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!


Pink Velvet Cupcakes with Strawberry Philly icing

 On Friday I bought some Strawberry Philly (Philadelphia cream cheese) to try and because sales of it support Breast Cancer research…I came up with the idea to make pink velvet cupcakes with the Strawberry Philly (in place of the cream cheese) icing.

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Pink Velvet cupcakes with Strawberry Philly icing
Serves 12
This is a Pink adaptation of a Red Velvet cupcake recipe
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278 calories
44 g
44 g
10 g
3 g
6 g
84 g
48 g
34 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 278
Calories from Fat 91
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 6g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 44mg
Sodium 48mg
Total Carbohydrates 44g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 34g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the cakes
  1. 60g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  2. 150g caster sugar
  3. 1 egg, at room temperature
  4. 30g Strawberry Nessquick
  5. 2 tbsp pink food colouring
  6. 150g plain flour
  7. 140ml buttermilk
  8. 2 1/4 tsp baking powder
  9. 4 1/2 tsp white wine vinegar
For the icing
  1. 40g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  2. 100g Strawberry Philly cream cheese
  3. 250g pure icing sugar, sifted
To make the cupcakes
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan forced) and line the muffin tin with muffin cases
  2. Add the butter and sugar to an electric mixer (or using a handheld mixer) and cream together for 7 minutes, or until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the egg and mix for 1 minute
  4. Mix the *Strawberry Nessquick and food colouring together in a separate bowl to make a paste, then add it to the mixer and mix until incorporated. Add the flour and buttermilk and mix for 2 minutes. Then add the baking powder and white wine vinegar and mix for a further 2 minutes.
  5. Divide evenly between the muffin cases. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  6. Remove the baked cupcakes from the oven and immediately transfer to a wire wrack to cool completely.
To make the icing
  1. Cream the butter and Strawberry Philly cream cheese together in the mixer for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the icing sugar and beat for about 2 minutes until smooth.
  3. Once the cupcakes are completely cool, spread the icing over the top of each one with a knife.
  1. Strawberry Philly cream cheese is only available during October (for breast cancer awareness month), so you could use regular cream cheese with strawberry flavouring, if you'd like.
  2. Don't be afraid to use the white wine vinegar, it reacts with the baking powder and makes the batter light and fluffy. You won't even know it's there, once the cupcakes are baked.
  1. I found that the Strawberry Philly is not as firm as regular cream cheese, so is not really suitable to be piped (learned the hard way with that one!)
  2. The Strawberry Nessquick was meant to substitute the cocoa in the Red velvet recipe, but it didn't really add a strawberry flavour. You could use white drinking chocolate (if you can find some)
  3. To jazz them up add some cute heart sprinkles or wafer hearts (as I have used)
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There are many different variations of red velvet recipes are around and all would be able to be adapted into pink velvet cupcakes. I used the Red Velvet recipe in the Love bakery cook book.

pink velvet cupcakesLoved the look of the pink cupcake batter! I used Queen Pink natural colour.
Fun Fact: Cochineal comes from the Cochineal insect (sorry if this grosses you out!), it has and sometimes is still used in cosmetics too!

pink velvet cupcakesThe most perfect uniform cupcakes, that I’ve ever baked!…too bad I left them in the oven a little too long!

 pink velvet cupcakesThe Strawberry Philly is really yummy! It almost has this strawberry ‘yoghurt’ taste to it.
I also have some of the mini tubs, I think I might use some on some croissants. 50c from each tub or mini tubs of Strawberry Philly goes to the NBCF and Cancer research.

You could bake these Pink velvet cupcakes for your own pink ribbon breakfast, girls night in or just to enjoy at home! Raising money for Breast Cancer research is a good reason to bake some yummy (and girly) cupcakes!