The Best Whimsical Campfire Cupcakes

My idea of roughing it is staying at Holiday Inn or Howard Johnson’s…so when I tell you that I am camping for a week, you know it might possibly be under duress. I did agree to the purchase of a pop-up camper and have been watching it eagerly be prepared for our first adventure.

This campfire cupcakes treat is in honor of our adventure…and while I make my cupcakes from scratch, you can easily start with a boxed mix.

Whimsical Campfire Cupcakes

This recipe of mine makes 12 cupcakes

You will need:

  • 1 box of French Vanilla cake mix
  • 1 C whole milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 C unsalted sweet cream butter
  • 1 C graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 C cocoa powder
  • 1 bag of mini pretzel rods
  • 1 bag of mini marshmallows
  • 1 package of toothpicks

Directions for cupcakes:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners
  • In a standing mixer, combine cake mix, butter, milk and eggs and mix on medium speed until combined
  • Scoop batter 3/4 of the way into the cupcake liners and bake for 21 minutes
  • Once done, pull out and set aside to cool

Frosting ingredients:

1 C unsalted sweet cream butter
2 C powder sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3-5 TBSP Heavy whipping cream
yellow and orange gel food coloring
1 large piping bag fitted with a medium star tip


  • Using a standing mixer, combine the butter, powder sugar vanilla and heavy whipping cream.
  • Mix until stiff peaks form
  • Scoop some frosting into 2 bowls, 1 for the yellow and 1 for the orange frosting, leaving some frosting in the main bowl to frost the base of the cupcakes

Directions on decorating

In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crust and coco powder, mix until combined.

Add 2 mini marshmallows to each tooth pick (about 12) and set aside

Using a butter knife, frost the top of the cupcake using frosting left from the main bowl

Once frosted, dip the cupcake into the coco and graham cracker mixture

Using a spoon, scoop some yellow frosting into 1 side of the piping bag and scoop the orange frosting into the other side

In the middle of the cupcake pipe a small star to create your flame

Cut the mini pretzel sticks in half and place around the “fire” about 4-5 sticks

Add your marshmallow sticks to the top and enjoy!

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