4th of July Cupcakes That’ll Be a Hit at Your BBQ

These patriotic treats are the perfect way to sweeten your holiday.


Twizzler Firecracker Cupcakes

Photo by Tastes of Lizzy T

The kids will love to help bake these treats—they can dip the ends of a Twizzler strand in frosting, then sprinkles, to make them look even more explosive.

Photo and idea from Tastes of Lizzy T. Get the recipe here


Cupcakes in a Jar

Photo by Meals Full of Color

Everything looks cuter when baked in a mason jar. As a bonus, these cupcakes can be made vegan-friendly to suit any guest at the barbecue.

Photo and idea from Meals Full of Color. Get the recipe here.


Pop Rocks “Fireworks” Cupcakes

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Want to put some holiday pizazz in a batch of simple vanilla cupcake? Try filling them with a surprise center of festive, fizzy Pop Rocks. The process couldn’t be easier: just bake and cool the cupcakes as you would normally, then out a small scoop and fill with the nostalgic treats before frosting and serving.


Fruit Cupcakes With Vanilla Buttercream

Photo by Girl Who Ate Everything

By coloring half of the batter red and layering it in the tins, you’ll create a “striped” effect that mirrors the flag. Top your cupcakes with fresh fruit in patriotic colors.

Photo and idea from Girl Who Ate Everything. Get the recipe here


American Flag Cupcakes

Photo by Created By Diane

Decorate your cupcakes with “stars” and stripes—if you can’t find dark blue M&Ms, use blueberries for a similar color.

Photo and idea from Created by Diane. Get the recipe here


Berry Stuffed Breakfast Cupcakes

Photo by Chocolate Covered Katie

This is a Fourth of July treat you can feel good about eating—the wholesome cupcakes are made with spelt flour and other healthy alternatives, plus they’re stuffed with fresh berries.

Photo and idea from Chocolate Covered Katie. Get the recipe here


Red, White and Blue Cupcakes With Tie-Dye Frosting

Photo by Tidy Mom

For the tie-dyed icing, Cheryl at Tidy Mom lined the inside of her pastry bag with two stripes of colored food gels. Then she filled the bag with white frosting, and piped it onto the cupcakes.

Photo and idea from Tidy Mom. Get the recipe here


Red, White and Blue Cupcakes With Candy Star Toppers

Photo by Skip to My Lou

These cupcakes are actually multicolored—by splitting the batter into three bowls, and using red and blue food coloring, you get tie-dye cupcakes that are perfectly appropriate for the holiday.

Photo and idea from Skip to My Lou. Get the recipe here


Red Velvet 4th of July Cupcakes

Photo by Your Cup of Cake

If you want a recipe that’s a little more straightforward, you can opt for foods that already exist in the colors you need. Red velvet is an obvious choice, and fresh blueberries are both a seasonal and patriotic topping.

Photo and idea from Your Cup of Cake. Get the recipe here