We have a party to go to tomorrow and I forgot to plan what I was going to bring. This is usually what happens to me I’m not much of a planner. My go to item is usually brownies, they come in a box, are easy to make and everyone loves them. However every once in a while I do plan a head of time. My daughter and I will search for something fun to make. Something that fits the theme like these 4th of July cheesecake bars or 4th of July cupcakes.
Wave the Flag 4th of July Cupcakes
- 1 package (18- to 19-ounces) yellow cake mix
- 1⁄3 cup applesauce
- 3 egg whites
- 3 cups fresh blueberries, divided
- 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 roll red-colored rolled fruit snack (from a 4.5-ounce box)
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat cake mix with applesauce, egg whites and 1-¼ cups water for 30 seconds on low speed, then 2 minutes on medium speed.
- Spoon batter into 24 (2½-inch) aluminum or paper lined muffin cups.
- Evenly divide 1 cup of blueberries onto tops of batter. Do not stir.
- Bake cupcakes following package directions.
- Remove to a wire rack and cool completely.
- In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla until smooth.
- Spoon onto cooled cupcakes.
- Spread to the edges.
- Unroll fruit snack and, with a sharp knife, cut into strips 1⁄8-inch wide by 2-inch long.
- On half of each cupcake, arrange strips, trimming each to fit. A
- Arrange remaining 2 cups blueberries on the frosting on other halves of the cupcakes, about 10 blueberries per cupcake.
With these patriotic 4th of July cupcakes you are sure to be the hit of the party!
More recipes at: http://www.blueberrycouncil.org/blueberry-recipes/