July cupcakes.
Discover my 4th of July chocolate strawberries by clicking here.