Thursday, June 30, 2016

Red, White, and Blue Cupcakes

Perfect for the 4th of July.



These cupcakes are delicious and absolutely adorable.  If you are planning a party, BB-Q, or just hanging out at home this weekend to celebrate Independence Day, I highly recommend you whip up a batch of these.  You can use any of your favorite cupcake recipes, since the pizzaz is really in the frosting.  I made vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting, simple and classic.  It would be fun to add a cherry pie filling, but this time I kept it simple.  To achieve this frosting look, I used filled by piping bag (leaning the bag to the side), with layers of red, white, and blue frosting.  I then piped out the frosting on a plate until all three colors were coming out of the tip.  I frosted in small batches, cleaning out my piping bag and refilling after every 4th cupcake to keep the colors nice and vibrant.



Sugar Cookie Cupcakes
recipe by Baked Perfection

makes approximately 24-30 cupcakes

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups sour cream

In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a separate mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla; mix well. Add the flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream (batter will be thick). Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups with 1/4 cup of batter. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Recipe makes approximately 30 cupcakes.

Very Vanilla Frosting
recipe by Baked Perfection

makes frosting for 24-30 cupcakes

2 sticks of butter, softened
6 cups powdered sugar
pinch of salt
3 tablespoons vanilla extract
2 -4 tablespoons milk
Red and Blue food coloring

Beat butter and vanilla until creamy. Add salt. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, beating until combined. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach desired consistency.  Divide frosting into three bowls.  Add red and blue food to two bowls until you reach desired shade of each color.  Frost as described above.


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