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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

Red Hot Firecracker Cupcakes

These cupcakes are full of spice and fun and zest! Easy to make these firecracker cupcakes!
Course Dessert
Keyword cupcakes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes
Calories 258kcal


  • 1 cup red hot candies
  • pop rocks

Firecracker frosting

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp cream or milk
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 2 drops hot sauce


For cupcakes

  • Prepare a package of white cake mix (or homemade!) 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.

For frosting

  • Mix the butter and powdered sugar.
  • Add the rest of the frosting ingredients to the sugar and butter. Beat together an additional 2 minutes.
    If desired, more cinnamon and hot sauce can be added to increase heat.

To assemble:

  • Scoop out the center of the cooled cupcakes...set the cake aside.
  • Pour Pop Rocks into the center of the cupcake and top with the cupcake you set aside (avoid having the frosting touch the Pop Rocks directly to keep them fresh)
  • Frost the cooled cupcakes.
  • Dip the frosted tops in Pop Rocks (or simply sprinkle the Pop Rocks on top)


Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 140mg | Potassium: 4mg | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 490IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.1mg