Red, White, and Blue Cupcake Tops

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Happy Memorial Day! Whatcha all up too?

Wait, what? You’re not reading blogs on your day off?

Well then, you’re missing out on probably the easiest Memorial Day treat ever.

To be perfectly honest, I never usually make red, white, and blue treats for Memorial Day. I never thought about it, really, until we went to a BBQ last year thrown by a military family.

Then I kinda got it. I’m slow that way.

Anyway, this is a super simple idea to dress up your dessert table tomorrow. In case you haven’t set your menu down to the last morsel.

{I mean, not everyone is as anal as I am. I don’t think.}

This idea totally came from two of my favorite blogs, BruCrew Life (Mini Brownie Fruit Pizzas) and Shugary Sweets (Carrot Cake Muffin Tops). In their recipes, they used a muffin top pan to make muffins or brownies. When I saw each of those posts, I was totally sad and ready to throw a fit that I didn’t have a muffin top pan.

And then I realized I did have a Whoopie Pie Pan. You know, the one I’ve never made whoopie pies in?

I was making some chocolate cupcakes and had some batter left over. So I baked it up in my whoopie pie pan.

Then I topped them with blue buttercream, Cool Whip, and strawberries. To make the more patriotic.

And, stop right there young ladies. No need to have a tantrum of your own if you don’t have a whoopie pie or a muffin top pan. This method of decoration would work perfectly well with regular cupcakes. I just happen to think making them in a special pan makes them special.

{Blogger Rule #4: Special pans make your treats more magical and glittery.}

Totally easy peasy. Which is perfect for a busy holiday weekend when you have so much to do, like swim and drink cocktails.


Red, White, and Blue Cupcake Tops
by Crazy for Crust

Red, White, and Blue Cupcake Tops


  • 1 box cake mix (white or chocolate) plus ingredients to make cupcakes
  • 1 can of white frosting (or your favorite recipe)
  • Blue food coloring
  • 1 container Cool Whip , defrosted (you will not need the whole thing)
  • 1 package strawberries , hulled and sliced in half


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Spray your whoopie pie or muffin top pan with cooking spray and fill about 1/2 full with batter. Bake about 10-15 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Repeat for remaining batter. Let cool before frosting.
  2. Tint your white frosting the desired color blue. Frost the top of each cupcake top. Top with a dollop of Cool Whip and a sliced strawberry.
*Note: one entire cake mix will make a lot of cupcake tops, which will result in you going back and forth with your one pan to your oven. This is a great method if you have some extra batter left over from cupcakes, so you don’t make as many tops.*

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  1. This dessert looks so good, you gave me an idea for my dessert for out cookout tomorrow, love this. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I have to admit, I did not know muffin top pans existed. What a great idea! My son would especially love them, since he only eats the tops off cupcakes. :0)

  3. These look fantastic! Is a whoopie pie pan a muffin top pan? Because I have one of those and it never occurred to me that I could make whoopie pies in it. Um, hello?! Of maybe it’s a different pan and I’m clueless….

  4. How fun! Looks wonderful for the weekend!

  5. great way to use up the leftovers! love the idea 🙂

  6. i love the way you write Dorothy! always brings a smile to my face! 🙂

  7. The more frosting, the better! I’d put this topping on sugar cookies!

  8. Oooh, I love these!! Hee, I totally understand the “need” for special baking pans! =)

  9. So cute and easy to whip up! These really are the perfect treat for Memorial Day.

  10. LOL so fun, I totally never wanted a whoopie pie pan until I read how others used them for cookies and stuff, then I totally needed one!

  11. Great idea!! Loving it 🙂

    The Farm Girl

  12. Cupcake tops are my favorite!

  13. I have walked past the whoopie pie on the sale rack at sur la table a jillion times! I knew I’d never get around to whoopie pies….but I would totally make cupcake tops!!! The perfect ratio of cupcake to frosting!!! Brilliant my friend! and now I have a reason to head back to sur la table!!!!

  14. Miam! These look amazing! And I like the ‘patriotic’ look with the blue, red and white! Being from Quebec, Canada, I think I’m gonna work on my patriotic version by adding a Quebec flavor with some Organic maple Syrup. I’ll try to find a Maple syrup preparation and try this out. I’ll keep you posted! (by the way, should you sometimes work with Maple Syrup, I suggest you to try the Rouge Maple one, only available online). Bon appetit!

  15. I tooootally need a whoopie pie pan so I can A) make these, obvi; B) make other yummy treats like deep dish cookies and um, whoopie pies; and C) so I can be magical and glittery too. These are so cute!

  16. This is a real creative idea for something tasty and patriotic! You never cease to amaze that is for sure!

  17. Oh niiiiceee! I love how you’ve made these out of leftover batter. Loving the colours, so patriotic! The strawberry is the perfect touch.

    I so need myself a whoopie pie pan so I can make these.

    Sweet 2 Eat Baking

  18. Haha, I have never used my whoopie pan for whoopie pies either. Blogger rule #4… can totally testify to that!

  19. These are amazing and so festive…just saw you on Mix it up Monday…

  20. Fun baking pans are definitely more magical:-) What a fun and awesome dessert idea!!! I love the contrast of colors with the chocolate whoopie pie. Now you have me wanting to break my pan out again. Thanks for the fun mention to my brownies too:-) Awesome surprise!!!!

  21. I love these patriotic treats! And I’m thrilled to learn whoopie pie pans exist, but as a Pennsylvanian I’m ashamed to even admit that I didn’t know about them and also that I’ve never made them.

    Thanks for all the eye opening tips!

  22. Love this! Like the last comment, I am from PA and didn’t know that whoopie pans existed. These look absolutely adorable! I will keep them in mind for the 4th of July! 🙂 Thanks for linking up with “Try a New Recipe Tuesday!”

  23. These are great! I love that they’re just bite size. Thanks for linking up at Tasty Tuesday!

  24. So yummy and cute!

  25. I need these today as it’s my first day back at work after a week of vacation! I NEED these NOW! 😉

  26. So cute and such an easy idea for a holiday dessert. I see myself making this with lots of different color schemes : )

    Thanks for linking up at Mealtime Monday!

  27. So fun & patriotic! So glad you linked up to the party. Featuring you today at the Patriotic Round-Up! {}

    Thanks bunches for stopping by & visiting!

  28. Yummy – and I like how they have strawberries to make them healthier :O)

  29. These are perfect for the fourth! I need a whoopie pan pan! So very cute! Thanks for stopping by sweetie and linking up! You left me feeling festive for the 4th! Have a fabulous weekend!

  30. Just stopping by to let you know that you’ve been featured at The Gunny Sack!

  31. So fun and festive!!
    Thanks for linking up. I featured your post in my wrap up! Have a great rest of the weekend!

  32. BEAUTIFUL!!!! this is so festive! I will be featuring you at this coming weeks Tasty Tuesday Party. stop by and grab a featured button (if you don’t already have one!)Thanks for linking!

  33. I don’t have a super special pan but I guess I need to get one 🙂 These are so pretty! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  34. Man! Dream come true! JUST THE TOPS!! Amazing! I love it! Can you send some to me in Colorado!? They look delicious!

  35. Wow those look so yummy!! And the beautiful presentation makes them a must have!!

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  40. First time I’ve read your blog; hysterical!

    You cracked me up, while also making me want a special pan.

    Well done. Well. Done.

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