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Vanilla Firecracker Cupcakes

Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Can you believe it’s already the last week in June, the summer is going by way too fast! And with all the fun celebrations to attend for the 4th of July next week, I have the perfect dessert for you to bring to all your 4th of July parties, Vanilla Firecracker Cupcakes!

And not only are they super cute but these cupcakes are also fun to eat with the Pop Rocks on top it’s like a fireworks party in your mouth with each bite.

Vanilla Cupcake Recipe, Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, 4th of July Dessert

These cupcakes are made with my favorite vanilla cupcake recipe and topped with vanilla buttercream frosting. I SPRINKLED Pop Rocks on top to dress these cupcakes up for the 4th of July.

But you could make these cupcakes anytime of  year, they would be perfect for a birthday party or even new year’s eve. The Pop Rocks really make these cupcakes the ultimate celebration/party cupcake and are guaranteed to be a BIG hit at any party!

Here is the step-by-step on how to make these Vanilla Firecracker Cupcakes:

Vanilla Firecracker Cupcakes

**Check out the step-by-step on how to make the best vanilla buttercream frosting for these cupcakes!

Vanilla Firecracker Cupcakes

Yield: 12 Cupcakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 18-20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

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Vanilla Cupcakes:
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (make sure to properly measure the flour!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:
  • (2 sticks) cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon heavy whipping cream*
  • Pop Rocks, to sprinkle on top


Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line (1) muffin tins with 12 cupcake liners. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, using an electric or stand mixer  on medium speed, beat eggs and sugar for about 2 minutes, or until light and creamy. Add the butter and vanilla extract and beat on low speed for about 1 minute, or until well blended. Beat in the dry ingredients on low speed until blended. DO NOT OVER MIX! Add the sour cream and beat until smooth.

Fill each cupcake liner about 3/4 the way full with cupcake batter. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow cupcakes to cool before frosting.

To make the frosting:

Mix softened butter on medium speed with an electric or stand mixer. Beat for 30 seconds until smooth and creamy.

Add powdered sugar, heavy whipping cream and vanilla extract. Increase to high-speed and beat for 3 minutes. Add more cream if needed for spreading consistency.

Frost cupcakes using a piping bag or knife. Top with Pop Rocks and enjoy!

*I highly recommend using heavy whipping cream because it will give the frosting a thicker texture, but you may use milk.

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22 Responses to “Vanilla Firecracker Cupcakes”

  1. Carrie Reed — March 10, 2016 at 10:06 am

    I have a question, do the pop rocks “pop” when you put them on the frosting? Can they be done in advance? 

    • Jenn — March 15th, 2016 @ 2:24 pm

      Some will pop but for the most part you can make these cupcakes in advance! 🙂

  2. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife — June 30, 2014 at 2:22 am

    How cute are these cupcakes?! 🙂 I love that you decorated them with pop rocks! Such a great idea for the 4th!

  3. dina — June 27, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    i haven’t had pop rocks in a LONG time. these would be so fun!

  4. BRitni — June 25, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Pretty sure I love anything with Pop Rocks Jenn, yum!

  5. Medha @ Whisk & Shout — June 24, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Love that you have pop rocks on these, how creative! So festive and perfect for Independence Day 🙂

  6. Carol Bryant — June 24, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    These are too cute. Must make. TY!

  7. Kelly — June 24, 2014 at 11:02 am

    These are so cute and festive!! Great for a 4th of July party!

  8. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice — June 24, 2014 at 7:51 am

    These cupcakes look gorgeous, Jenn! So festive, and of course delicious…especially with the pop rocks! Pinned!

  9. Serene @ House of Yumm — June 24, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Pop Rocks on a cupcake?! Genius!!! Why have I never done this??? Loving the step by step photos by the way!

  10. Jess @ — June 24, 2014 at 4:09 am

    These cupcakes look amazing! Perfectly festive for 4th of July celebrations! 🙂

  11. Rookiya — June 24, 2014 at 12:24 am

    They look so beautiful. i never made cup cakes with vanilla pudding , I love baking
    will try this.

  12. Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector) — June 23, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Seriously such a fun cupcake for kids!

  13. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — June 23, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    These are so fun! Love the addition of pop rocks!

  14. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — June 23, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Such fun cupcakes! Perfect for 4th of July!

  15. Shannon @ Bake.Frost.Repeat — June 23, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    I love these cute and festive cupcakes. And I’m intrigued by your buttercream recipe. I’m totally trying it next time I make cupcakes….which will probably be for the fourth because these are so darn cute.

  16. Kimberly — June 23, 2014 at 10:57 am

    I love, love, love the addition of PopRocks to these … so cute! Pinning these to my 4th of July board!

  17. Julianne @ Beyond Frostinge — June 23, 2014 at 10:30 am

    What a super fun idea! Pop rocks were a childhood favorite of mine!

  18. Beth @ bethcakes — June 23, 2014 at 9:57 am

    These cupcakes are so cute for the 4th of July! I made some similar cupcakes last year, but I put sparkler candles in them and the pop rocks melted! Haha. It was disappointing when they didn’t sizzle. Your cupcakes look wonderful though! Pinning!

  19. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — June 23, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Poprocks were IT when I was a kid! Love that we can still find ways to bring nostalgic foods back in a grownup way!

  20. Beth @ The First Year — June 23, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Seriously this is a great idea! What kid wouldn’t love pop rocks on their cupcake?!

  21. Chloe @ foodlikecake — June 23, 2014 at 5:13 am

    These are so cute!

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