Campfire Cupcakes 

  • Intermediate
Baking Success Or Baking Mess


Candy Flame:

2 cups granulated sugar
⅔ cup Crown corn syrup
¾ cup filtered water
Red & yellow gel food colouring


1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
½ cup whole milk
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Fleischmann's® Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup boiling water

1/2 cup butter OR margarine, softened
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tablespoon Crown® Lily White® Corn Syrup
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 dash salt
3-3/4 cups powdered sugar
2 to 4 tablespoons of milk

Candy flames, to finish (see recipe)
Pretzel sticks, to finish
Marshmallows, to finish


Campfire Flame:

  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. To a saucepan over medium heat stir together the sugar, corn syrup & water until the sugar dissolves. Do not stir after this point.

  3. Add a candy thermometer to the pan. Bring heat to a boil until temperature reaches 240(f) degrees. Add desired food coloring (do NOT stir) & continue cooking until the temperature reaches 280(f) degrees.

  4. Repeat this step to make additional colours. I recommend red & yellow, as the center will naturally turn orange.

  5. Transfer the mixture to a pourable measuring cup & pour a small circle of each colour onto the parchment paper. Using a scriber decorating tool, create the flame. Let harden completely before removing it from the parchment.


  1. Preheat the oven to 350(f) degrees. Line a 12 tin cupcake tray with parchment wrappers.

  2. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the raw sugar, oil, egg, vanilla & milk.

  3. Sift in the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder & salt until well combined.

  4. Slowly pour in the boiling water until a silky smooth batter is formed.

  5. Evenly divide the batter amongst the prepared cupcake tray.

  6. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until the top, bounces back to touch.


  1. Let cool before frosting.

  2. When ready to decorate, pipe with a swirl of chocolate buttercream.

  3. Transfer frosting to a piping bag fitted with a star tip.

  4. Pipe a swirl of buttercream onto each cupcake.

  5. Finish with pretzel sticks as the campfire logs, candy flame as the campfire & a toasted marshmallow if desired.

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