I *always* have to work on the 4th of July. I've been gone on the 4th of July pretty much every year for my entire life. When I was young, we went to summer camp on the week surrounding the 4th. As an adult, I got a job that ensured I would always be gone.
Except this year. Every once in a while, I score that day off. It happens so infrequently (seriously, I've been in Cincinnati on the 4th of July like 2x my entire life), that I have no idea what normal people even do on that day.
We got invited to a picnic, so we went! And I made cupcakes. From the only book I ever seem to cook out of. :)
I made Mississippi Mud Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting from Julie Richardson's Vintage Cakes book. It's a fudgy cupcake with pecans in it, topped with marshmallow frosting. I had to learn a new technique, which means that I made the frosting twice :)
Since I mostly make cakes and I didn't actually read the recipe all the way through before I started (see above re: not toasting pecans), I didn't realize I needed 2 muffin tins to bake these bad boys. Luckily my roommate has one. That'd be the one in the picture that looks like its only been used once.