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Beach Cupcakes for #SundaySupper

Buttercream frosting adapted from Joy of Baking
Author: Samantha Ferraro


Red, White and Blue Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 Tbl baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk room temperature
  • 4 large egg whites room temperature
  • 1 stick 8 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean cut in half and scraped
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 lemon zested
  • Red and Blue gel food coloring few drops

"Sea" Vanilla Butter Cream

  • 2 cups confectioners sugar sifted
  • 1/2 cup butter room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbl milk
  • Blue food gel few drops to make a light blue


  • Gummy bears
  • Life saver candies
  • Ground graham crackers
  • Blue sugar
  • Drink umbrellas


Red, White and Blue Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

  • Start making the cupcake batter. In a large bowl, sift the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • In another bowl, whisk together milk and egg whites.
  • Using your stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat together the butter, sugar and vanilla bean seeds until everything is well mixed and light. Add the vanilla extract.
  • On low speed alternate adding the flour mixture and milk/egg mixture, about 1/3 of each at a time.
  • So add 1/3 flour, then 1/3 milk, flour, milk and end with the flour. Mix until well incorporated. Then add the chocolate chips and mix until just combined.
  • At this point you can divide the batter into 3 bowls evenly. Using your dye, color 1 bowl with red dye until desired color and another bowl with blue.
  • Line cupcake pan with liners use a large tablespoon to scoop each one of the different colored batters. So start with red, white and then blue batter and alternate until batter is about 3/4 full.
  • Bake cupcakes at 350 degrees F for about 18-20 minutes or until you can stick a toothpick in a cupcake and it comes out clean. When done, cool on wire rack.

"Sea" Vanilla Butter Cream

  • In a stand mixer, cream the butter until very smooth (this may take a while) and then add the vanilla extract.
  • With the mixer on low speed, slowly add in the confectioners sugar until blended and scraping down the bowl as needed.
  • Add the milk and beat on high for about 3-4 minutes until butter becomes light and fluffy. Add a few drops of blue dye to get the color of the "sea".
  • Coat the cupcakes with a light layer of frosting and top half of cupcake with ground graham crackers. Use a cake spatula to add more frosting to the other side of the cupcakes and make "waves" with the frosting.
  • Top with a gummy bear dude, life saver and umbrella.