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This 4th of July pinata cupcakes recipe is SO cute! Each bite of these 4th of July cupcakes has a frosting surprise that the kids and everyone can enjoy. All you need for these gorgeous cupcakes is a cake mix, frosting, and some sprinkles. 

cupcakes covered in red white and blue sprinkles and white frosting.

4th of July Pinata Cupcakes

My firecracker cupcakes never miss out on our July 4th celebrations. Piñata Cupcakes look complicated, but they’re actually so easy to assemble. 

This cupcake recipe starts with a cake mix and finishes with some 4th of July sprinkles to bring it all together. 

Once you learn how to make these fireworks cupcakes, the sky’s the limit when it comes to celebratory treats. You can change up the frosting, sprinkles, or cupcake flavors to fit any occasion. 

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • I have an easy trick to getting sprinkles inside the cupcakes!
  • Inspired by the American flag colors to celebrate July 4th
  • So versatile! Change up the colors or flavor of cupcakes easily.

Ingredients Needed

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How to make 4th of July cupcakes

  1. Bake cupcakes according to package directions and let them cool down to room temperature.
  2. Slice a round circle from the middle of the cupcake and gently remove the piece you cut to set it aside. 
  3. Fill the hole you made with sprinkles. I used cute red, white, and blue patriotic sprinkles in mine. Then place the part you cut out back in the hole. You will only need part of it – enough to fill the top since the sprinkles are inside.
  4. Frost the cupcake and top it with more red, white, and blue sprinkles.
cupcakes covered in red white and blue sprinkles and white frosting.

Expert Tips

  • You can make your own frosting by making cream cheese frosting or vanilla buttercream.
  • Once you know the trick in making these surprise cupcakes you can use any flavor of cupcake, frosting, and festive sprinkles you like! 


Can you make cupcakes ahead of time?

Yes, you can. Once you’ve filled and frosted the cupcakes, loosely cover them so the frosting stays nice and keep them in the refrigerator. You can serve them straight from the fridge or let them warm to room temperature.

Should cupcakes be refrigerated?

Store loosely covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

cupcakes covered in red white and blue sprinkles and white frosting.

Fireworks Surprise Cupcakes Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Fun easy cupcakes with sprinkles inside for the 4th of July!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 24 cupcakes
Serving Size 1 serving


  • 24 yellow cupcakes baked and cooled (or use a box mix)
  • 2 cans vanilla frosting or from scratch
  • 1 cup red white, and blue sprinkles
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  • Bake and cool cupcakes according to package directions.
  • Gently slice a round circle from the middle of the cupcake, taking out part of of the cupcake. Fill the hole with sprinkles and replace part of the piece you took out.
  • Frost cupcake and top with more sprinkles.
  • Store loosely covered in refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 157mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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Last Updated on June 22, 2023

Dorothy Kern

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