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Tie Dye Patriotic Cupcakes

Tie Dye Patriotic Cupcakes

These festive Tie Dye patriotic cupcakes will be a hit at your next patriotic event. Whether you’re searching for cupcakes to serve for the 4th of July or Memorial Day, I’m confident these patriotic cupcakes will wow your guests. The 4th of July is just around the corner, so I’m rolling up my sleeves and whipping up a feast for my family.
5 from 1 vote
Servings: 15
Author: Kelly R


  • 1 cake box mix - divided in half and all ingredients required to make it, divided in half**
  • ¼ tsp blue gel food coloring
  • ¼ tsp red gel food coloring
  • 12 hard pretzels
  • 1 cup red candy melts
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 stick unsalted butter softened
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp milk
  • 36 blueberries


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees (or, the temperature according to the cake box directions). Line a muffin pan with paper liners and set aside.
  • Prepare the cake mix batter and divide evenly into three bowls.
  • Color one bowl of batter with blue gel food coloring and another with red gel food coloring. Mix until each one is tinted thoroughly.
  • Alternating between the three colors, fill each section of the muffin pan until they’re about 2/3 full.
  • Bake according to cake box directions and allow to cool completely.
  • Line up hard pretzels on a baking sheet, lined with wax paper.
  • In a bowl, microwave red candy and coconut oil in 30-second intervals until completely melted (mix the candy between each interval).
  • Dip each pretzel into melted candy and place gently back on lined baking sheet.
  • Allow the coated pretzels to set completely, at least one hour.
  • In a large bowl, beat together softened butter, confectioners’ sugar and milk with an electric mixer. Start on low and increase to high - these ingredients combined will make the buttercream frosting.
  • Once the buttercream is smooth and forms semi-stiff peaks, scoop into a piping bag with Wilton tip #12 attached.
  • Frost each cupcake.
  • Place 3 blueberries on each cupcake, followed by a pretzel.


**Most cake box mixes yield 24 cupcakes, so we encourage you to cut the recipe in half since this recipe yields one dozen decorated cupcakes.
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