BBQ-Themed Cupcakes: Pie

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Clever.  A dessert disguised as a dessert.  And a fun addition to my BBQ-themed cupcakes.

For “Pie” cupcakes, you’ll need:

– Cupcakes (any kind will do)
– Silver cupcake wrappers
– Buttercream frosting, dyed brown
– Smarties

Decorating “Pie” Cupcakes:

1. Whip up some cupcakes and bake them according to the recipe directions.  Any kind will do.  I suggest using silver cupcake wrappers (as they look more like little pie-tins).

2. While those cupcakes are cooling, mix buttercream frosting according to the recipe directions.  Add yellow and red food colouring, and 1 drop of blue to turn a brown sort of colour.

3. Divide frosting into 3 parts.  Leave 1 part in a bowl.  Put 1 part in a ziploc bag, and the last part in a separate ziploc bag.  Cut a small corner off of one of the bags with icing.  For the last bag with icing, either insert a decorative icing tip and cut the corner off OR just cut a larger corner off of the bag.

4. Frost cupcakes with some of the frosting from the bowl, just using a butterknife or similar.

5. Using bag with a decorative tip OR just larger corner cut off, frost around the perimeter of the cupcake.

6. Arrange smarties on top of cupcakes.

7. Lastly, pipe finer crisscrossing lines over top of the smarties using the bag of icing with the smaller tip cut off.


BBQ-Themed Cupcakes: Corn on the Cob

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You can’t have a proper BBQ without a vegetable of some sort, so to accompany the slider cupcakes I also made these “corn on the cob” decorated cupcakes.

For “Corn on the Cob” Cupcakes, you’ll need:

– Cupcakes (I recommend using a white or yellow cake mix, but any kind will do)
– Yellow cupcake wrappers
– Buttercream frosting, dyed yellow
– Yellow and cream-coloured miniature jelly beans
– Corn holders for decoration

Decorating “corn on the cob” cupcakes:

1.   Bake cupcakes according to recipe directions.  I recommend using yellow cupcake wrappers to bake them in.

2. Mix buttercream frosting according to recipe directions, and add yellow food colouring to turn the frosting to a “corn” appropriate colour.

3. Frost the cooled cupcakes with a generous amount of yellow frosting (just using a spatula or butterknife, as it doesn’t need to be pretty because you’ll be covering it up anyway),  Then immediately arrange yellow and cream coloured miniature jelly beams on the iced cupcakes in lines.

4. Stick corn holders in the sides for added effect, if desired.  I wouldn’t recommend trying to use them to actually eat the cupcakes though, as that could get a bit messy.  Enjoy!


BBQ-Themed Cupcakes: Sliders

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We celebrated a milestone birthday recently in our home.  Instead of heading out somewhere, we decided to capitalize on the nice weather, invite a few people over, and have a BBQ at home.   Of course no birthday party is quite complete without cake!  And what more fitting for a BBQ, than BBQ-themed cupcakes… I came across a photo of the idea from a general ‘cupcake ideas’ google search, and I’m not actually sure who specifically to give credit to for it… Google is great for inspiration though!

For “Slider” Cupcakes you’ll need:

– Chocolate cake (like this one)
– Yellow cake
– Buttercream frosting, 1 part dyed red (think ‘Tomato’), and 1 part dyed yellowy/orange (think “Cheese”)
– Coconut with green food colouring (think “Lettuce”)
– Ziploc bags to use for decorating

Assembling your “Sliders”:

1. Bake chocolate cupcakes according to the recipe.  {I would recommend not using a full recipe, unless you are feeding tonnes of people, or you can eat an unhealthy amount of chocolate cupcake yourself before they reach their ‘best before’ date… }.  Bake those cupcakes in cupcake wrappers of some sort; the wrapper doesn’t need to be fancy because you’re going to rip it off anyway.  I suggest doing it this way, because it looks a bit more realistic.  Oh, and only fill the cupcake wrapper about 25% full… and note, that the cooking time should be adjusted because they’re thinner than the average cupcake.

2. Bake yellow cupcakes according to the recipe (I’ll post a good recipe that I’ve used soon).  For these, I don’t recommend using cupcake wrappers.  Instead, grease your muffin tin well; when you take them out (which isn’t necessarily easy), they look more like hamburger buns.  Do what I forgot to, and sprinkle a few sesame seeds on the top BEFORE baking (if you try it afterwards, they don’t stick).

3.  Once everything is out of the oven and cooled.  Get out your coconut (you don’t need very much per slider).  Add a 2-3 drops of green food colouring and mix in with a fork.  Voila, “lettuce”.

4. Whip up your buttercream frosting and divide into 2 bowls.  Colour one of them tomatoey red with food colouring, and the other cheesy yellow/orange.  Spoon those frostings into separate Ziploc bags, and cut a small piece of one corner off- now you’re ready to assemble.  Or I suppose, if you’re one of those fancy types, put your frosting into a designated piping bag, and select a somewhat wide tip to use.

5.  Now the fun part, slice those yellow cupcakes in half.  Pipe some yellow/orange frosting around the bottom you just cut.  Place the chocolate cupcake layer.  Then pipe the red frosting, sprinkle with green coconut, and top with the other half of your yellow cupcake.  Sliders.