4th of July Pinwheel Cupcakes

Being in Australia, we don’t officially celebrate 4th of July, but I thought I would make some pinwheel cupcakes in honor of my American pals.

This post is more about the decoration than it is about the actual cupcakes because I cheated and bought a packet cupcake mix. Shh…don’t tell anyone, okay?

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What better cupcakes to make for the 4th of July than the American classic Red velvet. I have made Red Velvet from scratch from a recipe in the Love Bakery cookbook, but I decided to use a packet mix this time because it’s easier and I won’t be stuck with leftover buttermilk, that would probably go to waste by the time I looked up another recipe to use it up.

What you will need to make your 4th of July Pinwheels

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– red velvet cupcakes
– red or blue card (or both), I chose some red glittery card-stock
– Split pins
– Paper straws, blue and white, or red and white
– tape
– ruler
– sharpie (optional)

Use your ruler to measure and cut a 10cm x 10cm square (or you can make any other size, depends on how big or small you want your pinwheel to be)

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1. Fold your square diagonally, open it up and do the same on the other side, so your card is divided into four triangles

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2. Cut each corner along the creases, but stop about 1- 1 1/2 cm from the center

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3. Fold the left corner towards the middle of the square

4th of July4. Cut a slit in the corner of the folded down corner and press a split pin through it


5. Turn your square around anti-clockwise, doing the same to each left corner as you did with the first. Press the split pin through all four folded corners and press it through the middle of the square. Turn your pinwheel over and open out the split pin to secure your corners in place. You can write something like ‘4th of July’ on the white parts of the pinwheel with your sharpie, like I have or just leave it bare.


6. Tape a paper straw to the back of your pinwheel, cut the end off to the desired length and push it into the middle of your cupcake.

Hope you enjoyed my 4th of July Pinwheel cupcake tutorial

Happy 4th of July to all my US friends and readers, I hope you have a great weekend!