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These Adorable Cupcakes will be the Star of Your Backyard BBQs

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How cute are these BBQ Cupcakes?! These adorable sweet treats are perfect to make for all your backyard BBQs, pool parties and family get-togethers this summer. Your family and friends won't be able to get enough of them!


Cupcakes Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tbsp whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • red gel food colouring
  • orange gel food colouring
  • red and orange cupcake sprinkles
  • Gummy Bear candy
  • Box of toothpicks

Royal Icing Ingredients

  • 4 egg whites
  • 4 C powder sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • Black gel food colouring


Cupcake Recipe:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line cupcake pan with cupcake liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  3. In another large bowl, stir together eggs, milk, oil and vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients bowl and stir.
  4. Beat with a hand mixer on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes. Slowly add boiling water and continue to beat.
  5. Fill the cupcake liners with the batter about ¾ way full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for 10 minutes.

Frosting Recipe (for BBQ flames):

  1. Beat the softened butter until smooth.
  2. Add vanilla extract.
  3. Add powdered sugar with heavy cream into the creamed butter until it becomes smooth and thick.
  4. If the frosting is too thick, add more heavy cream, if the frosting is too thin, add more powder sugar.
  5. Put 1/2 of the frosting into a separate bowl. Put several drops of orange gel food coloring in that bowl and stir well to blend the color.
  6. In the second bowl add the half of the frosting. Add several drops of red gel food coloring. Stir well to mix the color.
  7. Scoop the orange frosting into a pastry bag with a frosting tip. Scoop the red frosting into the same pastry bag.
  8. Twist the open end of the pastry bag to push the orange/red frosting to the tip.  
  9. Using the filled pastry bag work the frosting in a circle on the top of each cupcake until they are fully frosted.

Royal Icing Recipe (for grill grates):

  1. Beat egg whites in a large bowl with mixer at high speed until foamy.
  2. Gradually add sugar and lemon extract and beat until thickened.
  3. Add black gel food coloring stir to blend well.


  1. Tape wax paper covering a cookie sheet.
  2. Fill a small pastry bag with the black icing and use it to draw a grill on the wax paper.
  3. Allow to dry for 5-10 hours.
  4. Cut the wax paper holding the completed BBQ grill into squares surrounding the image.
  5. If the grills  are dry peel them off the wax paper and place on the frosted cupcake.

Gummy Kabobs:

  1. Cut each Gummy Bear into 3 pieces.
  2. Slide each small square piece of gummy candy onto a toothpick.
  3. Place the kabobs on the grill.

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