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Fourth of July Firecracker Cupcakes

Fourth of July Firecracker Cupcakes! 

This one is from the archives, but I thought it was worth sharing again!  I think these are the cutest things for the Fourth of July!   

Check out these adorable Firecracker Cupcakes!  Easier to make than they look, I am going to share the secret to making it look like you have little firecrackers perched on your cupcakes.  Yes!  These are totally edible, read on to see how to create these really fun, and delicious little treats for the upcoming Fourth of July Holiday!Firecracker cupcakes

You will start out by making your “firecrackers”, which can be done a couple of days ahead of time.  Get some red candy melts and melt them in your microwave in a container deep enough for you to dip a regular size marshmallow into.  Use a  wooden skewer stuck into the top of the marshmallow to dip the marshmallow into the candy melts.  Lift the marshmallow out and set it on a piece of wax paper.  If you have trouble getting the marshmallow to release from the wooden skewer, use a second skewer to push the marshmallow free.  Immediately take a short piece of a black licorice lace, dip the end of it into your red candy melts and stick it into the indentation left from the skewer.  Set these aside and let them harden.


Bake cupcakes in your choice of flavors.  I used these great Duncan Hines summer special, Red Velvet and Blue Velvet, for a little surprise when guests bit into the cupcakes.DSC_0025.jpgUsing white frosting in a pastry bag, squeeze a little bit of frosting in the middle of your cupcake for your firecracker to stick to.



DSC_0037.jpg Place your marshmallow firecracker onto the dollop of frosting.  Using a #18 tip, add stars of frosting around your firecrackers.Fourth of July Firecracker Cupcake

Add some patriotic sprinkles and you have your firecrackers!  I had guests who were sure that the firecrackers were little candles stuck in the cupcakes.  I had to demonstrate that I could eat one before some of them would try to eat them!  They were actually licking them to make sure it wasn’t wax!

Fourth of July Cupcakes

I hope you make these for your Fourth of July party and have fun with these cupcakes too!







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  1. These are so adorable!! Looking forward to hearing how you made these :).

  2. too cute! Do I have to wait until next year to find out what the firecrackers are made of? 🙂

    1. Chloe Crabtree says:

      I will have it all up this week! Just got back home from the sailing weekend!

  3. wow! these are so cute! and then the ‘firecracker’ surprise being a marshmellow is too neat! love this idea! Thanks for sharing with us 🙂

    1. Chloe Crabtree says:

      Thank you! Thanks for hosting! They were very popular on the 4th!

  4. I love these, they look gorgeous and delicious. Thank you for sharing with OMHG Wordless Wednesday Link Party.. Have a great day, co-host Evija @Fromevijawithlove x

  5. Hi Chloe,
    Stopping to help those Alexa rankings. These cupcakes look delish! I will be making these for the fourth this year with my toddler. He will enjoy this! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Oh my gosh I love how simple and adorable these are!

  7. Chloe, those cupcakes are the cutest thing. And the marshmellows covered in red coating. How creative. Thank you for sharing at Your Inspired Design Link Party.

  8. Aw, how cute! What a great idea! I love checking out so many clever blogs at the Family Joy Linkup! Thanks so much for sharing this fun idea!

  9. These are so cute Chloe. Love the whole look. Perfect for the 4th. I am happy to feature these sweet fire crackers at Love Your Creativity. Happy 4th.

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