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Fourth of July firecracker cakelette recipe

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...

Because a Pop Rocks firecracker cake pop is always a good idea

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, the 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:

Because a Pop Rocks firecracker cake pop is always a good idea
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows

Firecracker cakelettes

Yields 10-14 cakes

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 white cake mix, egg whites, oil, water and sour cream for three to four minutes on medium speed. Split cake batter into three equal amounts, adding red and blue food coloring to two of the portions. Coat three, 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 remove from pans.

Because a Pop Rocks firecracker cake pop is always a good idea
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows

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Step 2

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

Because a Pop Rocks firecracker cake pop is always a good idea
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows
Because a Pop Rocks firecracker cake pop is always a good idea
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows

Step 3

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

Because a Pop Rocks firecracker cake pop is always a good idea
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows

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Step 4

Using a jumbo straw or plastic tube (one-half or three-quarters-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.

Because a Pop Rocks firecracker cake pop is always a good idea
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows

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