Ingredients and supplies:
Mini muffin pan
Mini muffin wrappers
White cake mix
Candy or sugar sprinkles
Cake pops are scrumptious, sure, but who wants to go through all of that trouble to make them for the Fourth of July? You’ll have to mix and bake the cakes, tear them apart, crumble them, stir in frosting, mold them; on and on it goes. But holiday cake pops can be so much easier than that and you’ll end up with the ideal cake pops for the Fourth. Rocket cake pops are patriotic, easy to make, and really delicious. Let’s make some!
Miniature cupcakes are the perfect size for making edible rockets. You’ll need three small cupcakes for each rocket so plan accordingly. A white cake is a great choice so that it fits in with a red, white, and blue theme. Bake in a mini cupcake tin and allow them to cool.
Frost some cupcakes with red frosting, some with blue, and some with white. Make one of each color for each rocket. Add even more color to the cupcakes by sprinkling on blue and white star candy for the red rockets, red and white for the blue ones, and blue and red for the white cupcakes. Yet another choice is to sprinkle the cakes with colored sugar.
After all of the cupcakes are frosted and decorated, peel off their wrappers, slide them onto sticks (skewers), and turn them into rockets. First, push the skewer through the bottom of a red cupcake, and out the top. Next, slide on a white cupcake, and finally, a blue one. Leave some of the skewer below the red cupcake; the blue cake should go right to the tip of the skewer.
Cut small bits of black shoestring licorice and use them for rocket fuses. With a dot of frosting, placed near the skewer, you can attach a short length of the licorice. At the opposite end, it’s optional to add a gum drop, or another candy, to create more of a point at the end of the rocket.
Stand the cupcake rockets in a jar of red, white, and blue candy or stick them in a piece of Styrofoam. They look really great on the Fourth of July food table, they’re much easier to make than ordinary cake pops, and they are unique in every way. Plan on making the rocket cake pops every year on the Fourth. Your family and guests will love them so much that they’ll practically demand that you keep on making the rockets, year after year.