Do you need an easy dessert for the 4th of July? Look no further! This Flag Cupcake Cake is simple and makes a great presentation. I used a box of yellow cake mix for the cupcakes and made the buttercream. If you don't want to make the buttercream (you will really be missing out), feel free to use a can of store-bought frosting. My tip to make store-bought frosting more like homemade is to whip it with a handheld mixer. That will lighten it up and make it easier to pipe on the cupcakes.
Flag Cupcake Cake
- 1 box cake mix, plus ingredients to make cupcakes
- 1 cup butter, room temperature
- 6 cups powdered sugar (may need a little more)
- 1/2 cup whipping cream
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter until smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. With mixer on low speed, add 6 cups sugar, whipping cream, and vanilla; mix until light and fluffy. If necessary, gradually add more powdered sugar to reach desired consistency.
Divide the buttercream into thirds. Dye 1/3 blue and 1/3 red. Pipe white buttercream on 9 cupcakes. Pipe red buttercream on 9 cupcakes. Pipe blue buttercream on 6 cupcakes. Arrange cupcakes in flag pattern.