Tuesday, July 7, 2009

4th of July cupcakes

For the 4th, the kiddos and I made some red, white, and blue cupcakes with my favorite whipped meringue icing. YUM! I got the inspiration from Recipe GirlTo simplify, I just used a box of white cake mix, and then made the icing homemade. You could use any colors in the cake mix. For more about our 4th of July, visit my other blog for pictures. 
After making your cake mix, divide cake batter into 3 bowls and add desired food coloring; red, white, and blue. Fill muffin tins 1/3 full and swirl colors together with a tooth pick
Bake according to box or recipe and allow to fully cool. 
Make icing, recipe below, and tint to desired color (eat some too)
Let kids decorate! 

Kai ready to eat his cupcakes
Keira decorating her cupcakes
YUM; love the blue
4th of July sprinkles 
I made a few mini cupcakes too (I didnt swirl the batter on these)
This is my favorite icing EVER. Enjoy!
Meringue Icing

5 large egg whites

1 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoons cream of tartar

Pinch fine salt

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 to 3 drops pure almond extract

Bring a few inches of water to a gentle simmer in a saucepan large enough to hold a standing mixer bowl above the water. Whisk the egg whites, sugar, cream of tartar, and salt together in the bowl until combined. Set the bowl over the simmering water and whisk constantly until sugar is completely dissolved and mixture is smooth and hot to the touch, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to the standing mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and beat at medium-high speed until meringue is cool and holds a soft peak, 4 to 5 minutes. With the speed on low, add the vanilla and almond extracts; increase speed to medium and continue whisking until mixture is glossy and holds a stiff peak, 1 to 2 minutes more. YUM

This post has been linked to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday and Tasty Tuesday


  1. Oh wow!! You just gave me an idea for a party we are invited to....its a neon party and if I make the cupcakes in neon colors, they will fit right in. Thanks for the idea.
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  2. Fun recipe! Thanks for sharing your recipe and joining us for the TMTT anniversary today.

  3. Love the cupcakes. They look gorgeous!

  4. I bet your kiddos just LOVED making these. They are adorable!! What fun for the 4th.

  5. Oooh! Aaaah! The cupcakes look great and the icing sounds FABULOUS!

  6. These are so cute, and I bet they were delicious too!

  7. Man! Wish I would have happened upon your blog before the 4th. I was struggling to find something different to make for a party. This is a great idea.
    Also, LUV the blog name...hilarious! ;o)

  8. These seriously look awesome! Please share your recipe with our readers by linking it up at Muffin (and Cupcake) Monday. Not only are these perfect for the 4th of July but also Memorial Day! Thanks!