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Campfire Cupcakes

  • Author: Stephanie Pass
  • Prep Time: 65
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 18 cupcakes 1x


Having a camping party? These Campfire Cupcakes are the perfect treat to celebrate!




  • 1 box of Chocolate cake mix
  • Water, vegetable oil, and eggs (back of cake mix box)

Chocolate Frosting


Flame Frosting



  • Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Prepare cupcake pan with brown cupcake liners.
  • Make cake mix as directed on box for cupcakes.
  • Fill cupcake liners 3/4’s full.
  • Bake for length of time as directed on the back cake mix box.
  • Remove from oven.
  • Set aside to cool completely.

Chocolate Frosting

  • With an electric mixer add the butter on medium speed and beat for 1 minute.
  • Add in the powdered sugar and cocoa powder 1 cup at a time.
  • Continue to mix until well combined.
  • Add the heavy whipping cream and vanilla extract.
  • Mix on medium-high speed until the mixture is fluffy.
  • Frosting should be a light dirt color.
  • Scoop the frosting into the piping bag with star tip.
  • Frost the cupcake with a thin swirl of light dirt chocolate frosting by starting at the center of the cupcake working out ward.¬† Do not the frost to the edge of the cupcake.

Decorating the Cupcakes

  • Put single rock candies in place as the foundation for the bonfire.
  • Allow the tootsie rolls to soften.
  • Roll each tootsie roll in the shape of campfire logs — 3 per cupcake.
  • Crisscross the logs to build the foundation of the campfire.

Flame Frosting

  • Using an electric mixer combine all ingredients and mix on medium speed.
  • Mix until you see stiffed peaks in your frosting.
  • Once the frosting is done split it into 3 bowls.
  • Add about 2-4 drops of each color:
    • Add the Red food coloring to the first bowl.
    • Add the Yellow food coloring to the second bowl.
    • Add the Orange food coloring to the third bowl.
  • Stir to mix each color throughout the entire bowl of frosting.
  • Scoop the red frosting onto one side of the piping bag with the round tip.
  • Scoop the yellow frosting onto another side of the piping bag holding the red frosting.
  • Scoop the orange frosting onto the the third side of the piping bag holding the red and yellow frosting.
  • Squeeze the open end of the piping bag to push the frosting to the tip.
  • Pipe a dollop of this frosting onto the center of the tootsie roll campfire logs to make a flame.

Jolly Rancher Candy Flame

  • Pour the red, yellow, and orange jolly ranchers into a plastic zipper baggie.
  • Using a hammer break the jolly rancher candies into smaller pieces.
  • Heat the oven to 275 F degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Spread the crushed candy jolly ranchers over the parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake at 275 F degrees for about 5-6 minutes. (check early to make sure the candy doesn’t burn.)
  • Take out of the oven once the candy has melted.
  • Allow to cool completely.
  • Using a hammer to gently break the candy into shards.
  • Place the shards into the frosting flame.
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: american

Keywords: camping cupcakes, fire cupcakes, bonfire cupcakes, camp fire cupcakes

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