If you’re throwing a 4th of July party this year for your family and friends, you’re going to love our new patriotic red, white and blue cupcake! And the best part, it’s actually two desserts in one because we topped our Independence Day cupcake with a brownie! That’s right – let freedom ring – we’re going all out this summer! Keep scrolling and see how we decorated these festive chocolate cupcakes because I know they’re soon to be your new favorite party food for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day!
A few years ago we moved into a house with a pool, which means 4th of July party hosting usually falls on my plate. And I absolutely love having friends and family over for a day of playing in the pool, yard games, BBQ and fireworks! It’s always fun to put together patriotic party decor, make some special treats like Sangria Popsicles for my sister-in-laws and I really love baking up a special red, white and blue dessert! Today, let me share my new 4th of July Cupcake recipe with you – take a look…
4th of July Cupcake Ideas
You know I love homemade desserts that look super fancy and taste amazing, but are actually fairly easy to put together if you don’t do everything from scratch, right? Well this is another example. By all means, if you love baking from scratch go right ahead. But if you want to save some time, there’s no shame in buying box cake mix and pre-made brownie bites. That’s what I did here and no one was the wiser.
Here are a few key things you’ll want to make sure you pick up or have on hand (the full ingredient list is below with the recipe):
- Dark Blue Cupcake liners (or go for something a little more festive like these)
- Red, white and blue glitter star cupcake toppers
- Red, white and blue sprinkles
- A box of your favorite chocolate cake mix
- Pre-made brownie bites
- Squeeze bottle (for applying the chocolate ganache)
Patriotic Dessert Assembly
You’ll begin by making your chocolate cupcakes. You can follow the directions on the box or add in a few extra ingredients like we did in the recipe below. Either way, you’ll need to let the cupcakes completely cool before you begin assembly.
Meanwhile, mix up your chocolate frosting and chocolate ganache following the recipes and directions below. Once your cupcakes are cool, use an ice cream scoop to grab enough frosting for each cupcake. Using a mini angled spatula, lightly spread and smooth the frosting evenly into a thick mound of frosting on top of your cupcake.
Next, you’ll grab your squeeze bottle filled with chocolate ganache and pipe some onto the top of the frosting (kind of in a firework burst pattern). Before it has a chance to dry, carefully sprinkle some of your patriotic sprinkles on top like pictured.
While the ganache is setting, mix up your red, white and blue frosting as described in the recipe below. You’ll put all 3 colors carefully into a single piping bag to achieve the mixed color look that decorates the brownie bites. Top each brownie bite with frosting and some more patriotic sprinkles and then use two toothpicks to attach the brownie bite to your cupcake at a slight angle.
The final step is to add a glitter star cupcake topper to the other side of the cupcake, completing your decoration. And that’s it! Show-stopping 4th of July Cupcakes for your nearest and dearest!
I hope you give these a try at your 4th of July party this year! Be sure to Pin this post to your Recipe board too!