Firecracker Cup Cakes


Makes 24 cupcakes

*1 box (18.25 Ounces) Cherry Chip Cake Mix, Betty Crocker or your favorite cake mix, make according to directions on box

*1 can  (16 ounce) Stars & Stripes Funfetti White Frosting (I really bought it to use the Stars and Stripe Sprinkles and I used the frosting recipe below for piping on white chocolate butter cream frosting)

White Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting


*1 cup Butter, room temperature

*3 cups Powder Sugar, more if needed for desired consistency for spreading and piping

*1/4 cup Heavy Whipping Cream

*2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract

*6 ounces White Chcocolate Melting Wafers, like Ghirardelli or good quality White Chocolate Chips, Melted

pinch of Sea Salt

In a stand mixture with paddle attachment on medium speed, cream together the butter and powdered sugar, gradually adding the powdered sugar alternating with the heavy whipping  cream.  Then add the vanilla, salt and the melted white chocolate/vanilla wafers/chips (Cooled slightly) .  Add more powdered sugar, only if needed.

Pipe on the frosting on to cupcake by using a pastry bag with decorating tip Wilton Open Star (4B).  I piped a around the outer edge of the cupcake and then added the sprinkles.  Then I piped the centers and add the decorated firecrackers.




* Red Vine Twistettes, short twisted firecrackers

*Airhead Xtremes Rainbow Berry Sweetly Sour Candy, cut for fuses in firecrackers

*Red. White and Blue Sprinkles and Non Periel Sprinkles

*Sweet Tarts Soft & Chewy Ropes, cut for taller fireworks

*White Chcocolate Melting Wafers, like Ghirardelli or White Almond Bark, melted, used to dip in the end of the firecrackers and then sprinkle on  red, white and blue sprinkles of you choice. (Careful not to get sprinkles on the bottom of the firecrackers so they will be able to stand up while drying.)

Use Silpat or Parchament paper to set dipped fireworks on to set.  After firecrackers have set add the fuse.

Use a tooth pick, skewer or something food safe to poke a hole into the top of the licorice to be able to insert fuse.

I used the twisted firecrakers on the cupcakes and the taller firecrackers for decoration around cupakes.



Red White and Blue Rice Krispie 

Red White and Blue Rice Krispies



*18 cups Rice Krispies, 2 (10 ounce) boxes

*18 cups Mini Marshmallows, 2 (1 pound Bags)

* 1 cup Butter plus 2 tablespoons

*Parchment Paper, for lining 3 (quarter) baking sheets

*Cooking Spray

*Wax Paper

*3 (quarter) baking sheets

*Blue and Red Food coloring, I used red food emulsion

*Stainless Steel Stock Pot or similar pot


Make 3 Batches Rice Krispie Treats:


For each batch you will need:

*6 cups Rice Krispie Cereal

*6 cups Mini Marshmallows

*6 tablespoons Butter

*Food Coloring

In a stock pot on medium low heat, add the butter and marshmallows. Stir until butter is about all melted and add the food coloring 8 plus drops or until desired color occurs. (The white batch needs no coloring.)When the marshmallows have melted pour mixture into parchment lined, cooking sprayed quarter baking sheet.

Press marshmallow Krispie mixture into pan using a piece of wax paper sprayed with cooking spray and press until flat in the baking sheet. Allow to cool and cut into about 2 and 1/2 inch squares and/or make the below fireworks and patriotic pops.


Inspiration idea from: Life Love and Sugar 


Firework Rice Krispie Treats

Firework Rice Krispy Treats

*Red White and Blue Rice Krispie Recipe, above

*Red Skewers, or white etc…

*Red Licorice, rope, string or I used Rainbow Berry Airhead Xtreme Sour Candy-cut into strips and then cut into 1 inch or so pieces. I just used the red strip but you could blue or yellow too.

*Circle Cookie cutter, small about 2 inches

*Pastry/Dough Scraper, for cutting 1 and 1/2 inch squares

Cut the Rice Krispies into desired shape, for each firework pile/layer 6 shapes and with the pointed end of the skewer, carefully push the skewer through the center of each shape.


Patriotic Rice Krispie Pops

*Red White and Blue Rice Krispie Recipe, above

*Apple Stick, for poking holes in the bottom of the Rice Krispie rectangle

*Red, White or Blue Straws, cut in half

*Pastry/Dough Scraper, for cutting

*1 to 2 cups White Ghriardelli Melting Wafers, melted for dipping and candy glue

*Red, White, Blue Sprinkles and candy stars etc…

*Silpat or Wax Paper

Cut Rice Krispies into around 2 and 1/2 by 3 inch rectangles. Then with the pointed end of the apple stick, poke into one of the top center sides (2 and 1/2 inch side) which will be the hole to insert the “Straw Popsicle Stick”. Remove the apple stick and repeat for each patriotic Rice Krispie pop.

Dip the end of the cut straw in melted wafers (candy glue) and push the straw into the hole made by the apple stick. Allow to set. Then holding the straw dip pop into melted wafers, remove and sprinkle with Sprinkles, candy stars and etc…
Set decorated dipped pops onto Silpat or wax paper and allow to set.