cakepop.jpg(Family Features) Fireworks don’t have to be the only party element that makes guests ooh and ah during July 4th festivities. With colorful sweets that sparkle and a themed tablescape exploding with red, white and blue, your party is sure to be the best on the block.

“Adding patriotic flair to your Independence Day celebration is easy with the right recipes and decorating accents,” said Nancy Siler, vice president of consumer affairs at Wilton. “Put your personal John Hancock on the party by turning traditional summertime foods into amazing sweet treats.”

Makes about
12 Treat Pops

Whoopie Pie Cakes:
1-1/2  cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2  teaspoons baking powder
1/4  teaspoon salt
6  tablespoons butter, softened
2/3  cup granulated sugar
2  egg whites
1-1/2  teaspoons imitation clear
vanilla extract
2/3  cup milk

3 cups buttercream icing
Christmas red icing color
Royal blue icing color
Patriotic mix sprinkles
Rocket Treat Pops Toppers

Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare mini whoopie pie pan with vegetable pan spray.
In large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt.
In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg whites and vanilla extract and beat until well combined. Alternately add flour mixture and milk in three additions, beating until just combined. Spoon one tablespoon batter into each cavity.
Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until tops of cakes spring back when touched. Cool in pan 3 minutes. Cool completely on cooling grid.

In separate small bowls, tint 1 cup buttercream red, 1 cup blue and reserve 1 cup white.
To assemble: Place one cake in bottom of treat pop. Pipe a swirl of blue icing from back edge following the curve of the container to the front, then filling in the center; add sprinkles. Add second cake. Pipe a swirl of white icing; add sprinkles. Top with another cake. Pipe a swirl of red icing. Top with Patriotic Sprinkles or Rocket Treat Pops Toppers.
Convenience tip: Substitute vanilla wafer cookies for whoopie pie cakes.

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