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With the Fourth of July just around the corner it’s time to pick out what themed dish you are going to bring to the festive potluck in the park or the family get together up at the cabin. Yes, the classic blueberry and strawberry mixture with some whip cream on top is perfect in a pinch and is an old time favorite, but why not take it up a notch this year and make some delicious red, white, and blue cupcakes with a super fun and easy tie-dye frosting top. It is a for sure crowd pleaser and the colors can be changed up to fit any holiday or themed party, so you will never be without a dessert idea again.
The first time I made these actually happened because of laziness. I had already made the cake part of the cupcake when I realized I did not have any piping bags but more importantly no piping tips for the frosting. I really was not in the mood to get in my car and drive off to try and find some tips so I tried to power through and use just a Ziploc bag to do the beautiful swirl I wanted. As you can see by the amount off pictures that include the swirled tops, they did not turn out the greatest. I tried to fix it by blending out the colors when slowly it began to have a tie-dye effect. I tried this with the remaining ones and was so happy with the result plus I had so much fun swirling the colors. Definitely have to keep this in the old memory bank for another recipe.
I have allowed my family to try these out before the actual celebration so I can make a fresh batch this weekend and they are so excited for Independence Day to be here. I think I might have to keep them away from the cupcakes on the actual day or there will be none left for the rest of my family. This recipe was a lot of fun to make and a perfect one to do with kids, but be forewarned the dye does get everywhere and if you are not extremely careful, you will have a lot of extra cleanup to do.
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons flax meal
- 3/4 cup of Earth Balance butter, softened
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup + 6 tablespoons flax milk
- Red food coloring
- Blue food coloring
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup Earth Balance Butter
- 1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1-2 tablespoons flax milk
- Red and Blue Food Coloring
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
- For the cake, combine flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and flax meal together in a large mixing bowl until all ingredients are evenly distributed. Add in butter, vanilla, milk to mixture and stir until a nice smooth batter is formed.
- Divide batter evenly between three bowls. Add red food coloring to one bowl and blue food coloring to another, leaving one bowl with undyed batter, and stir until batter is a consistent color.
- Take a cupcake tin and pour the batter into each spot, varying up which color is poured in first and where it is poured. This will help to create a tie-dye effect within the cake.
- Bake cupcakes for 20-25 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean when pushed into the center. Allow to fully cool before attempting to frost.
- For frosting, combine powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, and milk and whisk together until a thick, smooth consistency is created. Divide the frosting up the same as the batter, into three seperate bowls. Add red food coloring to one, blue food coloring to another, and leaving the third plain. Mix until frosting is a consistent color.
- To create the tie-dye pattern, try out different patterns of putting the frosting on top such as creating small rings of each color, three dots of color or stripes. Once this pattern is created, take a toothpick and swirl through the pattern until all of the colors begin to blend together.