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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

If you think about it, Pop Rocks and Fourth of July go hand in hand. They're both nostalgic, fun and involve explosions. Sure, Pop Rocks' explosions are tiny little crackling sensations on your tongue and Fourth of July is all about huge displays of fireworks — but that's neither here nor there.

That said, this red, white and blue cake pop DIY couldn't be more perfect. The pops are shaped like firecrackers and filled with Pop Rocks for a huge Fourth of July payoff. So get cracking!

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

Firecracker cakelettes recipe

Yields 10 – 14

Ingredients:

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Red and blue food coloring
  • 3 packages Pop Rocks candy
  • Black licorice ropes
  • White frosting (less than 1/4 cup)

Directions:

Step 1

Mix the white cake mix, egg whites, oil, water and sour cream for 3 – 4 minutes on medium speed. Divide the cake batter into 3 equal amounts, and add red and blue food coloring to 2 of the portions. Coat 3 (4 x 9-inch) bread pans with cooking spray, and lightly flour the bottoms. Add the three batters to the pans, and bake at 350 degrees F for 18 – 23 minutes. Allow them to cool, and then remove them from the pans.

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

More: 3 Perfect Cocktails for the 4th of July: One Red, One White & One Blue

Step 2

Using a 1-1/2-inch round cookie cutter, cut circles from each baked cake. (I got 10 out of each cake, but you might be able to get more if you try.)

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

Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows

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

Step 3

Using a serrated knife, carefully trim off the browned, baked bottom of each cake circle.

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

Step 4

Using a jumbo straw or plastic tube (1/2 or 3/4 inch in diameter), remove the centers of the cake circles. Be sure to save the red and blue centers to use as plugs for later.

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

Next up: Step 5

Updated by Sarah Long on 6/19/17.

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