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Monday, June 27, 2011

Father's Day Cupcakes

These cupcakes started out due to my father and husband telling me they wanted us to grill out for Father's Day but that neither one wanted to be the one to "man the grill". I being a much better baker than cook, decided to take their desire to have grilled food and turn it into a baked "grilled" good. In the end we decided to go out to eat instead of grilling, but enjoyed these delicious cupcakes after a great meal out.

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together on box of chocolate or Devil's Food cake mix and the a of Sprite. Place liners in a muffin pan  and fill them two thirds full, then bake according to the directions on the box. Let the cupcakes cool.
  2. In a small bowl, mix one or two drops of black food coloring with 1/4 cup white frosting. Transfer the frosting to a ziplock bag and snip a small section from the corner. Pipe grate lines onto each cupcake and let them set for 20 minutes. Add embers with a sprinkle of orange or red sugar.
  3. Prepare the grill food as instructed below and press it in place atop each cupcake.

    Kebabs = A caramel cream and red, yellow, and green Dot candy, cut into small pieces + toothpick skewers

    Pork chop = two thirds of a caramel cream, molded with fingers + black food coloring, applied with a toothpick

    Hot dogs = Red and/or Pink Mike & Ike candy or Hot Tamale candies + black food coloring, applied with a toothpick

    Note: you can substitute black decorating gel (found near the frosting in the grocery store) if you can't find black food coloring.  You can also use a brownie mix instead of a cake mix.