These firework cupcakes could be the only fireworks we see with another dangerously dry summer and many of the local fireworks shows canceling well in advance of the 4th. The white cupcakes have blueberries baked in to go with our red, white & blue theme. Mixing & Bake Time: 20min.
While the cupcakes were baking, I mixed a batch of buttercream frosting.make fondant) and then sliced thin strips to use for the fireworks coming out of the cupcakes and for the flag stripes for a few of the sugar cookies. The various sizes/shapes were firm within an hour.
Cupcake decorating time was approximately 30 minutes.
The star cookies were much less labor intensive. Just frost and dip the surface in colored sugar.
I gave my daughter the task of sorting the red and blue M&Ms from the bunch and then had her add the red and blues to the top of the bowl- otherwise, it would take a lot of red/blue to fill the bowl.
We popped the popcorn in the Whirley Pop on the stove top using coconut oil (if you haven't tried popping with coconut oil, you must!) and sliced some bananas to go with the blueberries and strawberries that are always sliced and ready to go in the fridge.
If you have a little more time, you could also add the flag cake I made last year. It was definitely the hit of our 4th gathering.