Red, white and ruffled!

Fourth of July Cupcakes

These were soooo fun! I’ve been wanting to try ruffled frosting since I got my hands on Trophy Cupcakes Book. Their vintage ruffle technique is beautiful and I thought the Fourth of July would be a great excuse for me to try piping ruffles … yikes … with three colors!

Cupcakes and frosting

Divide buttercream frosting into piping bags for this tri-colored look, but one color would be just as pretty.


One thing I realized after piping a bunch of these, was that I should not have divided the frosting in equal amounts. The bottom color needs a larger amount, the middle color a little less, and the top color the least. Hope that helps if you decide to try this with multiple colors.

Piping Ruffles

Dive in and start piping around the perimeter of your cupcake with the first color.

Petal tip

Here’s the key (or tip) – Use a petal tip and hold it with the widest end pointing down towards the cupcake when you pipe. Start on the outer perimeter and apply even pressure to the piping bag while rotating the cupcake with your other hand. It took me several tries to get even ruffles and it helps to keep your piping bags about half full so you can pipe with better control.

Now my tip is one of the small sizes (#104) so I ended up with multiple little waves, but Trophy’s cupcakes are made with a larger tip (Ateco #127 – See this old post for an example of their ruffles in the book). I just didn’t have that size so I improvised. I definitely want to make them again with one color and a bigger tip.


But I think the small size worked out great for three colors because I could go around the cupcake two times with each color.

Ruffled Buttercream Frosting

Eeek! Love it. I just need to practice, practice, practice to get them more uniform.

Ruffled Cupcakes

They kind of look like bunting decorations though and I’m giddy about it.

Treat Tags

Oh yeah – I made little tags that you can use for your Fourth of July treats, too! Use them for cupcake picks and cake pop tags!

Here is the Happy 4th of July Treat Tags template you can print out and use with a paper punch.

And here is the cupcake recipe I used and the buttercream frosting recipe, too. Enjoy!

Fourth of July Cupcakes

I hope you have a happy and safe 4th this Friday!!!

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36 comments on “Red, white and ruffled!”

  1. These cupcakes are so cute! I may try to make some of these for the 4th. With the petal tip, do you hold the wider edge of the tip to the outside of the cupcake or towards the middle. I think I will need to practice a lot. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I am surprised only one comment on the photography. The photography of these cupcakes deserves as much praise as the gorgeous cupcakes. Beautiful.

  3. I love the ruffles. It makes the cake looks more fun and more fit for a party.

  4. Love the look of these but then I’m a sucker for ruffles lol They especially look great in such strong, vibrant colours don’t you think? Shayne

  5. Without the tags: Go Netherlands!!

  6. I was wondering how clean and dreamy pictures you’ve taken. Keep it up!

  7. it looks so yummy.. Absolutely perfect!

  8. Thanks for share… This blog is really very helpful for us and i hope it will also help us in future.

  9. these are ADORABLE!!! thanks for sharing!

  10. Wow, so neat! i love those! you are the best piper i have ever seen! happy fourth of july!

  11. So cute!! I can do that with green, white and red on september to celebrate mexico´s independence ; )

  12. What type of color did you use to get your red so red? I mainly use the gel dies and my red always comes out pink!

  13. Ditto comment #13!!

  14. Ditto comment 13!

  15. Mmmmm…… Sooooo good

  16. Love the colors, Love the look, Love the taste.

  17. These are so pretty and perfect!

  18. Fantásticos! Un lujo para celebrar este día!

  19. 3 colours -wow!!! I love those celebration cupcakes. I’ve never tried ruffled frosting before, but these look like fun and are very beautiful. Thanks for all the great pictures that show how to do it right. I might actually try those ruffles myself…

    Have a great 4th of July!!!!!!

  20. These are super cute, love the ruffles.
    I would also like to know what site you started your blog on because I have been meaning to start a blog for a while now but I don’t know what one to make it on and your one looks very professional. Please answer back I’m dying to know.

  21. Awesome job! I might try making those today, but I bet that they are going to look super crappy because I stink at frosting things!

  22. 13th comment

  23. Super cute. Such skill with your piping. Mine would be a mess. Ha. God bless America!

  24. wow this looks so great ! I love theme cupcakes ?


  25. Love these — so pretty!

  26. Wow! They look beautiful…
    It seems that the 4th of July is a huge deal to Americans.
    In Canada, we have Canada Day and thats on July 1st. I don’t think its as much of a big deal though for us

  27. They look awesome!!

  28. Awesome job! These look so yummy!

  29. Love the ruffle icing!! These look great!

  30. D’awww so sweet :D

  31. These are so cute! I love the ruffles.

  32. THESE ARE SO STINKING CUTE! That ruffle!

  33. That looks great! Love the ruffles, so adorable. :)

  34. Perfect for 4 th of July! The ruffles looks amazing and the chocolate cupcake is my favorite! Thanks.

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