Sparkler Cupcakes for Independence Day!

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It’s been a while since I was in the kitchen and cooked anything.

Morning sickness will do that to you. Shudder.

But yesterday, I made myself get up off my lazy bum and bake some cupcakes. My sister and her family are visiting from New Mexico, where wildfires forced an evacuation of her home town. They believe their house will be alright — it’s on a different plateau from where the fire is currently burning, but they’re here for the week nonetheless.

That means that we’re staying in a house with FOUR BABIES! Ahhh!

I wanted to do something special for the little ones for the holiday, and these cupcakes were the perfect thing. You should have seen River sitting with me trying to pull up the little sparklers off the wax paper…

“Oops! Renie, I broke this one, too! Guess I’ll just have to eat it…”

Two-year-olds can be SO FUNNY.

So this really isn’t a recipe, per se, but more of a decorating idea.

So, without further adieu, let’s begin!

Sparker Cupcakes

What You’ll Need:

A dozen baked cupcakes, frosted as desired.
A bag of red Wilton candy melts
A bag of blue Wilton Candy melts
Wax paper
Two Ziploc bags


Lay out the wax paper on a table or flat surface.

Melt one set of candy melts, according to package directions. I just did half a bag of each.

Scoop the melted candy into one of the Ziploc bags. Cut off the corner to allow the candy to pour out of it.

Make squiggles down the wax paper with the melted candy. Allow to harden.

Repeat with the other color.

When the candy squiggles have set, stick them in the icing, like sparklers!

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  1. Oh my gosh, they are so cute.. My three year old would love those… :)

  2. That’s a really cute idea!

    I hope your sister’s house stays safe.

  3. you are very creative i love it! they look awesome

  4. I made these for the 4th of July with red velvet cupcakes, cream cheese frosting, and blue cupcake liners – they were awesome! I did have to practice a little at making squiggles that weren’t too thin so they wouldn’t break when being placed in the cupcakes. I got tons of compliments on the uniqueness of the decorations – thank you!

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