Okay, this post might be a little late, seeing as how it is a frozen tundra in many parts of the country, but last night it was 68 degrees here – the perfect temperature for a bonfire.
My Aunt and Uncle (somewhat) recently moved to West Virginia from Alabama. Since the move they have made a point to host semi regular get-togethers. My favorite is when they throw a bonfire party.
My Aunt and Uncle have a big fire pit outside their home. It’s in a great spot that backs up to a corn field. They supply the ambiance and booze while the rest of the family brings the food. I always bring dessert. And in the spirit of that evening’s bonfire I made Campfire Cupcakes.
These cupcakes are pretty easy to assemble and definitely not as intimidating as they look. You probably even have most of the ingredients on hand. If not, then a quick trip to the dollar store is all you need.
The “logs” are made from pretzel sticks. Just pile up a few on top of each cupcake, like a tiny bundle of sticks.
The “flames” are made from hard candy. Just crush up red, yellow, and orange candies, spread them out on a baking sheet and bake until they melt together. Then all you have to do is break it up into slivers and place around your “logs”.
The final piece is the stick with toasted marshmallows. Your “stick” is just a toothpick with a couple mini marshmallows skewered. I toasted my marshmallows with a blow torch I use for crème brulee, but this step is entirely optional. Be sure to warn everyone about the toothpick holding the marshmallows – you don’t want anyone to choke.
As for the cupcakes themselves, you can use any cupcake recipe or even boxed cakemix. I used a chocolate cake recipe that I spiked with Bailey’s. 🙂
Needless to say, these cupcakes were a huge hit.
- 24 cupcakes
- Yellow-tinted frosting
- 40 red, yellow, and orange hard candies
- 60 pretzel sticks, broken in half
- 48 mini marshmallows
- 24 toothpicks
- Bake cupcakes according to your favorite recipe or cake mix instructions. Ice with your favorite icing (tinted yellow).
- Meanwhile, line 15x10-inch pan with foil; spray foil with cooking spray. Place unwrapped red, orange, and yellow hard candies in a large plastic bag. Using a hammer or meat mallet, finely crush candies. Pour crushed candies into pan; spread in thin layer. Bake at 350°F 6 to 8 minutes or until completely melted. Cool completely before handling.
- On each cupcake, arrange 5 pretzel pieces to look like logs of campfire. Break cooled sheets of melted candies into pointed shards. Insert candy pieces in tops of cupcakes around pretzels to look like flames.
- Place 2 marshmallows on one end of each toothpick. Insert other end of toothpick into each cupcake.