Sunday, July 6, 2008

4th of July Red, White and Blue Cupcakes

Anyone who knows me knows I love cupcakes. There’s something about them that I can’t resist. I can’t resist looking at them, I can’t resist baking them, and I certainly can’t resist eating them. They are delicious.

One of my favorite things about cupcakes—and believe me, the list is very lengthy and spans, easily, a page and a half—is that they are so easy to decorate (and decorate well). Unlike cakes, which risk sopping in the middle, being lopsided or looking unsymmetrical when frosted, cupcakes are both versatile and sturdy. Plus they always look adorable once they’re done. There’s a grocery store near me (shout out to Landis Supermarkets in Vernfield, PA) that sells specialty sprinkles—we’re talking everything from cows to fish to elephants (yes, elephants!) and they always have the best selection for holiday decorations. This year I found adorable red, white and blue stars, and coupled them with Funfetti “Stars and Stripes” cupcakes. Now, normally I don’t use boxed cupcake mixes, but I was in a rush this week to finish up work and pack to drive up to New Hampshire, where my friends and family and I spent the 4th of July weekend.

Since it’s a boxed mix, I won’t include the recipe (just cut open the bag, pour in some oil, water and eggs and stir!) but I do want to include several pictures of the finished products. The frosting is my never-fail “Quick Buttercream Frosting” (posted in practically any cupcake recipe you’ll find on here) and I used a variety of dyes and sprinkles to create one-of-a-kind, unique cupcakes that were both festive and fun. Enjoy!

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