Tri-Color Cupcakes with Patriotic Piping

40 minutes
Serves 18 cupcakes
The stars and stripes in cupcake form? What a great way to celebrate our flag and nation! Create stunning red, white, and blue cupcakes with a simple cupcake hack using Ziploc® brand bags. Or use any combination of colors to create the perfect treat for pep rallies, bake sales, sports functions or any other holiday. Just when you thought you’d seen all the Ziploc® piping tricks, we’ve found a new one! You won’t believe how easy these stunning beauties are!


    Boxed or homemade Vanilla cupcake/cake mix
    Red food coloring
    Blue food coloring
  • 3
    Quart size Ziploc® brand bags
  • 3
    twist ties
    Masking tape
    Vanilla frosting, if desired
    Sprinkles, if desired


    • 1 Follow the instructions on mix box to make cupcake batter.
    • 2 Divide cupcake batter evenly into three bowls. In one bowl add 10 drops of red food coloring and stir until combined. In another bowl, add 10 drops of blue food coloring and stir until combined. Now you have red, white, and blue batter.
    • 3 Place each color batter in separate Ziploc® brand bags.
    • 4 Tie off each bag with a twist tie so that they resemble triangular piping bags. Now gather the bags together in a straight horizontal row and position them so that the bottom tips touch. Secure all three bags together at the bottom by wrapping masking tape around the bags, creating one large “piping” bag.
    • 5 Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
    • 6 Hold the bags at the top with one hand and cut the bottoms off all three bags at once with scissors using the other hand. Once you cut the bags, the batter comes out of the bag very fast. Squeeze the bags, filling each cupcake liner ¾ full with red, white, and blue batter at the same time.
    • 7 Bake according to directions. Once cool, top with frosting and sprinkles, if desired.