Hot Off the Grill Cupcakes.

What do you make when you’re invited to a birthday BBQ in the summer?

Hot Off the Grill Cupcakes,” of course!

Hot Off the Grill Cupcakes.

I came across this idea in my latest issue (August/September) of Taste of Home magazine, and I thought it was just the cutest idea! The original decoration is shown on a brownie, rather than a cupcake, and topped with candies. However, I had some buttermilk I wanted to use up, so I opted to go with my Chocolate Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes (minus the icing & cherry buttercream) as the building block instead. I love the springy texture of this chocolate cake, and it’s quickly become my go-to recipe for using up leftover buttermilk. I never have complaints when I give away cupcakes to all our neighbors & friends, either! ;-)

To make these oh-so-hot treats, you’ll need the following:

  • 2 dozen cupcakes (or brownies, as the original idea suggests)
  • 1 can store-bought chocolate frosting (omit if using brownies)
  • orange icing sugar
  • 72 pieces Hot Tamales candy
  • black royal icing (piping consistency)

Hot Off the Grill Cupcakes.

As the cupcakes baked, I began to wonder if they wouldn’t look a little funny. After all, brownies bake up with a crusty, flaky top that looks rugged. Cupcakes – especially these! – bake up with perfect little domes. I wasn’t so sure the decoration would like “right” on the plain cupcake surface. Not only that, but what’s a cupcake without frosting?!

Instead, I chose to use a quick can of store-bought (*gasp*) chocolate frosting to jazz up the cakes. (Hey, I still get points for making the cupcakes from scratch, right?) The frosting helped to provide a better sticking surface for the orange icing sugar, too. Speaking of that, the orange sugar might just be my favorite little part of these cupcakes – it *really* does look like coals on a grill!

Hot Off the Grill Cupcakes.

Once I had frosted & sugared all of the cupcakes, I used a bit of black royal icing to pipe grill lines across the surface. As I finished each one, I topped the “grill” with three pieces of Hot Tamales candy. I added tiny grill lines to each candy “hot dog”, and then the cupcakes were finished! From beginning to end, I decorated all two dozen cupcakes in under 20 minutes!

And it’s always nice to have a super-cute, super-EASY decorating idea tucked in your back pocket for a quick treat to take to a lazy summer’s BBQ, right? Right! :-)

Hot Off the Grill Cupcakes.

You could jazz these up even more, too. Try some Hershey’s Chocolate Drops™ to make tiny burgers, or small bits of red & yellow royal icing for ketchup/mustard accents. I can’t wait to do more the next time I make these! :-D


(As an aside, I’m ridiculously proud of the photos in this posting, as every single shot is “SOOC,” or “straight-out-of-camera” with no post-processing at all. *squeee*) I also LOVE these so much that I’m linking up over at Cheryl’s, too!

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22 comments on “Hot Off the Grill Cupcakes.

  1. Kathleen on said:

    These are sooooo too cute!

  2. Cheryl @ That's What Che Said on said:

    Adorable! Super cute and super creative! I love these!

  3. Madigan on said:

    Haha! I love these! Soo cute! (and chocolate cherry coke? Um, yeah, I’m in love!)

    • Nicole on said:

      Thank you, Madigan! I really really really LOVE this particular chocolate cupcake recipe. The coke adds such a nice zing!

  4. Adorable cupcakes!

  5. This was posted on facebook and just had to come see. These cupcakes look so realistic! Well done!

  6. You are a baking super star! Love that you used your own idea to top off these cupcakes. Piping grill lines, using the sugar and then taking it to the next level with the *hot* candy dogs complete with grill marks. These cupcakes should be in Taste of Home!

  7. Charlotte on said:

    Love the new circus cookies and the “easy breezy” dinner recommendation…..would love to try it myself. Getting rain from the hurricane and lots of strong wind, but nothing really bad here.

    Love,
    MOM

  8. donna smith on said:

    I’m making these for this weekend and will use slighty melted tootsie rolls shaped into hamburgers, also thought about crappy pattie candies for the buns!!! I use wilton food markers to make the grill lines.

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  11. Debra Kapellakis on said:

    I love these! They are sssssoooo cute!

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  13. Nicole on said:

    Hi there! I found your site while looking for Father’s Day ideas for my day home kids. We made them today and they turned out great! Thanks!

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