Sparkly Cupcakes ~ 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.
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.
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
- 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 Comments on “Sparkly Cupcakes”
I love these, they are too fun 🙂
This is amazing:) I love it!
I like Olivia in red/white
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!
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!
I do love the big, industrial fireworks in the sky shows…and your cupcakes!
That frosting looks divine! I’m surprised you didn’t finish it off in one sitting. I would have 🙂
Who says I didn’t? 😉
No wonder you are scared of fireworks. I wouldn’t be near them either. I would get the olivia swirl.
Right? Me and fire…we’re not BFFs
Those are SO cute!!!! I just love how festive these are, will pin them for our 4th of July celebration!
These are the perfect July 4th festive cupcakes. Beautiful!
What a fun cupcake! Love those straws!
How fun are these?!!
Thanks for stopping by Steph! Before too long your little guy will be baking with you 🙂
What a fun treat for the Fourth! These are incredible, Katrina!
You know I love sparklers and sparkles and the 4th and of course cupcakes 😉
I was thinking of your sparkly pancakes as I was shooting these.
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! 🙂
Well thank you!!
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!
Glad I could give you a giggle 😉
How fun! Sparkler is a great touch to this festive cupcake!
These look so fun and festive. Very elegant and fitting for any Fourth of July party. Thank you again for participating.
Thank you for the beautiful cupcake wrappers!
Super cute! Love the sparkler in the cupcake!
The frosting sounds delish, I’ve never used “real” vanilla beans.
Oh Liz you must try to get your hands on some vanilla beans!!
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!
Right?! You get a pass on the 4th. After that it’s just noise.
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
I liked the sparkly one but the alternative was pretty and fun too. Thanks!
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.
I hope you try the frosting. It was delicious!
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!
Thankfully I was okay. But yes it was not fun!
I really like the idea of a vanilla syrup drizzled on top!
Love love love the colorful vanilla drizzle!
Thank you Toni!
Oh what fun, sparklers make everything even more awesome!!
I love the Olivia swirl in Navy. Perfect for 4th of July! and I really want to try these cupcakes!!!
Love these!! So festive and colorful!! Perfect way to celebrate the 4th!
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!
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
I’m sorry you had a bad fireworks experience! However, your cupcakes are lovely! I love the drizzled colorful vanilla syrup!
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 🙂
Love the Olivia Swirl (Navy Blue)
I like the Patriotic Stars and Stripes wrappers. They would be so perfect for out 4th of July party this year!
I love these! So festive and fun 🙂 I love cupcakes, and have been looking for a really good vanilla one.
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!!!
It wasn’t actually a ton of ash. But I still wouldn’t be interested in ingesting an ashy cupcake!
How fun! Really love your frosting too!
Caught your hair on fire!!! I’d hate fireworks too. The festive straws work perfectly as a safe cupcake topper.
Fireworks in your hair is NOT something I would recommend!
YES! I so love these, but you already knew that. 🙂
And I can’t get over your glittery marshmallows!!!
I’m not a huge fan of fireworks either, they just don’t move me much. But I do love your cuppy cakes!
Glad to know I’m not completely alone in my fireworks opinion 😉
Oh my gosh, these are adorable. So festive! I have a family that would go crazy for these!
Thanks Cassie! Now I have 2 little boys who want more sparklers.
Super fun! I’m kind of frightened of sparklers, but I LOVE them on your cupcakes 🙂
I never liked them as a kid either. I was the odd kid who didn’t want to hold one.
These are so fun! And those wrappers are too cute!
OMG! Fireworks!! I hoped someone would top their cupcakes with sparklers! LOVE IT!!! Great job, Katrina!!
Yay! I’m glad you like them. Thanks for inviting me to the party!!
I love the Olivia Swirl wrappers, especially the navy. I also hope to try your recipe!
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!
Tell me about it- I can’t believe we are coming up on July!