Delicious Campfire Cupcakes (An Easy To Follow Recipe)

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  • 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


  • 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


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