Sparkly Cupcakes

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Sparkly Cupcakes ~ A simple vanilla cupcake topped with Vanilla Bean frosting and drizzled with festive vanilla syrup.

Sparkly Cupcakes | www.inkatrinaskitchen A simple vanilla cupcake topped with Vanilla Bean frosting and drizzled with festive vanilla syrup.

Call me the Independence Day Scrooge but I dislike fireworks. Don’t get me wrong- they are pretty from afar but I just don’t think my life would be incomplete without ever having to deal with them myself. I don’t like playing with fire. I don’t like when my neighbors play with fire for weeks and weeks after July 4th has come and gone. I think this all stems back from an ill-fated night when as a child I was struck with  a fire cracker. Not only was I scared and jumpy after that incident but as a girl I was furious that MY HAIR CAUGHT ON FIRE because somebody pointed their firecracker the wrong direction.

Sparkly Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Frosting Recipe

And let’s be real here. A sparkly cupcake is adorable and all. But it lasts about 2.5 seconds. And it’s fire. And we’ve already discussed how I feel about fire. If you choose to use sparklers there is also the chance that your cupcake will be covered in ashes and that makes for a sad cupcake. As an alternative I used these festive straws (found at Target) and the sparkle lasts more than 2.5 seconds.

Sparkly Cupcakes | www.inkatrinaskitchen A simple vanilla cupcake topped with Vanilla Bean frosting and drizzled with festive vanilla syrup.

Even if you’re not into setting your cupcakes on fire you must try this vanilla bean frosting! It is fluffy and delicious and so pretty piled high on top of simple vanilla cupcakes. I also drizzled the cupcakes with some festive vanilla syrup. Each layer of flavor is working together to make these sparkly cupcakes the star of your July 4th celebration. 

Vanilla Bean Frosting

Fluffy vanilla bean frosting and vanilla syrup- sometimes simple is best.
Servings 4 Cups


  • For the Frosting:
  • 1 cup salted butter at room temperature
  • 2 vanilla beans scraped
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons heavy cream or milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the Syrup:
  • 2 Tablespoons clear vanilla syrup or extract
  • 1 drop each red and blue food coloring


  • For the Frosting:
  • Cream the butter until light and pale (about 5 minutes). 
  • Add remaining ingredients and mix on medium speed until light and fluffy (about 4 minutes).
  • For the Syrup:
  • In 2 small bowl combine vanilla extract or syrup with food coloring
  • Drizzle over cupcakes.

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73 Responses to “Sparkly Cupcakes”

  1. #
    Sarah @ Miss CandiQuik — June 25, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Love these! They are so fun and perfect for the 4th (of course!). Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a good holiday, it’s seriously sneaking up on me! Kind of bittersweet…glad it’s summer but don’t want it to ever leave!

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — June 25, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      Tell me about it- I can’t believe we are coming up on July!

  2. #
    Jackie T — June 25, 2013 at 10:16 am

    I love the Olivia Swirl wrappers, especially the navy. I also hope to try your recipe!

  3. #
    Betsy @JavaCupcake — June 25, 2013 at 10:31 am

    OMG! Fireworks!! I hoped someone would top their cupcakes with sparklers! LOVE IT!!! Great job, Katrina!!

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — June 25, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      Yay! I’m glad you like them. Thanks for inviting me to the party!!

  4. #
    Deborah — June 25, 2013 at 10:42 am

    These are so fun! And those wrappers are too cute!

  5. #
    Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie — June 25, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Super fun! I’m kind of frightened of sparklers, but I LOVE them on your cupcakes 🙂

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — June 25, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      I never liked them as a kid either. I was the odd kid who didn’t want to hold one.

  6. #
    cassie — June 25, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Oh my gosh, these are adorable. So festive! I have a family that would go crazy for these!

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — June 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      Thanks Cassie! Now I have 2 little boys who want more sparklers.

  7. #
    Carolyn — June 25, 2013 at 11:13 am

    I’m not a huge fan of fireworks either, they just don’t move me much. But I do love your cuppy cakes!

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — June 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      Glad to know I’m not completely alone in my fireworks opinion 😉

  8. #
    Christi @ Love From The Oven — June 25, 2013 at 11:16 am

    YES! I so love these, but you already knew that. 🙂

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — June 25, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      And I can’t get over your glittery marshmallows!!!

  9. #
    Beth @ Hungry Happenings — June 25, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Caught your hair on fire!!! I’d hate fireworks too. The festive straws work perfectly as a safe cupcake topper.

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — June 25, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      Fireworks in your hair is NOT something I would recommend!

  10. #
    Jill @ Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons — June 25, 2013 at 11:30 am

    How fun! Really love your frosting too!

  11. #
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — June 25, 2013 at 11:40 am

    I think the sparkler on top is so fun, but I wondered how much ash would happen!!! They look fab though!!! That fluffy frosting is so pretty and I seriously want to dig a spoon into it!!! I need to find those fireworks straws because I love them!!!

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — June 25, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      It wasn’t actually a ton of ash. But I still wouldn’t be interested in ingesting an ashy cupcake!

  12. #
    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — June 25, 2013 at 11:41 am

    I love these! So festive and fun 🙂 I love cupcakes, and have been looking for a really good vanilla one.

  13. #
    Kimiko — June 25, 2013 at 11:51 am

    I like the Patriotic Stars and Stripes wrappers. They would be so perfect for out 4th of July party this year!

  14. #
    Donna O'Neil — June 25, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Love the Olivia Swirl (Navy Blue)

  15. #
    Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar — June 25, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I’m sorry you had a bad fireworks experience! However, your cupcakes are lovely! I love the drizzled colorful vanilla syrup!

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — June 25, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      Thankfully I was okay- but yes it was a bit terrifying. Also a bit eye-opening to see my mom go all crazy on someone 🙂

  16. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — June 25, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    I never thought I was a fireworks person until I moved to the land of no fireworks. Boohoo. Although, I think getting hit with one would turn me off forever too! These cupcakes are adorable! I hope I still have some of those firework-thingies from last year!

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      Katrina Bahl — June 25, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      I think I would miss them too. I just don’t want to be near them! My poor kids don’t even know what sparklers are lol

  17. #
    Kiran @ — June 25, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Love these!! So festive and colorful!! Perfect way to celebrate the 4th!

  18. #
    Akaleistar — June 25, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Very festive!

  19. #
    Maribeth M — June 25, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    I love the Olivia swirl in Navy. Perfect for 4th of July! and I really want to try these cupcakes!!!

  20. #
    Not Just A Mommy — June 25, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Oh what fun, sparklers make everything even more awesome!!

  21. #
    Toni Miller — June 25, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Love love love the colorful vanilla drizzle!

  22. #
    Kelly — June 25, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    I really like the idea of a vanilla syrup drizzled on top!

  23. #
    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — June 25, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    I agree, these are much cute (and safer) than real sparklers. OMG you poor thing I cant believe your hair was on fire! Ah!!

    I honestly like your wrappers best, they’re so pretty!

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — June 26, 2013 at 7:10 am

      Thankfully I was okay. But yes it was not fun!

  24. #
    michelle — June 25, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    ok 1) with you on sparklers – just went to a wedding and there was almost an incident with a bridesmaid catching on fire 2) that icing sounds amazeballs!! so cool.

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — June 26, 2013 at 7:11 am

      I hope you try the frosting. It was delicious!

  25. #
    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — June 25, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    So sorry to hear about your childhood fireworks trauma, Katrina! People get excited about celebrating the 4th of July and chuck safety and concerns for others out the window, unfortunately. But, fortunately, you have presented a very festive alternative with sparkly cupcake decorations for the 4th! So pretty! xo

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — June 26, 2013 at 7:12 am

      I liked the sparkly one but the alternative was pretty and fun too. Thanks!

  26. #
    Mike @ Semi Sweet — June 25, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    I love fireworks… on the actual night of the 4th! I can’t stand hearing them in the neighborhood for days on after. It sounds like a drive-by shooting in the middle of the night, which freaks me, uh I mean my dog, out. Awesome cupcake though! I much prefer your Target sparkler alternative. 🙂 Have a wonderful 4th!

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — June 26, 2013 at 7:14 am

      Right?! You get a pass on the 4th. After that it’s just noise.

  27. #
    [email protected] — June 25, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Super cute! Love the sparkler in the cupcake!
    The frosting sounds delish, I’ve never used “real” vanilla beans.

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — June 26, 2013 at 7:14 am

      Oh Liz you must try to get your hands on some vanilla beans!!

  28. #
    Carrie Middlemiss of Bella Cupcake Couture — June 26, 2013 at 3:27 am

    These look so fun and festive. Very elegant and fitting for any Fourth of July party. Thank you again for participating.

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — June 26, 2013 at 7:14 am

      Thank you for the beautiful cupcake wrappers!

  29. #
    [email protected]'s — June 26, 2013 at 6:25 am

    How fun! Sparkler is a great touch to this festive cupcake!

  30. #
    Tanya Schroeder — June 26, 2013 at 7:23 am

    While I can imagine how scary it was to have your hair catch on fire, I thought this post was funny! You are so right, sparklers are the biggest gip! You get excited once they light up but they fizzle so quickly! They do make for a cute cupcake though!

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — June 26, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      Glad I could give you a giggle 😉

  31. #
    Michelle | Creative Food — June 26, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Your cupcakes look fabulous! Love the touch of color on top of the vanilla bean frosting! AND you got the most perfect picture of the sparkler on the cupcake! even though it lasts for a few seconds your picture is gorgeous! 🙂

  32. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — June 26, 2013 at 10:31 am

    You know I love sparklers and sparkles and the 4th and of course cupcakes 😉

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — June 26, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      I was thinking of your sparkly pancakes as I was shooting these.

  33. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — June 26, 2013 at 10:47 am

    What a fun treat for the Fourth! These are incredible, Katrina!

  34. #
    [email protected] — June 26, 2013 at 11:23 am

    How fun are these?!!

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — June 26, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Steph! Before too long your little guy will be baking with you 🙂

  35. #
    [email protected] — June 26, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    What a fun cupcake! Love those straws!

  36. #
    Lora — June 26, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    These are the perfect July 4th festive cupcakes. Beautiful!

  37. #
    The Farmers Wife — June 26, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Those are SO cute!!!! I just love how festive these are, will pin them for our 4th of July celebration!

  38. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — June 26, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    No wonder you are scared of fireworks. I wouldn’t be near them either. I would get the olivia swirl.

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — June 27, 2013 at 10:14 am

      Right? Me and fire…we’re not BFFs

  39. #
    Nessa — June 26, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    That frosting looks divine! I’m surprised you didn’t finish it off in one sitting. I would have 🙂

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — June 27, 2013 at 10:14 am

      Who says I didn’t? 😉

  40. #
    Sue {munchkin munchies} — June 26, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    I do love the big, industrial fireworks in the sky shows…and your cupcakes!

  41. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — June 28, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I do love fireworks, that is my favorite part of the 4th! But, given your experience, I am sure I wouldn’t enjoy them much anymore either. The festive straws are way better in my opinion – super cute cupcakes!

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      Katrina Bahl — June 28, 2013 at 2:01 pm

      I know I know. I’m a scrooge. Maybe it’s not the big fireworks from far away that I don’t like. But the smalltown neighborhood ones annoy me and make me jumpy!

  42. #
    Nannypanpan — June 30, 2013 at 1:00 am

    I like Olivia in red/white
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  43. #
    madscar — July 1, 2013 at 3:07 am

    This is amazing:) I love it!

  44. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — July 6, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    I love these, they are too fun 🙂

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