Patriotic Cupcakes

With the Patriotic Cupcakes on this page, you'll create an impressive display worthy of fireworks all on their own.

All of the cupcakes shown here take advantage of the traditional fourth of July designs -- stars, stripes and the famously familiar red, white and blue. Feel free to mix and match different decorations. If you are making several cupcakes, you can lessen your work load by keeping some cupcakes simple by just icing them white and adding red and blue sprinkles. For added punch ice a few cupcakes red or blue and top them with matching color candy or sugar sprinkles!

Patriotic Cupcake Tutorials

Stars and Stripes Cupcake

This simple to make cupcake utilizes fondant star cut outs and a brightly colored blue butter cream. Pop them into a striped or plain cupcake wrapper to finish the design.

>>Check out the step-by-step directions for our Stars and Stripes Cupcakes




Patriotic Flag Cupcake

You'll need to put in a little extra effort to create the flag for this decoration, but it will be well worth the effort. Candy star sprinkles add the finishing touch to this masterpiece.

>>See how to make our Flag Cupcake


Stars and Stripes Patriotic Cupcake

Difficulty Level: Easy

Stars and Stripes Patriotic Cupcake

The design for this cupcake comes together simply with a pretty blue icing for the background. Stars are made from fondant (homemade or store bought is fine). The stripes on the wrapper are not meant to be perfect so don't worry if one stripe is a little fatter than the other. The idea is to make the cupcakes look charming and homemade. We used a sewing machine to add the stitching on the wrapper, but you could sew it by hand using embroidery thread or even draw the stitching on with a fine-tipped red pen.

Bakery/Cake Goods Needed:

  • Your favorite batch of vanilla cupcakes
  • Your favorite butter cream frosting recipe

Star Decorating Supplies:

  • 1 small batch of premade white fondant
    (store bought or homemade)
  • Metal star shaped cutter
    (we used the ½” and 1" star cutter from Wilton’s Star Fondant Cut-outs)
  • Blue Food Color
    (we used Wilton’s paste food color)
  • Small rolling pin
  • Wax Paper

Cupcake Icing Tools:

  • Ateco #804 Round Tip
  • Icing Bag

Finishing Touches:

  • White cupcake liners
  • Red and white striped cupcake wrappers

Making the Stars:

Step 1: With the small rolling pin, roll out the white fondant on a flat surface. With the star cutters, cut out one medium and one small star from the fondant.

Step 2: Set aside on wax paper to harden.

Icing and Decorating your Patriotic Cupcakes:

Step 1: Tint the butter cream icing blue. Fill an icing bag with the blue butter cream and fit the opening with the 804 round tip.

Step 2: Starting from the outside edge of the cupcake, use a circular motion and squeeze the icing out to cover the cupcake.

Step 3: Arrange a medium and small star randomly on top of the cupcake.

Step 4: Place your cupcake in the red and white striped cupcake wrapper.

Variation for this Patriotic Cupcake: Instead of white stars on a blue butter cream background, try blue stars on a white background.

Related Cupcake Products:

Star Fondant Cut OutsRed Striped Cupcake Wrappers

Wilton Set of 3
Star Cut Outs

Red & White Striped
Cupcake Wrappers


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Patriotic Flag Cupcakes

Difficulty Level: Experienced

These festive patriotic cupcakes use the flag as a primary decorating element. You can create a dramatic display by placing cupcakes in different colors of the flag on your table.

Bakery/Cake Goods Needed:

  • Your favorite batch of vanilla cupcakes
  • Your favorite butter cream frosting recipe

Flag Decorating Supplies:

  • 1 small batch of premade white fondant
    store bought or homemade)
  • Red and Blue Food Color
    (we used Wilton’s paste food colors)
  • Small rolling pin
  • Small sharp knife
  • Wax Paper
  • Food safe paint brush
  • White Star Cake Sprinkles
  • Blue and Red Sparkling Sugar

Cupcake Icing Tools:

  • Wilton #1M Star Tip
  • Icing Bag

Finishing Touches for your Patriotic Cupcakes:

  • Red, white or blue cupcake liners

Making the Flags:

Step 1: Break fondant into three balls. Tint one ball of fondant red and another blue. Leave the third ball white. With the small rolling pin, roll out the white fondant on a flat surface. Using the sharp knife, cut out a rectangle approximately 1-1/4” x 1-3/4” in size.

Step 2: Roll out the white fondant again on a flat surface and cut into small strips with the sharp knife (about 1/4" thick). Repeat this step with the red fondant. Dip food safe paint brush in a small amount of water and dampen the surface of the white rectangle you cut earlier. Lay the fondant strips lengthwise across the rectangle alternating between white and red. Trim excess fondant.

Step 3: Roll the blue tinted fondant out on a flat surface. Using the sharp knife, cut out a small blue rectangle about 3/4" x 1/2" large.

Step 4: Attach the blue rectangle to the upper left corner of the red striped rectangle by dampening the surface with a little water. Add a small dab of butter cream to the back of each star sprinkle and attach to the blue fondant.

Icing and Decorating your Flag Cupcakes:

Step 1: Reserve 2 cups of butter cream and keep it white. Divide the remaining butter cream in half. Tint one part blue and the other part red. Fill an icing bag with the white butter cream and fit the opening with the 1M star tip.

Step 2: Starting from the outside edge of the cupcake, use a circular motion and squeeze the icing out to cover the cupcake. Repeat this step with the other two colors.

Step 3: Sprinkle the tops of the cupcakes with colored sugar. Carefully place a flag on each cupcake.

Products Used to Create this Cupcake:

Star SprinklesWilton Rolled Fondant

Red, White &
Blue Star Sprinkles

Wilton White
Rolled Fondant


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More Patriotic Cupcake Decorating Ideas

Find your inspiration by taking a look at these amazing Patriotic Cupcakes:

Uncle Sam Hat Patriotic Cupcake 
Difficulty Level: Experienced

This very cute Uncle Sam's Hat Patriotic Cupcake will create a stunning cupcake display for your fourth of July …


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