This is a bit of a bumper post as I try to cover two American events with the same cupcake decorating ideas; Memorial Day (previously known as Decoration Day) and the fourth of July, Independence Day. Both of these days are traditionally celebrated with the US colours of red, white and blue – which is evident in these cupcakes:
Cookies and Cups created these M&M topped cupcakes as part of their patriotic range. If you look carefully you’ll see that not only is the buttercream frosting a swirl of white and red, but the sponge is too. You could also alternate the red with blue and top with red M&Ms
Lizespo on Flickr has also gone for a multi-colours swirl, but with all three colours and little American flags for each one.
Here is a beautifully simple design from Martha Stewart she has also given instructions as to how to make these yourself.
I’m surprised that I have not seen this technique for fireworks before, it’s so simple and effective. These cupcakes are by GinaMig on Flickr
These Uncle Sams have been lovingly piped by BarbaraF on Cake Central.
The beauty of July is that some wonderful red and blue fruits are in season, and they can be used perfectly for this theme (and taste great too). This cake from Getty Images makes perfect use of a single strawberry.
These cakes from Annie’s Eats make great use of the fruits in season, I was also surprised to find there are in fact Ice Cream cupcakes, click on the link for full instructions of how to make them.
Amazing Moms have given instructions as to how to make these little cupcakes, which include a drizzle of chocolate (not pictured)
These Cupcake Kabobs are featured on Poca Cosa with step by step photos to help you make them yourself at home.
If you look at the wider picture, your cupcakes don’t have to be red white and blue each, they can decorated as a collection: Blisstree features this strawberry topped flag.
jcasbill on Cake Central made this perfect collection, and even laid them out like a flag blowing in the wind.
These cupcakes have red and blue sponge with white buttercream frosting and are topped with red white and blue chocolate stars, created by Hoosier Homemade
Cupcake Woman has created bold stripes with the buttercream frosting with sprinkle stars in the blue tip.
Finally, a collection of sugarcraft designs by Inspired By Michelle.
Surely after this mammoth blog you’ve found some American inspiration for your own cupcakes at home.