mini BBQ grill cupcakes

hey guys, 

here is yet again another recipe I recently foun on pinterest.
and of course it is another cupcake recipe ♥ hahaha I just am in love with making (and of course eating) cupcakes of any kind! I started baking for the very first time about one and a half years ago and ever since I have been addicted to the process of making them, decorating them and eating or sharing them. 

So here is this really cool recipe I found a few weeks ago.

It's called the "MINI BBQ GRILL CUPCAKES" and I found this here via pinterest.
The twobusyblondes who own this blog have awesome recipes on there but this one caught my attention since we were having a neighborhood BBQ 3 weeks ago and I was asked to make some cupcakes. Browsing trough pinterest I randomly saw a picture of these Mini BBQ grill cupcakes and I knew I'd need to make these!

So here we go, starting the baking process, following these insctuctions:

all credits to twobusyblondes.com

I have to say that they tasted incredibly good! I loved them and all the guests were pretty impressed since they hadn't seen my baking before... Sucess! Yeah so as you can see, they even turn out pretty okay if your not a baker or handy crafty kind of person. I must admit that I am not very good at icing and decorating yet. I love the baking and I also love to try new thing decorating my cupcakes but I am not very good at it. I am still practicing and I only started baking a year and a half ago so I guess I am perfect for having a blog like this since I can show you that even normal people who have no experience or talent can do it! ;)

So, for you to also try it, here is my recipe I used for the 

Mini BBQ grill cupcakes (yields 12 cupcakes)

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 and 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 

  • I used a store bought heavy cream substitute for the frosting but you can also just go with this recipe for the

    BBQ grill Frosting and decoration 
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2-3 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tbsp water
  • orange and/or yellow food dye
  • chocolate, melted
  • liquid red food dye
  • Haribo gummy bears
  • 12 toothpicks (or more, if you want to put more on your BBQs)

  • Here we go:

    Preheat your convection oven to 375°F. Line a muffin tin with 12 cupcake liners.

    Over high heat, boil the water in a small pot. Pour the unsweetened cocoa powder into a medium sized bowl and mix with boiling water until smooth. Allow to cool to room temperature by placing in the refrigerator as you prepare the other ingredients. 


    In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

    In a large bowl, using an electric hand or stand mixer, cream the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time. Beat until smooth. Stir in the vanilla extract. 

    Slowly add the flour mixture and beat only until just combined. In a steady stream, add the cooled cocoa mixture and stir until smooth. 


    Fill each muffin tin 3/4 with batter. Bake for about 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. 
    Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack.

    Meanwhile, prepare the BBQ grids. Take the melted chocolate and pipe it into some parchment paper. Try making the circles first, then add horizontal lines. If it helps you, draw circles on a white paper and put it underneath your parchment paper to make conturing easier. Let cool and dry.

    For the frosting, melt the butter and add the water and as much powdered sugar as needed. Stir until you get a think yet fluffy mixture. 

    Divide the frosting into to equal parts and dye one part yellow, one orange.
    Fill both frostings into your frosting pipe and swirl-frost cooled cupcakes. There may be leftover frosting depending how much you use on each cupcake.

    Now, using a thoothpick or your (clean!) fingers, tap the frosting to create the flame effect. Taking another toothpick, add some drips of the liquid red food dye and swirl for the fire effetcs.

    Now add the cooled chocolate BBQ grids and carefully put them on top  of your frosting. Do not push too hard!
    For the "skewers" take the toothpicks and spike as many gummy bears as you wish to have on your BBQ's. Add to your cupcakes et voilĂ ! Let the BBQ party begin!

    xoxo, Vanessa