Patriotic Cupcakes with Rosettes

Do you decorate on the 4th of July? Do you hang cute banners on your porch? I want to be one of those people who have the flag blowing in the wind with the banners lining my porch handrails but, I don’t have a banister.  I want to rejoice in the festivities of Independence Day!! Every year, I long to rummage through box after box of cute decorations and find the perfect spot for them in my living room, kitchen and porch. With summer camp in full swing, I don’t have time. It makes me sad so I have to find new ways to show my patriotic side. This year is going to be different! I am gong to start in the kitchen and whip up some patriotic cupcakes.

Patriotic Cupcakes by

Have you ever heard of Melissa and her mom show step by step videos on cake decorating. My kids got me a membership for my birthday this year and I learn something new everyday. You have to check it out! The membership is only $30 for the year and you get to watch all kinds of amazing how to videos. If you don’t want to join the classes, she also has a blog and shows how to make thing there also.  She gives me the courage and the skills to make cakes. I saw the video for the Buttercream Ruffles in Shades of Teal Video , knew I had to combine it with this banner.

Melissa and her mom, and this banner made my head spin. Not like the girl from The Exorcist or anything. It was a good spin!! The kind that makes you giggle and people stare at you. Then you stop giggling because you don’t want them to think your head is really going to spin like the girl in the movie! Anyway, I was totally inspired. Don’t you love when people inspire you? I sure do!!

Supplies for Patriotic Cupcakes:

Cupcakes in any flavor you like.
Red, White and Blue Buttercream Icing
White Nonpareils
Pixie Dust or Disco Dust
3 Rose tips #102, or 103
Jumbo White Sugar Pearls for the center of the cupcake
Red Greaseproof Baking Cups (I got mine at Bakers Stock)

There are a million buttercream icing recipes. You can use any one you like but, if you don’t have one you can click here for Glorious Treats recipe. Click here for Wilton’s Recipe. Click here for My Baking Addiction’s Recipe.

Then, make your red, white and blue icing. I used AmeriColor Royal Blue, Wilton No-Taste Red and AmeriColor White.
Once your icing is mixed, put each color into a piping bag fitted dwith the #102 or #103 tips. Either size will work for this project.

These patriotic cupcakes are great for beginner decorators because the rosettes are very forgiving.

  1. Squeeze a small amount of red icing into the center of the cupcake and add a white White Nonpareil to the center while the icing is still wet.
  2. With the white piping bag, put the fat end of the tip near the surface of the cupcake. The narrow end should be at the top and it will make a ruffle when you squeeze it.  As I squeezed the piping bag, I held the cupcake in my hand and spun it around as I piped the ruffle. To make the ruffles you can squeeze a little faster than you turn the cupcake. You might want to practice on parchment paper.
  3. Repeat with the blue. While the blue is still wet, add the nonpareils to the blue icing only.
Continue adding the rest of the ruffles and sprinkle with Disco or Pixie Dust.
Thanks Melissa and BeBe (Melissa’s mom) for inspiring me! You all are a great team and I can’t wait to see what you do next!
I hope you enjoy these patriotic cupcakes and I hope you have a great July 4th holiday.
If you like these cupcakes, you might also enjoy these patriotic themed desserts:
Happy Independence Day,


  1. Awesome! have a fab July 4th Lisa!

  2. Pretty. Happy Independence Day to you, dear friend. :)

  3. Melissa says:

    I LOVE these– what a fun twist to ruffle your cupcakes in red, white, and blue! I may just have to make these for the 4th myself! ;0) Thanks for the nice words about our site–so glad to have you as a member! :0)

  4. Wonderful cuppies Lisa. Such a pretty and clever design.

  5. Wow..these are beautiful! I love them!

  6. I love these cupcakes! What a great idea! :0)

  7. So cool! I love how these match the cookies you did as well! Thanks for the link too =)

  8. What fun cupcakes!!! I am so glad you mentioned how much you like mycakeschool I have been thinking about joining but was skeptical till now. Thanks!

  9. These are so cute I can’t stand it! Americana! Happy 4th!

  10. Very cute and festive. Have a great Fourth!!

  11. Simple and lovely – what a great idea to celebrate the 4th of July with! Thanks so much for sharing and I can’t wait to do this. Was mulling over the idea of joining mycakeschool as well – well now I just have to :P. Happy 4th of July!

  12. I LOVE these!!! And I totally want the banners on my porch as well!

  13. You had me at ruffles! Happy 4th!

  14. These are the best ruffle decorated cupcakes I’ve seen. So pretty!!! Have a wonderful Independence Day celebration.

  15. Great, tutorial. I too watch Melissa all the time. I agree that a one year subscription is such a great value.

  16. Can’t wait til the 4th…lol…these are so pretty…thanx for your response…that was so thoughtful and encouraging… 😉 What a small world it is, I joined mycakeschool in August and have learned so much from Melissa…Haven’t seen Bebe yet, but I do believe, since Melissa is such a sweet young lady, Bebe is just as sweet…and I agree, best $30 I’ve spent in a long time…And if you charged for your talent, I would be more then happy to pay…You’re GREAT tooooooo….Bear Hugs back to you Ms. Lisa

  17. Wow! Perfect for this weekend’s events! I bow to you…I would never have the patience to create the love bunting look you created. Thanks for sharing this at Monday Funday!!
    Happy Memorial Day!

  18. These are just fabulous! YOu are one talented lady! Thanks for sharing with us this week at Monday Funday!

    Take care,


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