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4th of July Pop Rocks firecrackers: The most exciting cake pops around

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...

Go ahead and let the kids play with these firecrackers — they're just cake and candy

All urban legends aside, Pop Rocks are the one candy guaranteed to crank up the nostalgia and bring out the kid in you. And on such a festive holiday as the 4th of July, using the candy version of fireworks to create an explosively delicious dessert makes way too much sense.

These red, white and blue stacked-cake firecrackers are sure to be the most "pop"-ular treat at your Independence Day bash.

Go ahead and let the kids play with these firecrackers — they're just cake and candy
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.

Go ahead and let the kids play with these firecrackers — they're just cake and candy
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows

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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.)

Go ahead and let the kids play with these firecrackers — they're just cake and candy
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows
Go ahead and let the kids play with these firecrackers — they're just cake and candy
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows

Step 3

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

Go ahead and let the kids play with these firecrackers — they're just cake and candy
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows

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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.

Go ahead and let the kids play with these firecrackers — they're just cake and candy
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows

Next up: Step 5

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