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Be a rock star: Pop Rocks cupcakes, an exploding sensation at children’s parties

Birthday parties for children or special occasions are great times to celebrate. While the celebration is in full swing instead of slicing a cake for the youngsters as you do for all the adults present just hand them a cupcake. Not just any cupcake. A Pop Rock cupcake! You will automatically be considered a rock star by your children when they bite into these colorful treats. There is also an icing recipe that will make their eyes pop when they see the colorful candies on top of their little potable cake.

Pop Rock frosted cupcakes!
Pop Rock frosted cupcakes!
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Pop Rocks cupcakes bursting with flavors
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Pop Rocks are a candy product made from sugar, milk sugars or lactose, corn syrup and flavorings. They come in a variety of colors so you may want to purchase a few packets and mix them together for a colorful array. These candies have been a hit since 1957 and create a fizzy reaction when they are dissolved in one’s mouth. This will cause a buzz at the party with the children and give them something else to talk about after the present have been opened.

Pop Rocks cupcakes


  • 1 cup of softened butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ cup of buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • ¼ cup of colored Pop Rocks


  1. Preheat oven to 350’.
  2. Mix all ingredients together except the Pop Rocks and blend till cupcake batter is smooth.
  3. Fold in the Pop Rocks candies until spread out uniformly.
  4. Line the muffin tin with paper liners.
  5. Fill each muffin cup two-thirds full.
  6. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Remove muffin tin from oven and set out on cooling rack for 10 minutes.
  8. Then remove the muffins from the tin and place them on a rack until completely cooled.
  9. Enjoy!

Pop Rock frosting


  • ½ cup of softened butter
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • ¼ cup of Pop Rocks


  1. Mix all ingredients except the Pop Rocks into a mixing bowl until smooth.
  2. Once the frosting is mixed fold in the Pop Rocks.
  3. Frost the cupcakes with a spatula or pastry bag with your favorite tip.
  4. Place decorated cupcakes on a tray and serve.
  5. Enjoy!


  • Instead of adding the Pop Rocks to the frosting batter you can place them in a shallow bowl. Then after the frosting sets a bit on the cupcakes just roll the tops in the Pop Rocks for a bolder look and a more tempting and appetizing look to the decorated cupcakes.

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