Firecracker Cupcakes

These fun Firecracker Cupcakes have a red, white, and blue surprise inside.  A licorice topper and sprinkles make them fun to eat and share at any picnic.
Firecracker Cupcakes - red, white, and blue cupcakes with a licorice topper
Do you need a super easy and fun dessert for the Fourth of July???
My daughter and I had so much fun making these Firecracker Cupcakes together. They are the perfect easy cupcake to do with your kids. We loved seeing how different each cupcake baked up depending on what color you started with. I think it is kind of like a patriotic camo.

These fun red, white, and blue cupcakes have a licorice topper.  Perfect for Fourth of July picnics!
Take these to any and all picnics you are invited too, but BEWARE…once people know you can make such cute stuff, it will be expected for every picnic you attend.

And that isn’t a bad thing…I mean baking such cute stuff is super cool, right?


Firecracker Cupcakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Firecracker Cupcakes

These fun red, white, and blue cupcakes will be the hit of any Fourth of July picnic.


1 vanilla cake mix (and ingredients from back of box)
blue and red food coloring ( I used Wilton gel colors)
For the Frosting
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1/8 teaspoon salt
2-3 Tablespoons whipping cream
1 Tablespoon vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar
1 package pull and peel licorice
holiday sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix up your cake mix as directed on the back of the box. Divide the batter into 3 bowls. Add a little red and blue food coloring to two of the bowls. Fill your cupcake liners 2/3 full by alternating colors 1 Tablespoon at a time. Change it up by starting with a different color each time. Bake 18-20 minutes. Cool.
  2. Beat butter and shortening until creamy. Add the salt, whipping cream, and vanilla and beat again. Slowly add the powdered sugar. Beat until creamy. Frost cupcakes and place a short piece of pull and peel licorice and sprinkles on top. Makes 24 cupcakes.

A licorice candy topper makes these fun red, white, and blue cupcakes look like firecrackers.

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  1. says

    Thanks for sharing; I need an idea for a dessert I can make with my 2 yr old son to take to our 4th of July party…I think this will be the winner! He’s a sucker for cupcakes. :)


  2. says

    Thanks for sharing this! I was planning to make cupcakes with DD today, and we just so happen to have a package of those Twizzlers–perfect! :)

  3. says

    I will so try these with my kiddos in just a minute! Lol thought of you when I bought like 6 packs of cupcake liners on clearance at Michael’s, yours are always adorable! Thx for the fun kid-friendly recipe :)

  4. says

    Jocelyn, thank you so much for being a part of the festivities at Rook No. 17! I love these cupcakes! I wish you (and your cupcakes) could have come to our real-life 4th of July party!

    Best, Jenn


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