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Firecracker Cupcakes Recipe

Firecracker Cupcakes Recipe

These no-fuss treats are so much fun to make with kids, and they put a spark in Fourth of July parties. You can tint the whipped topping red and blue to make the frosting festive, too. —Erin Glass, White Hall, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:24 servings


  • 5 pieces red pull-and-peel licorice
  • 6 drops red food coloring
  • 1 cup flaked coconut, divided
  • 4 drops blue food coloring
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 24 cupcakes of your choice
  • Assorted red and blue sprinkles, optional


  • 1. Cut each licorice twist into five pieces; pull apart one end of each to make firecracker fuses. Set aside.
  • 2. In a resealable plastic bag, combine 1/4 teaspoon water and red food coloring; add 1/2 cup coconut. Seal bag and shake to tint coconut. In another bag, combine 1/4 teaspoon water and blue food coloring; add remaining coconut. Seal bag and shake to tint.
  • 3. Spread whipped topping over cupcakes; decorate with coconut or sprinkles as desired. Insert firecraker fuses into tops. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 cupcake: 202 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 160mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0g fiber), 1g protein .

Reviews for Firecracker Cupcakes

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kimspacc 250018
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2016

"I made these with mini-cupcakes. They are very cute."

temiles 150813
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2011

"Made for a family reunion. Didn't do the coconut, used sprinkles instead. Big hit with the kids and adults too! Very easy. Will do again!"

Little Bud 194079
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2011

"Very easy to make, I like the blue tinted coconut better with the red licorice. Took them to work, got lots of funny looks when I told fellow co workers there were fireworks in the frig. Very cute"

amandassoaps 185967
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2011

"This looks really good will have to try it"

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