These grill cupcakes are easy to put together and perfect for your next backyard bbq or Father's Day celebration!
Grill Cupcakes
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Course: Cupcakes
Servings: 12
Author: Meaghan | Cook. Craft. Love.
For the Cupcakes:
  • 2 cups ½ flour
  • cup ¾ cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • cup ¾ vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 egg white
For the Frosting:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 cups ½ powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbs vanilla
  • in Gel food coloring red and orange
For the Grill Decorations:
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips melted
  • Starbursts or other gummy candies
  • Toothpicks
For the Cupcakes:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. Whisk together vegetable oil, vanilla extract, milk, and egg white until just foamy. Do not over mix!
  3. Add dry ingredients into wet and mix until just combined, scraping down sides of the bowl with a spatula.
  4. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners and fill cups ⅔ full.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
For the Frosting:
  1. Cream together butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla until smooth.
  2. Divide dough in half and color one half red and one half orange.
  3. Add each color to a large piece of plastic wrap and wrap tightly. Add both bundles of frosting to a large piping bag fitted with a Wilton tip 1M.
  4. Pipe into cupcakes in a flat circle.
For the Grill Decorations:
  1. Pipe a circle of chocolate (I made a circle template by tracing the edge of a glass that was about the right size for my cupcakes) onto parchment paper and add cross lines to create a grill.* Allow to set.
  2. Cut starbursts in quarters or other gummy candies into small pieces and carefully push each piece onto a toothpick.
  3. Once grill grates have set add them to the top of your cupcakes and place candy skewers on top.
Recipe Notes
*Make sure your chocolate lines are thick enough to hold shape on top of the cupcake. I found mine were a bit too thin