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These DIY Firecracker Cake Pops Will Make Your July 4th Sparkle

Sandra Denneler is a SheKnows Expert who's been making and doing her entire life. Growing up, her favorite book was the 1973 World Book Encyclopedia's Childcraft Volume 11, Make and Do. An art director at Wichita State University, Sandra...

It doesn't get much more patriotic than these delicious cracklin' cake pops

Step 5

Put a portion of the red cake plugs back into the bottoms of the red cake circles. Pipe a line of frosting around the centers of the red and white cake circles. Stack the white cakes on top of the red cakes, and the blue cakes on top of the white cakes.

It doesn't get much more patriotic than these delicious cracklin' cake pops
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Step 6

Add Pop Rocks down the hollow centers of the stacked cakes. Put a portion of the blue cake plugs back into the tops, covering the center filled with Pop Rocks.

It doesn't get much more patriotic than these delicious cracklin' cake pops
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Step 7

Cut licorice rope pieces approximately 1-1/2 inches long, and insert them into the centers of the blue cakes.

It doesn't get much more patriotic than these delicious cracklin' cake pops
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows

Note: For maximum popping potential, pour the Pop Rocks into the cake centers no earlier than one hour before serving. The moisture in the cakes will cause the Pop Rocks to slightly snap and crackle on their own. In fact, they make a great sizzling sound on the plate. But after about four hours, the Pop Rocks lose most of their popping power, so plan accordingly.

It doesn't get much more patriotic than these delicious cracklin' cake pops
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows

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It doesn't get much more patriotic than these delicious cracklin' cake pops
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