Thursday, March 31, 2011

BBQ Cupcakes

When I first told my family I was making BBQ cupcakes for hubby's birthday there was quite a bit of confusion. "Ewww do you mean BBQ flavoured cupcakes???" Hahahaha! No of course not, just cupcakes that a decorated like a BBQ. I first saw these in a Woman's Day magazine. Can't remember which issue and I couldn't find all the lollies they suggested so went to my local Woolies and grabbed an assortment of jelly sweets and made do with them

Woman's Day suggested using a chocolate fudge recipe for the cupcakes so I went with the recipe on the back of the Nestle Baking Cocoa tin.

150g butter
1 cup Nestle Baking Cocoa
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
3/4 cup plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 packet Nestle white choc bits ( I chopped up milk chocolate melts, about 1/2 cup)
1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees. Line base of 27cm x 18cm x 3cm tin with baking paper.
2. Melt butter and stir in Nestle Baking Cocoa, allow to cool slightly. Beat in eggs. Stir in sugar and vanilla.
3. Sift flour and baking powder together. Add to mixture and stir until thoroughly mixed. Stir through Nestle white choc bits. Turn mixture into tin.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 45-50mins or until just firm when pressed in the centre. Leave in tin for 20mins then turn out onto a rack. When cold, cut into bars.

Then my version as cupcakes....
Melt butter
1 cup cocoa

Butter and cocoa mixed

Now for the sugar

Eggs and vanilla essence

Sifted flour and baking powder

Chopped chocolate melts

Bake for around 30mins

Intermission: I was baking at mum's place and before I started I asked whether she had a hand mixer. My aunt pulls this out of the drawers! Ha ha ha!!! I told them I was after an ELECTRIC hand mixer...but ok this will do. Nothing like a bit of elbow grease. How old school.

On to the decorating.

You will need:
Butter cream icing (Woman's Day says you could use black icing gels to make the BBQ grills but I preferred going the extra mile and making the butter cream and tinting it with black food dye)
Black food dye
Snap lock bag
NB: I used about 100g butter and about 35g icing sugar

Pipe strips across the cupcake to create the "grill"

For the embers you will need:
1/2 cup sugar
2-3 drops of red food dye (or you could use red or orange sprinkles)

Place sugar in zip lock bag, drip food dye in, seal bag and shake.
Sprinkle over the cupcakes

To make skewers you will need:
Different coloured jellies

I used gummi bears and chopped them in 3rds - I know it's pretty barbaric!

Skewer them on and bobs your uncle

Steaks - I used coloured marshmellows and sliced them up

Sausage and Egg
Sausages are chocolate bullets
And the egg, well I just got lucky and found these in an assortmant pack along with the gummi bears

Deconstructed hamburger

And the whole lot

Happy birthday Larry! Although you don't always get the steaks cooked to our liking, I still think you are a BBQ King!
Love you!!!!


  1. Aww they are so cute! I love the little details to them. They're the perfect cupcake to take to a BBQ!

  2. Naww I love the mini fried eggs! Such an awesome idea :)

  3. They're fantastic. What a great idea. I'm going to keep this one in the memory bank for my dad's Birthday later in the year.