Anchors Aweigh for Memorial Day: Red Velvet Cupcake Sailboats

Red Velvet Cupcake Sailboats

I’m Weighing Anchor and Sailing into

Memorial Day Weekend

with Red Velvet Cupcake Sailboats

for a sweet & patriotic bite!


Memorial Day kicks off 

boating season at the lake and

is the unofficial start of summer!


So it seemed only fitting to hoist paper sails for a regatta of red, white and blue cupcakes! Sails are scrapbook paper squares, folded into triangles, and bamboo knot picks make a handy mast.


I’m a fan of doctored cake mixes, so I used a Duncan Hines Red Velvet mix for the cupcakes, substituting buttermilk for the water, 4 eggs instead of 3, and the same amount of oil called for in the mix.


Follow the directions on the box and fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. I use an ice cream scoop for easy filling. Bake cupcakes according to the directions on the box, 16 – 19 minutes until they test done with a toothpick inserted in the center. You can find a 5-star rated cream cheese frosting here, or if you don’t object to frosting in a can, I like the convenience and taste of Pillsbury Creamy Supreme Cream Cheese Frosting.


In case you’re in need of more recipes

or ideas to float your boat :)

click on the links for the recipe or a taste!



Lemon Basil Shrimp Salad

with Basil Leaf Sails


Watermelon, Pecan, and Gorgonzola Salad

Cobb Salad Boats with Basil Leaf Sails

Cobb Salad Boats


Watermelon Fruit Boat


Caprese Stacks, topped

with Basil Leaf Sails


However you celebrate,

remember and give thanks

for those who serve & protect us.

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Wishing you a Safe & Happy Memorial Day. . .



From Our Boat to Yours!

Red Velvet Cupcake Sailboats

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  41 comments for “Anchors Aweigh for Memorial Day: Red Velvet Cupcake Sailboats

  1. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud
    May 23, 2014 at 5:39 am

    They look great Mary! Lovin’ that RW&B seersucker tablecloth too! Hope you and The Girls have a fun holiday weekend-enjoy:@)

  2. franki
    May 23, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Those shrimp boats are a comin home with me!! franki Anchors aweigh!

  3. May 23, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Thanks for all the great ideas for the holiday weekend. We love to celebrate this first Summer holiday! Happy Memorial Day!

  4. Suzi
    May 23, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Just darling! And sound so yummy.

  5. paula
    May 23, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Let us remember our men and women of the military on Memorial Day!
    God Bless them.

  6. May 23, 2014 at 8:55 am

    I want to go boating with you! I used to have fun planning special picnic meals during our days of sailing, but they never looked as cute and delicious as these. Makes me want to get back into boating, except our lakes are drying up here in Texas. ;-)

  7. May 23, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Hi Mary, I love those enamel boat dishes! Looking back over your delicious posts and scenes of your beautiful lake was a great way to start my holiday weekend! Off to our son’s college graduation and then a little vacation…and then I will try your lemon basil shrimp salad when we return! Enjoy your weekend! Linda

  8. May 23, 2014 at 9:17 am

    I bow to the “Queen of Magnificent Creations”… One day, I would love to “see you in action”…your recipes, your tablescapes, your many vignettes are always stunning and over the top creative!….You inspire me with every post!…Happy Memorial Day…and have great and safe one Mary!!!

  9. May 23, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Gredat post Mary, I love all the red, white and blue. Everything looks so yummy. Happy sailing to you and the girls. They are so pretty.

  10. Ellen
    May 23, 2014 at 10:46 am

    God bless America! (And talented girls!) I’ll be certain to call all those military family members, old and new and give them THANKS! Yankee Doodle to ya…….

  11. Marilyn Morphis
    May 23, 2014 at 10:54 am

    I have just got to stop and take a few minutes to thank you and tell you how much I love and look forward to your posts. You put so much effort forth and take so much time with your camera to get things just right. I for one truely applaud and thank you. ~m

  12. May 23, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Beautiful, Mary! Love the sails, and well , everything!
    God bless those who have died for us, and comfort the loved ones who mourn for them.

  13. May 23, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Hi Mary You are so creative with decor and food. I wonder who gets to eat this cupcakes? If you need someone to help eat them,I would be glad to help:)

  14. May 23, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Thanks Rhondi, I’ll remember that next time :) The cupcakes sailed over to my husband’s office.

  15. May 23, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    can you see i am standing up singing and saluting? its all so fun and festive, if only the ca coast looked as inviting as your color filled post! the fog has moved in with heavy wet raindrops soaking the sky and soil, it could be xmas, not the red white and blue merry making feel for us!

    i am off to seek out a bit of garden solace, i am so far behind i fear i will be more ready for desert week ;-)

    happy holiday to you!

  16. Linda Melcher
    May 23, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Just too clever. I love it all.

  17. May 23, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    I should not be hungry when I read your posts. I could gobble up a cupcake in two bites. So cute too.

  18. May 23, 2014 at 3:07 pm


    Have a safe weekend and enjoy the boating!

  19. May 23, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Oh how cute! I love all of your themed place settings, food, and drinks! I am envious of the lucky people who get to enjoy such things!

  20. Peonies & Gardenias
    May 23, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Another stunning post! I so enjoy your pictures and blog. Happy Memorial Day to you and yours!

  21. May 23, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    You blow me away with every post (and recipe)!!! Your creativity amazes me always. Wishing you and your hubby SMOOTH SAILING this weekend!!!!! Hope it is a great one.

  22. May 24, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Oh, yeah!!!!!!! LOVE those little sailboat cupcakes. Gonna BOLDLY and BRAZENLY steal that idea! :-) Your tablescape is gorgeous, too. I really like that seersucker table covering!

    I have no doubt you will have a wonderful holiday weekend! You’re all set!

  23. May 24, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Those cupcakes could not be any cuter! Love the sails and the bamboo knot masts! You have set sail for a red white and blue filled weekend, I hope the boating weather is as picture perfect as your photos! Happy Memorial Day!

  24. Chrystal
    May 24, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Mary, what you do amazes me. Everything is so beautiful. I don’t know how you do it, I’m so inspired by you.

  25. bj
    May 24, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Mary, I do believe you, more than any other blogger I know, have the most fun with your adorable settings and foods….awesome!!

  26. May 25, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Mary as usual you made a beautiful table. love the idea of the cupcakes and using the net in the three tireded tray was a unique idea. very nice display.Susie

  27. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    May 26, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Your whole sailboat theme is fabulous. I love it and the red velvet cupcakes look define. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

  28. June 2, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    How do you do it? Wish I had an ounce of your talent and ideas!
    Love those cupcakes. Impossibly cute!

  29. June 3, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Gorgeous styling and photographs! Loved it!

  30. amygreen1025
    June 3, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    I adore your cupcakes!! Definitely pinning. I might make something inspire by your cupcake toppers for my son’s first birthday. Where did you get the red and blue rimmed plates? Love those too!

    • June 3, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      Thanks Amy, The plates are Food Network Cafe Red & Blue Dinnerware, from Kohl’s several years ago :)

  31. June 3, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Absolutely LOVE these! We bought some nautical stuff at IKEA for a nautical theme 4th. These are making an appearance as well as your Cobb Salad boats. What amazing ideas you have.

    Shannon ~

  32. Kim
    May 21, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Wow, these are awesome sail boat creations!

  33. May 21, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Yum! That enhanced recipe sounds yummy! Love the little regatta sails and the way you added the extra cupcake paper on the outside. It’s still a bit cool up here but hopefully we can be outdoors and enjoy some dining on the deck. Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy some boating!

  34. May 24, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Love the way you present everything, I love table settings and craft as well. Monika from HMC

  35. May 26, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Mary the little sailboat cupcakes and salad are perfection! Luv it! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

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