The stunning combination of deep red velvet cake with bright white icing, blueberries and blue sprinkles makes these mini cupcakes one of the most festive 4th of July desserts.
What makes a red velvet cake a red velvet cake? Well, for starters red food coloring but also the essential ingredients of buttermilk and vinegar. The buttermilk adds subtle flavor and bounce to the cake and the vinegar is essential to enhance the red color. You can of course simply buy red velvet cake mix or just use your favorite chocolate cake batter recipe.
Cut out some of the sugar by replacing the sugar icing with fresh whipped cream which is so much lighter than traditional cupcake icing. You can even add a drop of all-natural red or blue food coloring to the heavy cream before beating.
Make sure to buy mini cupcake wrappers in blue or silver. In a pinch you can bake the cupcakes directly in the mini muffin tin but know that they are difficult to remove and you’ll need to heavily grease the pan.
4th of July Desserts Mini Cupcakes Recipe
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 cups cake flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 ¼ cup sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- 1 stick of unsalted butter (8 tablespoons), at room temperature
- 1 cup buttermilk
- red liquid or gel food coloring (about 2 tablespoons)
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 48 mini cupcake wrappers
For the cake:
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- ½ pint blueberries
- ¼ cup blue sugar sprinkles
- 1 cup strawberries
For the tops:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a paper wrapper in each cupcake slot of the mini muffin tin.
- Whisk the dry ingredients together in a bowl: flour, baking soda, cake flour, cocoa powder and salt.
- In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together with a handheld mixer. Beat for 3 minutes, then add the vegetable oil and beat for another minute. Add the eggs, vinegar and 2 tablespoons of food coloring and beat for one more minute. Make sure the color is a deep red and add more coloring as needed. Then add the flour mixture to the batter about 1 cup at a time. Try not to over mix.
- Use a tablespoon to scoop the mixture into the lined tin. Fill each cup about ⅔ of the way and bake for 16 minutes. Remove from oven and set to cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes, then repeat until you have used all the batter.
- To make the whipped cream, use the same handheld mixer to beat the heavy cream on high in a large chilled metal bowl for about 5 minutes. Add the sugar as soon as peaks start to form. Chill the whipped cream until you are ready to use it. Use a butter knife to frost the cupcakes and add blueberries, sprinkles and thinly sliced strawberries to decorate.
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