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Patriotic Cupcakes

  • yield: Makes 24 cupcakes




  • 3 cups cake flour (not self-rising), sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Meringue Buttercream
  • Red, white, and blue dessert toppings


  1. Step 1

    Heat oven to 325 degrees with rack in center. Line muffin pans with baking cups; set aside. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.

  2. Step 2

    In the bowl of a heavy-duty electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. With mixer running, add eggs and vanilla extract; beat until combined.

  3. Step 3

    With mixer on low speed, add 1 cup flour mixture; mix until combined. Add 1/2 cup buttermilk; combine. Alternate adding flour mixture and buttermilk, ending with flour, until all has been incorporated.

  4. Step 4

    Divide batter evenly among baking cups. Bake until light golden brown and a cake tester inserted into middle comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Rotate pans half way through baking. Transfer pans to a wire rack to cool.

  5. Step 5

    To decorate, place each color of sprinkles in its own small bowl. Frost each cupcake with about 3 tablespoons Meringue Buttercream. Gently press each frosted cupcake into sprinkles, rolling around so entire surface is coated. Arrange picnic party picks as desired.

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