Red, White, and Blue Cupcakes

posted on June 28, 2010 by  |  posted under Desserts, Patriotic Holidays, Recipes  |  38 Comments

Red White And Blue Cupcakes

Why are red, white, and blue so cute together?  I mean seriously,… I could put my kids in a 4th of July outfit every single day, all year long.

Red, white, and blue food is equally as adorable.  With all of the fun 4th of July events this week, you are bound to be whipping something fun up in the kitchen!?  In case you need some ideas, we will be sharing a few of our favorite 4th of July recipes throughout the week. {I hope Missy posts her baked beans recipe–it’s to die for}.

First up, one of my favorite summer desserts of all time…Jell-O poke cake (or cupcakes in this instance). I am sure most of you have had this delicious chilled cake, but here is a fun ‘Red, White, and Blue’ version.

Red White And Blue Cupcakes

Simply bake a white cake mix into cupcakes, according to box instructions.  Or, if you are feeling extra domestic, try this homemade white cake recipe.  Once your cupcakes have cooled, poke small holes in the cake.  Use a sucker stick, fork, round handle,..whatever! :)

Red White And Blue Cupcakes

Boil 1 Cup of water.  Add a 3 oz Cherry or Strawberry gelatin packet to boiling water.  Stir it until it dissolves.  Pour or spoon the gelatin into the cupcake holes.  Chill the cupcakes in the refrigerator for 2 hours.Red White And Blue Cupcakes‘Frost’ with whipped topping and add blueberries.  {I like to mix pre-made vanilla or cheescake pudding with the whipped topping.  Extra extra delicious.}
Red White And Blue CupcakesTake off the cupcake wrapper and you’ve got one festive little cupcake.  Doesn’t it look like a flag?! :)  Love it.Red White And Blue CupcakesWant to know the best part?  They taste as good as they look.
Red White And Blue CupcakesThis ‘light’ summer dessert is sure to please.  What are you serving to celebrate the fourth?

Red, White, and Blue Cupcakes

Red, White, and Blue Cupcakes


  • 1 white cake mix, prepared as per instructions (as a cake, or as cupcakes)
  • 1 Cup of water
  • 1-3oz box red jello
  • Whipped cream


  1. Bake cupcakes as directed on the box of white cake mix
  2. Let cupcakes cool
  3. Poke several small holes in the cupcakes using a sucker stick, fork, or chopstick
  4. Boil 1 Cup of water. Add a 3 oz Cherry or Strawberry gelatin packet to boiling water. Stir it until it dissolves. Pour or spoon the gelatin into the cupcake holes. Chill the cupcakes in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  5. ‘Frost’ with whipped topping and add blueberries. {I like to mix pre-made vanilla or cheescake pudding with the whipped topping. Extra extra delicious.}
  6. Take off the cupcake wrapper and you’ve got one festive little cupcake. Doesn’t it look like a flag?! :) Love it

Red White And Blue Cupcakes

    1. June 28th, 2010 at 6:51 am
      Jill says:
      Cute Cute!!!
    2. June 28th, 2010 at 6:53 am
      Shelley@DivinePartyConcepts says:
      Love these!!!
    3. June 28th, 2010 at 7:14 am
      Donna says:
      It has been years since I have made a jello poke cake. It is such a refreshing dessert. Love the cupcake idea!
      .-= Donna´s last blog ..Weekly Winners =-.
    4. June 28th, 2010 at 7:46 am
      Missy says:
      These look so yummy! Did you save some for me?
    5. June 28th, 2010 at 7:50 am
      Philip @ RAOP says:
      Yum!! I may have to talk my wife into having cupcakes for the 4th just so we can try these out.
      .-= Philip @ RAOP´s last blog ..A Cure for Whining =-.
    6. June 28th, 2010 at 8:48 am
      Lynn from For Love or Funny says:
      These would be great at Christmas, Halloween, etc., depending on which color we use to create the "stripes" on the cupcake!
      .-= Lynn from For Love or Funny´s last blog ..Toad you so =-.
    7. June 28th, 2010 at 9:08 am
      Oonafey @ Little Pink House says:
      Oh, I am definitely making these for my aunt's 4th of July party! How cute.
    8. June 28th, 2010 at 10:13 am
      Sarah says:
      Hmmm, guess us Canadians could use this too.
    9. June 28th, 2010 at 12:00 pm
      TidyMom says:
      Too funny, we even titled our posts the same! haha!!

      I've made a poke cake, but never tried it on cupcakes!!.....the red white and blue look awesome!!.....this is one of my favorite ways to eat cake!!....I like to keep mine in the fridge so they are cold and moist!! YUM!!

      Thanks for sharing Shelley
      .-= TidyMom´s last blog ..Red White -amp Blue Cupcakes- =-.
    10. June 28th, 2010 at 3:14 pm
      amy says:
      Mmm this looks yummy. I may have to steal this idea :)
      .-= amy´s last blog ..Ribbon Headband =-.
    11. June 28th, 2010 at 3:47 pm
      Kelly says:
      I am absolutely taking these to my in-laws on the 4th -- can't wait to make them with the kids!! :)
    12. June 28th, 2010 at 3:47 pm
      Ashley says:
      Thanks Shelley, they were delicious and I might just have to make my own for our 4th of July b-bq's.
    13. June 28th, 2010 at 4:39 pm
      Kim says:
      genius! And what a great way to ensure they are moist too!

      Kim @
      party inspiration
    14. June 28th, 2010 at 6:03 pm
      GrannyCharlotte says:
      I'm definitely going to try these this weekend. Thanks for sharing.
    15. June 28th, 2010 at 6:13 pm
      Andrea says:
      I have made these before and they are SOOOO good! Thank you for reminding me of this recipe and for making me crave one now. :-)
      .-= Andrea´s last blog ..A Worthy Cause to Warm Your Heart =-.
    16. June 28th, 2010 at 8:47 pm
      Beckie says:
      Poke cupcakes...who wouldda thunk? LOVE it.
      .-= Beckie´s last blog ..How to Make a Zipper Necklace =-.
    17. June 28th, 2010 at 10:01 pm
      leigh austin says:
      hey, thanks for the cute cupcakes! i posted a link on my blog she's crafty-
    18. June 29th, 2010 at 5:39 am
      Michelle says:
      Fabulous idea! Thanks for helping me be creative!
      .-= Michelle´s last blog ..LAZY morning =-.
    19. June 29th, 2010 at 7:23 am
      malia says:
      love this spin on the colored cupcakes... i splurged at whole foods yesterday and bought natural red + blue food coloring. when i made rainbow cupcakes a few months ago, the regular food coloring dyed my bowls (!) so i started worrying about what it would do to my kids.

      i like your idea!
    20. June 29th, 2010 at 8:09 am
      jamie says:
      these are great, shelly! the jello doesn't take on the usual jello texture in the cupcake, does it? doesn't look like it but just wanted to make sure :)
      • June 29th, 2010 at 9:14 am
        Shelley says:
        Nope! Not like wiggly jell-O! ;) Just creates a moist, delicious cupcake! :)
    21. June 29th, 2010 at 9:48 am
      Lisa says:
      SUPER cute idea! And they look delicious and moist.
      .-= Lisa´s last blog ..i need you =-.
    22. June 29th, 2010 at 10:18 am
      Jen says:
      Very cute and my husband's birthday is July 3rd. Do they have to stay refrigerated? Can I leave cutely displayed outside on a hot day?
      • June 30th, 2010 at 3:00 am
        Shelley says:
        They are best chilled because of the whipped topping. If you want to put them out in the heat, I'd just replace the whipped topping for normal frosting.
    23. June 29th, 2010 at 8:33 pm
      Jocelyn says:
      yum yum yum! these look fabulous!
    24. June 29th, 2010 at 9:39 pm
      Heather - Chickabug says:
      These are so cute!! You can actually make an amazing lemon cake by pouring lemonade concentrate over a yellow cake made from a mix (with holes poked in it, like this recipe). It totally snazzes it up and makes it taste homemade. ; )
    25. June 30th, 2010 at 8:22 am
      angie says:
      I love how you took the great idea of jello pokecakes and made them into fun cupcakes very cool
    26. June 30th, 2010 at 9:08 am
      Angela Rose says:
      in regards to the whipped topping, do you mean like cool whip or homemade frosting? and do you just make pudding and then mix it together with the frosting?
      .-= Angela Rose´s last blog ..M-ampM Bars =-.
    27. June 30th, 2010 at 9:21 am
      Totallyscrappy says:
    28. June 30th, 2010 at 4:00 pm
      Laura W. says:
      I am going to makes these this weekend for sure. I was looking for something different than what I normally make, and this is just right! I love your site, thanks for all the great ideas!
    29. June 30th, 2010 at 9:00 pm
      Madigan at madiganmade says:
      How simple but fantastic! Love these. Yum.
    30. July 6th, 2010 at 8:51 am
      aimee bogush says:
      Thanks for the idea! We made these as part of our Mommy Camp last week. They are so pretty ;-) When we make them again, we need to adjust and tweak a bit...somehow I think in making them gluten-free the jello didn't work as well as I remember (gluten-full) cakes like this in the past. It may be that we over baked the cupcakes so the jello didn't absorb like it should have. However, they added so nicely to our celebration and I hope we can make the necessary adjustments for more success next time!

      Here's the link to our experience:

      Thanks again! Your site is amazing and I look forward to many more activities inspired by you ;-)
      .-= aimee bogush´s last blog ..Mommy Camp at Shaggyhill Farm where love grows 4 =-.
    31. November 16th, 2010 at 11:28 am
      apartments lanzarote says:
      These look absolutely amazing!!
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