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Red, White, & Blue Celebrations

I saw these super cute cupcakes on Pinterest-- so I decided to have a go at it.
These cupcakes are not only festive, but super yummy! 
And mine:

Of course, mine came out looking nothing like these-- but they still felt festive! I'm not sure how to get that red color using food coloring-- it seemed like no matter what it just stayed pink. There must be a trick I'm missing...

Anyway-- Here is how I made my version of the cupcakes:
1. Buy a white cake mix. I didn't want mine to taste quite like a boxed mix-- so I added 1 extra egg, a few TBSP's of sour cream, 2 Tsp of vanilla, melted butter instead of oil, and milk instead of water. 
2. Mix everything in the mixer.
3. Separate into 3 equal portions. Die 1 portion red & 1 portion blue. Leave the other white.

4. Some people reccomend using icing bags to put the batter into the cupcake liners. I found it easier to just add one color at a time and tilt the pan around. Of course, it never came out as clean as the lines of the one on Pinterest (go figure)

5. Bake (follow time on box)
6. Let cool & Frost

For my frosting I kind of made up my own recipe:
1 stick room temp butter
4 cups powdered sugar
1-2 tsp vanilla
a little bit of milk (it's really touch and go because you don't want the icing to run)

Simply put the butter in the mixer for a minute or 2, add in the vanilla, and then add the powdered sugar and milk a little bit at a time.

I put mine into icing bags and piped it on-- then added some fun sprinkles.

 Lastly, to celebrate the 4th I am putting my entire TPT store on sale until July 6! So be sure to stop by and see if there's anything you can use in your classroom! Click the picture below to check it out!
Got any big celebration plans for the weekend? Feel free to share!

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