Sparkly Cupcakes

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


Yield: 4 Cups

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


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:

  1. Cream the butter until light and pale (about 5 minutes). 
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix on medium speed until light and fluffy (about 4 minutes).

For the Syrup:

  1. In 2 small bowl combine vanilla extract or syrup with food coloring
  2. Drizzle over cupcakes.

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