4th of JULY FIRECRACKER CUPCAKES

4 Jul

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Happy Independence Day! July 4th has to be my favorite holiday – I don’t know why really. Maybe it has to do with my interest in early American history, American culture and celebrations.

Or maybe it has something to do with being a native New Englander, now living just outside Philadelphia, both regions claiming to be the birthplace of America. (Philly may try to claim it, but we all know it was Boston).

Maybe it’s my love of that patriotic red-white-blue color combination, which also happens to be the team colors for both the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots (coincidence? I think not.) But who isn’t moved by the sight of the star spangled banner, waving proudly in a gentle breeze atop any stadium or ballpark in this country?

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Maybe it’s the parades, the fireworks, the cookouts with family and friends.

Or maybe it’s the sheer wonderment how just a handful of men, full of provocative philosophy and even more courage, managed to create this country of ours 237 years ago. We’re a baby really compared to some other nations, but look how far we’ve come and the impact we’ve had on the rest of the world – cause indeed for the most glorious fireworks celebration!

For these July 4th cupcakes, I’ve taken my red hot Goldschlager cupcakes, added a little flash of red, white and blue, and topped them with some sizzling Goldschlager cream cheese frosting. Because today of all days, your cookout or picnic should end with a little bang!

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I love the way Goldschlager has it’s own fireworks display going on inside the bottle.

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JULY 4th FIRECRACKER CUPCAKES

Follow the recipe for Goldschlager cupcakes, https://buicupcakes.com/2013/02/14/goldschlager-red-hot-cupcakes/ but omit the cinnamon hearts. Instead, after all the ingredients have been mixed together, gently stir in 2-3 tablespoons of red, white and blue jimmies or decorating stars. Bake as directed, but be sure to fill the tins only 2/3 to 3/4 full.

GOLDSCHLAGER CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

1/2 cup butter

4 ounces cream cheese

4 cups confectioners sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

pinch of salt

3 tablespoons Goldschlager

red white blue sprinkles

Cream together butter and cream cheese. Add sugar, vanilla, salt and Goldschlager and mix at low speed until combined, then at high speed until light and fluffy, 4-5 minutes. Frost and decorate as desired.

Enjoy!

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