Firework Cupcakes They Really POP!
Holiday themed deserts are always fun and these Firework Cupcakes are amazing because they really POP! The kids will love helping you make them, and of course, they are all kinds of fun to eat. Not only is the recipe easy, but the kids will have so much fun stuffing the cakes with Pop Rocks candy!
1/2 C unsalted butter, room temp
2 egg whites, room temp
2 eggs, room temp
2 C flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 C buttermilk
1 1/2 C sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Red & blue gel food coloring
Star cookie cutter (you could actually make this in a variety sizes, and I love this 6 piece star cookie cutter set)
Small circle to make the hole in the center of the star.
Pop Rocks candy (4-6 bags)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare three small cookie sheets by spraying them with cooking spray.
Using a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
In a separate large mixing bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer on medium to high for 30 seconds.
Add sugar and vanilla extract to the butter and beat until combined.
Add egg whites, and then eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Alternate adding the flour mixture and buttermilk to the butter mixture, beating on low speed until everything is mixed together. Divide the cake batter into three bowls.
Bowl #1: Add several drops of red gel food coloring… Stir until the red coloring is well blended.
Bowl #2: Add several drop of blue gel food coloring… Stir until the blue coloring is well blended.
Bowl #3: Leave this bowl of cake mix white. (uncolored)
Pour each batter onto a separate cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Check to make sure the cake batter is thoroughly baked.
Allow the three cakes to cool in the in the cookie sheet until cool completely .
Using the star cookie cutter begin cutting stars in each of the three colors. Make sure that each cake color has the same number of stars.
Using a small frosting tip make a hole in the white and blue stars. Try to make the hole in the same spot in each star.
Make a stack of stars starting the red on the bottom then stack the white star the blue on top. If they don’t stay together use a tiny amount of frosting to hold them together.
You can garnish these cakes with these darling patriotic fireworks food picks.
2 C powdered sugar
1/2 C unsalted butter (sweet cream), soft
3 TBSP heavy whipping cream
Mix soften butter in mixing bowl.
Add powdered sugar 1/2 C at a time.
Mix until the ingredients form small pebbles
Add 1 TBSP of heavy whipping cream if frosting is not creaming.
Mix until it form peaks.
If it doesn’t form peaks add 1/2 C more powdered sugar and mix well, until you can take a spoonful of the frosting turning the spoon upside down and the frosting stays on the spoon.
Spoon the frosting into a pastry bag with a medium size tip.
Fill the hole in the middle of the white and blue cake stars with 1/3-1/2 pack of Pop Rocks.
Top it off with a dollop of white frosting on top.