Food Fun and Facts - Recipe for Festive Fourth of July Cupcakes

Have a Flag-Waving Fourth

(Family Features) Celebrate the Fourth with a fabulous finale....serve dessert while you enjoy the fireworks.

These all-American cupcakes are festively adorned in red, white and blue from top to bottom, beginning with star-studded Old Glory baking cups all the way up to the waving flag.

They promise to be patriotically pleasing for all - kids and adults alike.

The cupcakes can be any flavor, made from a mix or from scratch.

Ice with white buttercream to create a canvas for star-spangled decorating fun.

For a surprise in every bite (if you're making yellow or white cupcakes), the Wilton Test Kitchen recommends folding red, white and blue nonpareils, sprinkle mixes or jimmies into the cupcake batter just before filling the baking cups.

Use up to one-fourth cup for a two-layer cake mix.

Whip up a batch of star-spangled cupcakes for your Fourth of July celebration with these assorted patriotic baking cups.

Featuring a variety of red, white and blue baking cup designs and 3" wooden star picks, you'll be all set for your annual July summer picnic or neighborhood block party.
Includes 100 each of 2 1/2" diameter paper cups
Now they're patriotic inside and out!
100 Patriotic Baking Cups With Picks

To make a flagpole for the candy flag topper, simply insert a lollipop stick into the cupcake and attach the flag icing decoration with stiff buttercream.

Or use stars and stripes party picks or patriotic foil pix to top the cupcake instead of the candy flag.

Either way, they will be a perfect tribute to the occasion.

Cupcakes can be baked, sprinkled and iced up to one day in advance; store covered at room temperature.

Top with the flag just before serving.

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Fourth of July Sprinkle Kit

Decorate all of your Fourth of July desserts with our sprinkle decorating kit.

Kit includes red, white and blue mini and regular stars, nonpareils, and jimmies.

Everything you need to make your treats patriotic!

Fourth of July Sprinkle Kit

Recipe for Flag Festivities Cupcakes

Makes 24 cupcakes

1 package (18.25 ounces) yellow or white cake mix
Egg, oil and water to prepare mix
1/2 cup red, white and blue nonpareils, sprinkle mixes or jimmies, divided
3 cups ready-to-use white decorator icing or buttercream icing
24 4-inch lollipop sticks
24 Patriotic Flags icing decorations

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F.
Place baking cups in standard muffin pan.

In large bowl, prepare cake mix following package instructions. Stir in up to 1/4 cup of the sprinkles; spoon into baking cups. Bake 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center or cupcake comes out clean. Cool completely.

Ice cupcakes smooth; add remaining sprinkles. Insert lollipop sticks into cupcakes; attach icing decorations with stiff icing.
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A smart and alternative to churning through hundreds of disposable paper muffin liners, this set of 12 baking cups can be used over and over again.

The 2-by-3-by-1-1/2-inch cups fit in the cavities of standard metal or glass muffin pans, or they can be placed individually on a flat cookie sheet or jelly-roll pan for stability.

Constructed of food-grade silicone that resists stains and odors, they deliver exceptional baking performance and even cooking for a variety of delicious treats--everything from birthday cupcakes and fresh breakfast muffins to individual brownies, mini cheesecakes, and more.

In addition, the flexible cups ensure easy removal of baked goods or molded gelatins, and their crinkled edges impart that traditional muffin edging so popular in coffee shops and bakeries.

While safe for use in the freezer, microwave, or conventional oven (up to 500 degrees F), the versatile baking cups can also be used to hold colorful candies, individual party favors, or multi-colored sprinkles and edible glitter while hosting a cookie-making party or decorating cakes.

Best of all, they feature convenient fill lines that take the guesswork out of baking.
Stackable for compact storage, the set of 12 baking cups (6 red and 6 blue) cleans up easily by hand or in the dishwasher and carries a limited lifetime warranty.
Wilton 415-9400 Easy Flex Silicone 2-Inch Reusable Baking Cups, 12 Count

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