overhead photo of American flag made out of cupcakes
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American Flag Cupcake Cake

Celebrate the 4th of July with this adorable American flag cupcake cake!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: 4th of July, Chocolate, Patriotic, Vanilla
Servings: 48 Mini Cupcakes
Author: Eden


  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 box vanilla cake mix

Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Food Coloring

  • 5 drops red food coloring more if needed for desired color
  • 5 drops blue food coloring more if needed for desired color


  • Bake the cupcakes according to the box instructions in a mini cupcake tin with mini cupcake liners.
  • Let the cupcakes cool to room temperature while you make the buttercream frosting.
  • In an electric mixer, with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on high.
  • Add in vanilla, milk, and salt and continue to beat until light and fluffy.
  • Divide the frosting into 3 separate bowls.
  • Add blue food coloring to one and red to the other. Keep one white.
  • Prepare 3 piping bags, fitted with couplers. Add each color to the individual piping bags.
  • You will be able to switch out the star tip if using couplers.
  • Pipe 12 blue mini cakes, 18 red, and 18 white cupcakes.
  • Place 12 blue cupcakes in a square in the corner of a rectangular platter. Then add a row of red, row of white and continue that pattern.