BBQ Coals Cupcakes

Are you ready to BBQ this Summer!? I hope so! These cupcakes are the perfect compliment to a Summer BBQ - a great dessert item after a hamburger or hot dog - yum! 

Here is how you can make these for your next BBQ.  

What you need:  

  • Yellow cake mix
  • Eggs, water and oil (ingredients to make your cake mix; check the box) 
  • White whipped frosting
  • Large marshmallows
  • Black food coloring
  • Red sprinkles
  • Oreo cookies
  • Brown cupcake liners
  • (I also have powdered sugar pictured but I ended up not using it - I was going to sprinkle it on the top of the cupcake 'coals' but I liked it more without the powdered sugar so I left it off - totally up to you) 


  1. Prepare cupcakes according to package directions
  2. Let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting or the frosting will melt off
  3. Crush the Oreo cookies; I did this in a plastic bag and then continued crushing them with a potato masher in a bowl.  
  4. Frost all cupcakes with white frosting
  5. Cut marshmallows in to all different shapes, 1/2 size and 3/4 size are good. I also cut some at an angle.  
  6. Place marshmallows on top of white frosting on cupcakes in various patterns, about three to four marshmallows per cupcake, to resemble coals.  
  7. Put the marshmallow cupcakes in the freezer for about 10 minutes to harden the marshmallows on to the cupcake. Put the cupcakes on a cookie sheet to make this a little easier.
  8. Put the rest of the white frosting in a microwavable bowl. Put a little black food coloring in the bowl and mix it up so it turns gray.  
  9. Microwave the gray frosting for about 25 to 30 seconds until it is soupy.  
  10. Take the marshmallow cupcakes out of the freezer; dip each one in to the gray frosting to coat it down to the brown cupcake liner. Put the cupcakes on a cookie sheet when done to make clean up easier.
  11. While the frosting on the dipped cupcakes is still wet, sprinkle red sprinkles and crushed Oreo cookies over the top of them.  
  12. You can use the extra crushed Oreos to surround the cupcakes for effect when finished.  

Enjoy your BBQ!