Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Bonfire S'more Cupcakes



Still relaxing up north...

Enjoying some s'mores by the bonfire.

 Or how about your s'more on a bonfire on a cupcake!




Listening to stories about my terrible 80's hair.

And savoring every deep belly laugh that 
comes out of my sweetie, Sophia Rose. 



Good times....good times. 

Bonfire Cupcakes
 (Betty Crocker Best Desserts 2011)

(For printable recipe click here!) 

Ingredients for 24 cupcakes:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup water, hot
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 20 individually wrapped red cinnamon hard candy disks (from 7-oz bag), unwrapped
  • 20 individually wrapped yellow butterscotch hard candy disks (from 7-oz bag), unwrapped
  • 60 pretzel sticks, broken in half
  • 48 miniature marshmallows, toasted, if desired
  • 24 toothpicks
  • 7 ounces marshmallow creme
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon lemon-yellow gel food color
Cupcakes: 
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.
     
  2. In medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder; set aside. In small bowl, mix hot water and cocoa until dissolved; set aside.
     
  3. In large bowl, beat shortening with electric mixer on medium speed 30 seconds. Gradually add sugar, about 1⁄4 cup at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping bowl occasionally. Beat 2 minutes longer. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
    On low speed, alternately add flour mixture, about 1⁄3 of mixture at a time, and cocoa mixture, about 1⁄2 at a time, beating just until blended.
     
  4. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each about 2⁄3 full.
     
  5. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pans; place on cooling racks to cool.
Icing: 
  1. Line 15 × 10 × 1-inch pan with foil; spray foil with cooking spray. Place unwrapped cinnamon and butterscotch candies in freezer plastic bag; with hammer or meat mallet, finely crush candies. Pour crushed candies into foil lined pan; spread in thin layer. Bake at 350°F 6 to 8 minutes or until completely melted. Cool completely before handling.
     
  2. Remove lid and foil seal from jar of marshmallow creme. Microwave uncovered on High 15 to 20 seconds to soften. In large bowl, beat marshmallow creme and butter with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Gradually beat in powdered sugar until smooth. Tint frosting with yellow food color. Frost cupcakes.
     
  3. On each cupcake, arrange 5 pretzel pieces to look like logs of campfire. Break cooled sheets of melted candies into pointed shards. Insert candy pieces in tops of cupcakes around pretzels to look like flames.
     
  4. Place 2 marshmallows on one end of each toothpick. Insert other end of toothpick into each cupcake.
SO SO SO CUTE!!!

Linking up to several great parties that can be found HERE including these:

28 comments:

Loren @ The Baking Sheet said...

What a creative idea!! Love 'em!!!

Anjali said...

Ooh very pretty and so creative!

Lark (SparkyLarky)@ Lark's Country Heart said...

Love these! Made me want to start sing camp songs!

lisa said...

Cute, cute, cute Miss Trish! I want one this very minute. Correction, I want two this minute! You never cease to amaze me with your cupcakery.
Hugs,
Lisa

The Vanilla Bean Baker said...

Belly laughs are the best and so contagious when erupting from precious little bellies. The cupcakes are adorable. Enjoy your time up North.

(Isn't it funny when we recall the *old* days when we thought we looked so cool and really were the furthest thing from it ;))

Lark (SparkyLarky)@ Lark's Country Heart said...

So glad you linked these cuties up to "Made it on Monday"!

Notes from the Homestead said...

Hope you are relaxing and having fun! Triple love the fire on the top of the cupcakes!!

Kathryn Ross said...

A winner of a cupcake, to be sure! Looks delicious - chocolate cake is my favorite. But - what a gift to design and successfully make such a yummy!
Joy!
Kathy

MrsFoxsSweets said...

Love these! I plan to make them for our wedding anniversary this year!

kitty said...

Oh my gosh, Your cupcakes are adorable!!! You make FUN food & happy memories!!

Lady Linda said...

How do you keep coming up with these amazing things! SO fun to ready your blog.
Lady Linda

Pabkins said...

I love looking at your delicious treats whenever you make a new post. I have to admit that these particular ones ...the logs make me think of something else. Very creative though! love the fire!

♥ Miss Tea said...

as usual, you always blow me away with your cupcake creations! looks like you have a great time and i just imagining u with 80s hair hehe, enjoy the s'mores cupcakes!! x susan

GardenofDaisies said...

These are too fun!! Can't you just imagine the oohs and aahs if these were served to a girlscout troupe?

laurie said...

These are just way too cute!

sugarswings said...

these are so cool!!!

Amy J. and Tiffanie A. said...

AWESOME!!!! Such a great idea!!!

We just started following you!!

Love,

http://chickswholovetoeat.blogspot.com/

Beth @ Hungry Happenings said...

Love the decoration on your cupcakes. They look great!

Hilary @ Cupcake Avenger said...

These are so ridiculously adorable! What a cute idea and thanks for sharing!

The Weekend Artist said...

What a work of art...and yummy too!

Mary said...

Such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing :)

Lora said...

These are just beyond adorable. They made me smile. Love them!

Chic Cookies said...

These are so super duper awesome. Gotta post a link on edible crafts.

Mindie Hilton said...

These look amazing, thanks for linking up at Bacon Time.

Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

I featured you this week at my Hookin Up with HoH party!

Feel free to stop by and grab a button if you'd like!

xoxo

Allison @ House of Hepworths

Angela McRae said...

How very clever! And they sound delicious, too, which is just the icing on the (cup)cake!

Stuff and Nonsense said...

just a note to tell you that i'm featuring your sweet cupcakes on fridays unfolded this week!

alison

Kim @ Party Frosting! said...

Super cute and creative! Definitely will pass it along to my readers for a camping theme!

hugs! Kim @ Party Frosting!

 
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