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{Taste of the Coast} Flag Cupcakes for July 4th!

Thank goodness for the arrival of Summer and Good Housekeeping magazine. I recently received a trial of the magazine and it certainly has changed since I looked at it when I was a child. This recipe from the magazine certainly says SUMMER and it's just in time for the upcoming Fourth of July festivities around the country. "This portable version of the popular Flag Cake, this American themed treat is designed to inspire"...give it a try and enjoy!

Cupcakes for Celebrating! Good Housekeeping Magazine

Cupcake Flag with Berries & Coconut
Source: Good Housekeeping

Yields: 20 cupcakes; Total Time: 1 hr; Oven Temp: 350

Cupcake Ingredients:

2 cup(s) all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon(s) baking powder
1/2 teaspoon(s) baking soda
1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
1 cup(s) granulated sugar
1 1/2 stick(s) (12 tablespoons) butter, softened
1 lemon
3 large eggs
1 cup(s) low-fat buttermilk

Frosting Ingredients:

8 ounce(s) reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel), softened
1 cup(s) confectioner's sugar
1/2 pint(s) blueberries
1 pint(s) raspberries
1 cup(s) sweetened flaked coconut


1.Prepare cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 20 muffin-pan cups with cupcake liners.

2.On sheet of waxed paper, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In large bowl, with mixer on medium-high speed, beat granulated sugar and 8 tablespoons butter 5 minutes or until pale and fluffy, scraping bowl with rubber spatula. From lemon, grate 3 teaspoons peel; reserve 1 teaspoon peel and set aside. With mixer on medium-high speed, add remaining 2 teaspoons peel to butter mixture and beat 1 minute. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping bowl with rubber spatula. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture into egg mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture, just until blended.

3.Divide batter evenly among cupcake liners. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks. (Cupcakes can be stored, well-wrapped, at room temperature up to 2 days, or in freezer up to 1 month.)

4.Prepare frosting: In bowl, with mixer on low speed, blend cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, remaining 4 tablespoons butter, and remaining 1 teaspoon lemon peel. Increase speed to high; beat 3 to 5 minutes or until pale and fluffy.

5.Spread frosting on cupcakes. Top 4 cupcakes with blueberries, 8 with raspberries, and 8 with coconut; arrange on platter to resemble American flag.

EACH BERRY CUPCAKE: About 240 calories, 4 g protein, 32 g carbohydrate, 11 g total fat (7 g saturated), 2 g fiber, 61 mg cholesterol, 245 mg sodium.

EACH COCONUT CUPCAKE: About 260 calories, 4 g protein, 30 g carbohydrate, 14 g total fat (9 g saturated), 1 g fiber, 61 mg cholesterol, 240 mg sodium.

Recipe Source: Good Housekeeping


  1. I posted your beach bottles this weekend..., just wanted to let you know -thanks for the inspiration!!!

  2. Yummy delicious - and so pretty. They will look perfect served on the 4th of July.

  3. I saw those too and they looked so yummy!!!!


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