Backyard BBQ Cupcakes

These backyard BBQ cupcakes are super cute and easy to make– you don’t have to be a grill master to make them.

I bought colored sugar at the bulk store a couple of weeks ago because it was available in so many colors. I didn’t know what I would use it for, but it looked a lot of fun. The black sugar looked a lot like charcoal, so I thought they would make really cute BBQ cupcakes.

Backyard BBQ Cupcakes


– ready made cupcakes (I used chocolate cupcakes)
– chocolate frosting or butter cream
– “Hot Tamale” Candy
– Caramel Squares
– Multi colored Gummi Worms
– Black sugar, orange sugar, red sugar
– black food color
+ toothpicks


Frost your cupcakes with the chocolate frosting. Reserve 2 tablespoons of frosting, and using a small amount of the black food coloring gel, dye the frosting gray.


Place black sugar in a bowl, and dip the top of the frosted cupcakes in the sugar to fully coat. The black will be the ‘charcoal’ of our BBQ’s.

Sprinkle a little bit of orange and red sugar on top to represent ‘hot’ coals.

Using a parchment triangle or a piping bag to pipe lines across the cupcakes using the gray frosting. These will represent the grill of the BBQ.

Prep the “Meat”:

– Mold the caramels into steaks using. Next, cut the multi-colored gummy worms into small pieces, and skewer them onto a toothpick.
– Dip a toothpick into the black food coloring gel, and draw lines across the candy to make it look like grill marks. Place the finished candies onto the ‘bbq’.


  1. These are adorable! They would have been perfect to make for my dad the grillmaster, maybe next year or for the 4th of July :)

  2. These are looking supercute. Its a wonderful idea to have it in summers !

  3. Great site. Lots of helpful information here. I’m sending it to a few friends ans additionally sharing in delicious. And obviously, thank you in your sweat!

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