Pop Rocks Firecracker Cakes Are the Most Patriotic Dessert EVER
Pop Rocks Firecracker Cakes Are the Most Patriotic Dessert EVER
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<a href="http://www.yumsugar.com/Fourth-July-Pop-Rocks-Fireworks-Cakes-35097573"></a>Let's take the patriotic red, white, and blue cake to a whole new level. These firecracker cakes contain a popping surprise. Pop Rocks fill the core, so as guests take a bite, the sparkling treat sizzles just like the real thing. Adapted from <a href="http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/963400/fourth-of-july-firecracker-cakelette-recipe">SheKnows</a> Firecracker Cakes Notes For maximum popping potential, pour the Pop Rocks into the cake centers no earlier than 1 hour before serving. The moisture in the cakes will cause the Pop Rocks to slightly snap and crackle on their own. In fact, they make a great sizzling sound on the plate. After about 4 hours, the Pop Rocks lose most of their popping power, so plan accordingly. Ingredients1 box white cake mix, like <a href="http://www.duncanhines.com" target="_blank">Duncan Hines</a> 1/4 cup vegetable oil 3 large egg whites Red and blue food coloring <a href="http://www.yumsugar.com/Simple-Syrup-Recipe-9137952">Simple syrup</a>, for dipping Red, white, and blue sanding sugar, for decorating 1/4 cup vanilla buttercream frosting 3 packages <a href="http://www.pop-rocks.com" target="_blank">Pop Rocks candy</a> <a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Wilton-Black-Licorice-Strings/24107650" target="_blank">Black licorice ropes</a>, cut into 1-1/2-inch long pieces Directions To make cakes: Preheat oven to 350°F and coat 3 <a href="http://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FNordic-Ware-Natural-Aluminum-Commercial%2Fdp%2FB000RYPHRK" target="_blank">quarter sheet pans</a> with cooking spray and lightly flour the bottoms. Follow white cake box instructions to make cake batter. Pour 1/3 of the white cake batter into 1 of the prepared pans. Pour another 1/3 into a separate bowl. Mix in several drops of red dye to one bowl until a red cake batter forms, and repeat the process with the blue dye and the other bowl of batter. Transfer each to the remaining pans. Bake the red, white, and blue cakes according to the package directions, or until a toothpick test comes out clean. Allow them to cool 5 minutes before flipping the cakes onto a wire rack to cool completely. Using a 1-1/2-inch round cookie-cutter, cut circles from each of the baked cakes. With a serrated knife, carefully trim off the browned, baked bottoms of each cake circle. To assemble: Lightly roll the outer ring of each cake in simple syrup, then roll in the corresponding sanding sugar color (i.e.: roll the blue cake in blue sanding sugar). Using a jumbo straw (a <a href="http://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FBag-Fat-Bubble-Tea-Straws%2Fdp%2FB000BKCXGI" target="_blank">bubble tea straw</a> will work), punch out the centers of the cake circles. Save the red and blue centers to use as plugs for later. Using a serrated knife, carefully split both the red and blue cake plugs into 2 thinner plugs. Insert the blue cake plugs into the bottoms of the blue cake circles. Pipe a line of frosting around the tops of the blue cake circles and stack the white cake circles on top, firmly pressing down to glue the 2 together. Repeat this process to glue the red cake circles to the white cake circles. Fill the hollow centers of the stacked cakes with Pop Rocks, leaving 1/4 inch of headspace at the top. Seal the top of each cake with a red cake plug. Insert licorice rope into the center of each cake. Serve immediately! Information Category Cake, Desserts Cuisine North American Yield 10 to 14 small cakes <a href='/node/35117510/print' target='_blank' title='Print recipe'>Print recipe</a>
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<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/food/Sonic-Extreme-Tater-Tots-Recipe-37950721"></a>Can you think of anything better than chili cheese fries? It's a tall order for sure, but Sonic's Extreme Tater Tots are a strong contender. Made with tender tots (instead of fries) and topped with chili, cheese, onions, pickled jalapeños, and - wait for it - ranch dressing, they're the crown jewel of the brand's secret menu. Salivating yet? We certainly were so we knew we had to make our take on this ridiculously-amazing side. <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/node/38000458/edit" rel="nofollow"></a> From Nicole Iizuka, POPSUGAR Food Sonic's Extreme Tots Ingredients2 cups frozen tater tots 1/2 cup chili 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded 1/4 cup white onions, diced 1/4 cup pickled jalapeños 1/4 cup ranch dressing Directions Cook frozen tater tots according to the directions on the package. Place tater tots into a bowl or paper boat and cover with chili and cheddar cheese. Microwave for 45 seconds or until the cheese is melted. Top with white onions, pickled jalapeños, and a drizzle of ranch dressing. Serve warm. Information Category Side Dishes, Potato Yield 2 Servings Cook Time 35 Minutes Average( votes): <a href='/node/38000458/print' target='_blank' title='Print recipe'>Print recipe</a>
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