Doing firecracker cupcakes the right way.

These cupcakes have absolutely no nutritional value, at all. But they have all sorts of giggling value! And that’s something. Firecracker cupcakes.  They are cupcakes, which are always fun.  And on top of that, they have hot sauce, pop rocks, and other fun additions. I dare you to try these sometime with your kids and not giggle as you eat them!

When I see firecracker cupcakes on Pinterest or other social media I get excited… until I click over and see that it is simply a decorative firecracker cupcake. As in, it’s pretty NOT exploding in your mouth stuff. Lame. I want a firecracker in my mouth AND a pretty cupcake. So, I took matters into my own hands with these cupcakes.

Firecracker cupcakes are fun and easy to make. Kids love these cupcakes made with red hots and pop rocks. A great patriotic cupcake for the Fourth of July

These cupcakes are quite simple. In fact, my daughter did a good majority of the baking! They are gooey, spicy, and fun to eat because they taste like Red Hot candies dipped in Pop Rocks. My kids were nuts over them and I continue to make them often. Honestly, I loved them too…so fun! But, be aware…the flavor mostly comes from the frosting…not the cupcakes! Don’t skip the frosting! Or the Pop Rocks.

Note: Pop Rocks have become increasingly difficult to find. I can grab them from my local candy store or on Amazon. When I find them, I pick up multiple packages to have on hand for these cupcakes.

Redhot Firecracker Cupcakes

  • Prepare a package of white cake mix according to the directions for cupcakes.
  • Add 1 cup of crushed red hot candies to the batter before baking (I use my food processor to crush them.)

Tip: spray the cupcake liners to help them come off the cake better. These are gooey!

Bake according to package directions.

Firecracker Frosting

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup soft butter

Beat together with electric mixer for 2 minutes.

  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tab cream or milk
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp clove
  • 2 drops of hot sauce (we use Widow’s Kiss)

Add to the sugar and butter. Beat together an additional 2 minutes.
If desired, more cinnamon and hot sauce can be added to increase heat.

  • pop rocks–don’t skip these! They are super fun.
  • licorice

Frost cooled cupcakes.
Dip frosted tops in Pop Rocks.

There you have it…a Redhot Cupcake Recipe the kids will be loving and are great fun for the Fourth of July and more.

 Tip: These are fun to add star sprinkles, metallic cupcake toppers, or patriotic cupcake liners to!


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