Delicious Campfire Cupcakes (An Easy To Follow Recipe)

Delicious Campfire Cupcakes (An Easy To Follow Recipe)

Wow your friends and family with this tasty dessert the next time you’re camping! These campfire cupcakes are sure to surprise everyone at the campfire or serve them at your next summer bbq gathering as a fun summer treat.

campfire cupcakes

Campfire Cupcakes

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Your friends and family will be delighted to see what a fun summer treat you have made for them. The best part about this summer-themed cupcake idea is how easy it is to make. I just used a boxed cake mix for my cupcakes, baking the batter in dark cupcake liner-filled cupcake pans (muffin tins) and then decorating them into a fun summer treat. If you have a favorite cupcake recipe, then by all means – go for it!

Make-Ahead and Storage:

How Far in Advance can I make these cupcakes?

Make these cupcakes up to 2 days in advance

Store these campfire cupcakes covered at room temperature for up to 2 days – you can use a cupcake container or cover loosely with plastic wrap or foil

Substitutions and Variations:

Cupcake Flavor: use any cupcake flavor that you like. I used chocolate to imitate the color of dirt, but nobody will notice if you wanted to change that to vanilla, or yellow cupcake

Logs or Sticks for the cupcake: I used cream-filled wafers. To me, they look perfectly like wood. They even have different shading and the chocolate has brown in the center. You can however substitute mini pretzel sticks for a smaller stick or pretzel rods for logs

Marshmallows: I used mini marshmallows to represent cooking marshmallows over a bonfire. It’s up to you if you want to roast your marshmallows on a toothpick in your with your gas oven flame or not. I liked the added touch, but it is not necessary

Frosting Tips and Tricks for a Campfire Cupcake:

  • make sure the cupcakes have cooled completely, you can set them on a cooling rack or simply place them on a protected surface on your countertop to cool – away from the heat of the oven
  • use vanilla or cream cheese frosting and color it orange with food coloring
  • a star tip fitted to a piping bag provides a great texture and some definition to the frosting

coloring the frosting:

  • for a fun twist, divide the frosting into 2 bowls and color one orange and one yellow – place the 2 colors separately on both sides of the piping bag. When you squeeze the orange frosting and yellow frosting out they will blend a little but will also create a fun ombre effect showing each color individually as it blends together
  • another frosting idea is to color the frosting orange, but add a little bit of red food coloring inside the piping bag (near the bottom where the frosting will come out). Just smear a little bit on each side. As the frosting comes out it should pick up some of the red for a fun flame effect

Thickening your Frosting: 

(buttercream frosting)

If you are making your own buttercream frosting, then you’ll probably be mixing that in a standing mixer or electric mixer. If you find that your frosting is too thin –

  • You can thicken buttercream frosting by simply refrigerating it so the butter has a chance to harden, by adding more softened butter to the mixture, or by adding powdered sugar as a thickening agent

(Store-bought frosting)

  • If the room temperature is too warm, you might find that your frosting has thinned out. You can pop it into the refrigerator to thicken up or add powdered sugar to thicken it up a bit more

What type of occasion would you serve a Bonfire Cupcake or Campfire Cupcake?

  • camping trips – place these fun desserts in a cupcake carrier and surprise everyone around the campfire with these special treats
  • for family time in the backyard around a bonfire pit
  • at summer BBQs or potlucks
  • the Fourth of July party
  • at the lakehouse (if you’re lucky enough to have one)
  • just for a fun treat – anytime

Are you ready to make these fun Summer Cupcakes? Let’s make sure you have everything you’ll need: 

Ingredients: 

  • Prepared Cupcakes baked in cupcake liners – chocolate preferred because of the brown color
  • vanilla or cream cheese frosting
  • orange food coloring (or mix red and yellow together to get orange) to make orange frosting
  • piping bag fitted with a star tip
  • cream filled wafers
  • mini marshmallows
  • toothpicks

How do you decorate Campfire Cupcake?

Grab the printable below with the full instructions

  • pipe the frosting out onto the cupcake making a circle and adding more layers until you get a tall peak at the top
  • break wafers into 3-4 logs
  • place them around the frosting standing up and leaning on each other
  • push 2-3 mini marshmallows onto a toothpick and push the bottom of the toothpick into the cupcake sticking out at an angle

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Delicious Campfire Cupcakes (An Easy To Follow Recipe)

  • Author: Melissa
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25-30 minutes
  • Total Time: 57 minute
  • Yield: 18 cupcakes

Ingredients

  • Prepared Cupcakes baked in cupcake liners – chocolate preferred because of the brown color
  • vanilla or cream cheese frosting
  • orange food coloring (or mix red and yellow together to get orange) to make orange frosting
  • *fun frosting color ideas and tips are below
  • piping bag fitted with a star tip
  • cream filled wafers
  • mini marshmallows
  • toothpicks

Instructions

  • pipe the frosting out onto the cupcake making a circle and adding more layers until you get a tall peak at the top
  • break wafers into 3-4 logs
  • place the broken pieces of wafer around the frosting standing up and leaning on each other
  • push 2-3 mini marshmallows onto a toothpick and push the bottom of the toothpick into the cupcake sticking out at an angle
  • *optional – carefully toast your toothpick marshmallows over a small flame from a gas oven before using them as decorations

Notes

Frosting Tips and Tricks for a Campfire Cupcake:

  • make sure the cupcakes have cooled completely, you can set them on a cooling rack or simply place them on a protected surface on your countertop to cool – away from the heat of the oven
  • use vanilla or cream cheese frosting and color it orange with food coloring
  • a star tip fitted to a piping bag provides a great texture and some definition to the frosting

coloring the frosting:

  • for a fun twist, divide the frosting into 2 bowls and color one orange and one yellow – place the 2 colors separately on both sides of the piping bag. When you squeeze the orange frosting and yellow frosting out they will blend a little but will also create a fun ombre effect showing each color individually as it blends together
  • another frosting idea is to color the frosting orange, but add a little bit of red food coloring inside the piping bag (near the bottom where the frosting will come out). Just smear a little bit on each side. As the frosting comes out it should pick up some of the red for a fun flame effect

Thickening your Frosting: 

(buttercream frosting)

If you are making your own buttercream frosting, then you’ll probably be mixing that in a standing mixer or electric mixer. If you find that your frosting is too thin –

  • You can thicken buttercream frosting by simply refrigerating it so the butter has a chance to harden, by adding more softened butter to the mixture, or by adding powdered sugar as a thickening agent

(Store-bought frosting)

  • If the room temperature is too warm, you might find that your frosting has thinned out. You can pop it into the refrigerator to thicken up or add powdered sugar to thicken it up a bit more

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