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Patriotic Devil’s Food Cupcakes Recipe

Perfect for any patriotic holiday gathering! Make these Devil’s Food Cupcakes & top them with these cute stars. Includes directions for making the toppers.

Perfect for any patriotic holiday gathering! Make these Devil

Up today are some moist and chocolatey (with buttercream frosting) Patriotic Devil’s Food Cupcakes. Oh. My. Gosh. I put a red, white and blue twist on them since there are patriotic holidays coming up but these cupcakes would be perfect any time. The star cupcake toppers are made from burlap and scrapbook paper. Get the star template HERE.

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To make the cupcake toppers:

Supplies needed for stars:

Iron On Interfacing
Red Gingham Scrapbook Paper
Sucker sticks
Narrow Twine
Hole Punch

Print the star template on cardstock and cut out whatever size star you want to use. For the paper version, simply trace the star on the back of the paper and cut out. Using a hole punch, punch 2 holes and insert a stick through the star. I added a little twine bow too. 

Perfect for any patriotic holiday gathering! Make these Devil

For the burlap star, take 2 pieces of burlap and fuse them together with iron-on interfacing. Trace the star and follow the directions above. The interfacing takes care of any stray burlap threads and also makes the star stiff enough to thread the stick through. The stars are totally re-usable. Just store them in a plastic container or ziploc bag.

Perfect for any patriotic holiday gathering! Make these Devil

This recipe is from my old, battered Betty Crocker cookbook that I received when I got married. I use it for tried-and-true, good old basic recipes. This Devil’s Food cake is simple and straight-forward with an incredible result. I noted in the recipe that if you want to save some time, this recipe can be baked in a 9 x 13 pan. 

Devil's Food Cupcakes

Perfect for any patriotic holiday gathering! Make these Devil's Food Cupcakes & top them with these cute stars. Includes directions for making the toppers.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 cupcakes


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 oz. melted unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 2/3 cups Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk

Buttercream Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter 1 stick
  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons Milk


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Combine shortening, sugars, eggs, vanilla and melted chocolate.
  • Add salt, baking soda and 1 cup flour.
  • Slowly add buttermilk and remaining 2/3 cups flour.
  • Beat on high for 3 minutes.
  • Pour into prepared cupcake tins.
  • Bake for 20 min.
  • Cool completely.
  • Frosting: Combine butter, powdered sugar and vanilla in the bowl of a standing mixer.
  • Beat until fluffy. Add milk until desired consistency.
  • Top cupcakes with frosting.


Can also be baked in a 9 x 13 greased pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.
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  1. Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication says:

    Oh man! These cupcakes look so cute and so delicious! I should do something like this for our Labor day cookout…

  2. Those are the cutest cupcakes ever! I would make maple leafs instead of stars, but it would be so cute and easy. Your recipe sounds delicious, too. Thanks for the great inspiration!
    Hugs, Cindy

  3. Hi Ann! Oh, these cupcakes look so delicious! I have that same cookbook and it was given to me when I got married! I learned so much with it. Love all of directions in pictures. The little star cupcake toppers are just darling! :)
    Thank you for your visit and your sweet comments.
    Be a sweetie,
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  4. Nana Diana says:

    Ann- Okay-Those are just too darned cute to eat! What a wonderful recipe and I love the way you have decorated them. Hope you have a great weekend- xo Diana

  5. those sure look good ann. will try them soon! elaine

  6. Michele/Finch Rest says:

    SO CUTE!!!

    Have a great weekend.

  7. They look so cute, I would be tempted to NOT eat them. Oh, but I would…they sound very tasty!

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