July 4th Fireworks Cupcakes
Seth SmootJuly 4th celebrations are marked by nationwide fireworks displays and an abundance of red, white and blue decorations. When considering desserts to serve at your Fourth of July bash, why not opt for fun, decorative cupcakes that incorporate both of these prominent symbols?
About the July 4th Fireworks CupcakesNo two fireworks displays are alike, so each of Karen and Alan's Fireworks Cupcakes should be decorated in different symmetrical patterns, using any red, white and blue candies you can find at the grocery store. (Use your imagination -- candies can be cut in half, heated and reshaped, or buried under icing to look like different elements of a light display.) Alan creates a spindly fireworks explosion with sliced red and blue licorice and a nonpareil center, while Karen's red sugar-dipped cupcake is lined with round blue candies, miniature red gummy fish and a starlight mint at its core.
To make your own Fireworks Cupcakes, you'll need the following:
12 vanilla cupcakes baked in red, white and blue paper liners
1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
Red and blue decorating sugars
Red white and blue candies such as jelly beans, licorice twists, colored round candies (like M&M's, Spree and Smarties), starlight mints, red hots, fruit leather, licorice laces, sour balls, red and blue gummies (like Swedish Fish and Gummy Bears), and more!
Here are Karen and Alan's easy decorating tips:
Spread the vanilla frosting on top of a cupcake and decorate as desired. Using one larger round candy as the cupcake's center, line other candies in symmetrical layers toward the cupcake's circumference. Don't place candies too close to the cupcake's edge, as they might fall off. This is a project where there really isn't a recipe, just use your imagination!
Learn more about Karen Tack, Alan Richardson and Hello, Cupcake!
More 4th of July Food on KitchenDaily:
- See how The Pioneer Woman celebrates the Fourth of July every year and get her July 4th party recipes.
- We pulled July 4th recipes from our database based on readers' requests.
- Lots of 4th of July sides courtesy of Bon Appetit.
- See more Creative Cupcaking projects.
- Get many more Baking and Dessert ideas here.