Next time you fire up the grill for a big cookout, bring these grill cupcakes for a fun summertime treat!
If you walk through my neighborhood on any summer evening, you'll smell fresh cut grass and meat smoking on a grill. Like most folks, during the warmer months we tend to migrate outside to enjoy the beautiful weather and the taste of good food cooked over a fire. Recently we were invited to one of these cookouts and since I was asked to bring dessert, I thought it would be fun to whip up a batch of grill shaped cupcakes to honor this warm weather tradition. Not only do they taste great, they look super cute and are a popular treat for summer parties.
I wanted my cupcakes to be a bit unique, so I sculpted some unusual food using modeling chocolate and tossed them onto my tiny grills. In addition to the hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and steaks, I added some grilled corn on the cob, baked potatoes that look like they were wrapped in aluminum foil, and even pizzas. I love all of these things cooked on a real grill, and they looked especially cute on top of my grill cupcakes!
The first thing you need to do is whip up a batch of cupcakes using Betty Crocker Super Moist Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix.
Then top them with some Betty Crocker Hershey's Milk Chocolate Frosting. Use as little or as much as you like, just smooth it out so you have a nice flat surface for your grill.
I wanted my grills to look like they had a pit filled with flames and charcoal, so I built layers of color to create this effect. I started by coloring my Betty Crocker Rich and Creamy Vanilla Frosting with yellow food coloring. I heated it in the microwave until it was melted so I could easily pour it over my cupcakes. I used crushed chocolate cookies for my coal, and red and orange decorating sugar to create the look of flames.
Each cupcake was topped with some yellow frosting and a sprinkling of cookie crumbs, along with some red and orange sugar.
To make the grill grate, I piped Betty Crocker Black Decorating Cookie Icing over each cupcake. I chose to make a pretty detailed grate by piping a large circle around the edge of the cupcake and adding one line across the circle and several lines going perpendicular to the first line. If you want to make it easier to decorate these, just add a few lines going across each cupcake. Either way, they'll look great for your cookout!
To make the food, I first made a batch of modeling chocolate (you can find my tutorial for How to Make Modeling Chocolate here). I colored the modeling chocolate to look like the food, then sculpted it into hot dogs, hamburger, cheeseburgers, cut pieces of corn on the cob, steaks and pizzas. Then I added grill marks using a black food coloring marker.
To make the cheese-topped pizza, start by making a crust and then brush on some red food coloring to be the sauce. Take a ball of white modeling chocolate and run it over a fine cheese grater. Add that "cheese" to the top of the pizza and add some modeling chocolate pepperoni slices or whatever toppings you'd like.
To make aluminum foil-wrapped baked potatoes, create a potato shape out of modeling chocolate and roll it around on a piece of crumpled up aluminum foil to add some texture. Then combine a small amount of clear vanilla extract with some silver luster dust and paint it onto the modeling chocolate potato to mimic aluminum foil. Allow it to dry completely before adding it to your grill cupcakes.
Use some leftover frosting to attach the food items to each grill cupcake.
And voila! Cute grill cupcakes that are sure to be a hit at your next party!
Beth happily spends her days creating fun food and handmade chocolate, and enjoys sharing step-by-step tutorials with her readers on her blog, Hungry Happenings. Be sure to check out her profile to see all the other festive foods she's made for Tablespoon.com.