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3 cupcakes decorated with red white and blue buttercream frosting.

Red White and Blue Frosting

Arlene Mobley - Flour On My Face
Use this red, white and blue homemade buttercream frosting to decorate 4th of July cupcakes or cakes to celebrate the holiday with a patriotic dessert.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 9 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Softening Butter 2 hrs 10 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 19 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 Servings
Calories 213 kcal


  • Piping Bags
  • Large Star Tip


  • 3 sticks unsalted butter
  • 24 oz. powdered sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 5 drops red gel food coloring
  • 5 drops blue gel food coloring
  • 3 tablespoons whipping cream
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  • Cut the butter into cubes. Place the butter into a large bowl and allow to soften on the counter.
  • Beat the softened butter with a mixer until light and creamy.
  • Sift ⅓ of the powdered sugar and the salt into the bowl.
  • Beat the sugar and salt into the butter.
  • Add the vanilla extract to the bowl and beat in.
  • Add the cream to the bowl and beat in until fluffy.
  • Beat more sifted powdered sugar into the bowl and scrape the sides of the bowl.
  • Add the remaining sifted powdered sugar to the bowl and beat until thick and creamy.
  • Divide the frosting into three bowls.
  • Add red food coloring to one bowl and blue food coloring to the other bowl. Leave one bowl uncolored.
  • Mix the food coloring into the frosting until evenly combined and there are no visible streaks of color left in the frosting.
  • Transfer the red, white and blue frosting to piping bags.
  • Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes and decorate with sprinkles.
  • Enough frosting to frost 24 cupcakes.


  • Softening the butter: The butter will take a couple of hours to soften. Cutting it into cubes will speed it along.
  • Powdered sugar: 24 ounces of powdered sugar equals 4 ¼ level cups of un-sifted powdered sugar.
  • Food coloring: My preferred brand of food coloring is Americolor soft gel paste food coloring. Liquid food coloring should not be used to color frosting.
  • 4th of July cupcake decorations: Decorate the cupcakes using patriotic sprinkles and 4th of July cupcake toppers.


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 5mg | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 353IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg
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