13 Cupcakes That Are Perfect for a Patriotic 4th of July Celebration
When planning your 4th of July bash, in the midst of throwing together a barbeque menu and whipping up batches of cocktails, it can sometimes be easy to forget about dessert. Give yourself and your guests a sweet Independence Day with any of the cupcake recipes from this collection. Whether it's a red, white, and blue variety or tangy lemonade-infused cupcakes, you'll receive rave reviews all around for these 4th of July cupcakes.
Coconut milk and shredded coconut create the tropical flair in these decadent cupcakes. Can't get enough coconut? Recipe creator Jessica suggests adding a dash of coconut extract for an extra boost of flavor.
Independence Day Cupcakes
Celebrate red, white, and blue without ever touching the food dye. In this recipe, vanilla cupcakes are topped with a creamy frosting before being layered with strawberries and blueberries.
Sunshine S'more Cupcakes
Stuffed with chocolate candy kisses and topped with marshmallow creme and graham cracker crumbs, these cupcakes embody all our favorite elements of s'mores. "HOLY COW these are the best cupcakes ever!" says user ZEROBAND.
Real Strawberry Cupcakes
Made with a handful of fresh strawberries and pinch of lemon zest, you get a burst of fruity flavor in every bite. Top each cupcake with a dollop of the rich frosting, and you've got a standout cupcake for the 4th of July.
These multi-colored cupcakes can use whatever palette you desire. Dress them up red, white, and blue for the party, and finish them off these 4th of July cupcakes with a dash of colorful sprinkles.
Pink Lemonade Cupcakes
This is the ultimate recipe for a cupcake that screams summertime. Pink lemonade concentrate adds a sweet and tangy flavor, along with a lovely hue to the batter.
Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes
Get all the taste of pineapple upside down cake, but in an easy-to-serve cupcake version. Since this recipe uses a boxed cake mix, you can have these treats ready in less than an hour.
Dreamy Orange Cupcakes
Recreate a classic summertime treat — orange and vanilla ice cream bars — in cupcake form. The batter is a citrus-infused mix that's baked and topped by a dollop of vanilla marshmallow frosting.
Use your summertime bounty of zucchini in these chocolatey cupcakes. The shredded veggie adds moisture, while the rich cocoa covers up any zucchini taste.
Key Lime Cupcakes
Dress up a box of cake mix into a wow-worthy dessert with this recipe. Fresh lime zest and juice go into the base to add a rich zing.
Rainbow Cupcake Cones
Kids and adults alike will enjoy taking a bite out of this unique dessert. Colorful cake batter is baked into ice cream cones, making an equal parts soft and crunchy dessert that's irresistible.
Raspberry Iced Tea Cupcakes
Reviewer lostinthezoo says, "I prepared everything except the frosting the night before I went to a family breakfast. When I opened the carrier the next morning to put on the frosting I swear the smell was like a little bit of heaven. The fresh lemon in the recipe just kicks the taste of the cupcakes into overdrive."
Lemon Cupcake with Blackberry Buttercream
The 4th of July is the perfect time to use in-season blackberries for these impressive cupcakes. The sweet blackberry frosting is balanced out by the tangy lemon cupcake.