Did you know that today is National Chocolate Cupcake Day? Yes, that’s actually a thing – and that’s a beautiful thing, I might add.
It’s the perfect excuse to bake a batch of warm, fresh-from-the-oven chocolate cupcakes made with Classy Chocolate Pound Cake Mix. (All you add is butter and water!) But what if you want to make them a little extra special? Try this cute cupcake recipe, inspired by cozy fall campfires – perfect for autumn entertaining or a fun weekend activity with your little campers!
Easy as 1-2-3: Cute Campfire Cupcakes
Here’s how to make yours, complete with step-by-step photos. You can also see the full recipe here »
Step 1: Bake & Frost Your Cupcakes
Let’s get baking! Preheat your oven to 350°F. Combine Classy Chocolate Pound Cake Mix with 1 cup water and ¾ cup melted butter as directed on the package. Pour the batter into 12 muffin tins with paper liners, and bake 25-30 minutes.
Cool and frost cupcakes with canned chocolate frosting. (I personally love the whipped variety!)
Step 2: Add “Firewood”
For your “logs,” grab about 12 chocolate-hazelnut rolled wafers (e.g., Pirouette® cookies). Break each one into 3-4 pieces, and arrange them on the top of each cupcake in a little tee-pee shape like this:
Step 3: Add “Flames”
Now the best part! Preheat your oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Unwrap about 12 hard red and yellow candies, and spread them out on the parchment, at least an inch apart. (I used cherry Jolly Rancher® candies and butterscotch discs.) Bake 7 minutes or until melted and bubbly.
Remove from the oven, and quickly swirl the colors together using a skewer or toothpick, flicking the outer edges.
Let it harden 5-10 minutes, and then break it into small pieces.
Arrange the candy shards on top of the cupcakes to resemble flames. And … ta-da!
Aren’t they adorable? For an extra touch, serve ‘em with mini marshmallows skewered onto toothpicks to resemble miniature roasting sticks. (You can even use a culinary torch to roast them if you’re feeling fancy.)
Happy National Chocolate Cupcake Day, my friends … here’s to getting a little campy!
BONUS IDEA: CHOCOLATE THANKSGIVING CUPCAKES
P.S. Looking for another fun way to dress up your Classy Chocolate Pound Cake cupcakes? Here’s a kid-friendly idea, perfect for your little turkeys!
- Simply top cooled cupcakes with canned chocolate frosting, and tip them onto their sides.
- Cut a slit down the center, and insert a Nutter Butter® cookie into each cupcake.
- Insert a sliced almond for the beak and a small piece of red Fruit Roll-Up® for the turkey wattle.
- Add candy corns around the edge of each cupcake as tail feathers.
- For eyes, break off the tips of a couple extra pieces of candy corn, and dab them on with a dot of frosting. Even your grown-up guests will gobble ‘em up!