News Flash – These Gummy Bear Grillin Cupcakes are one of the 2016 Fryeburg Fair Green Ribbon Winner (click to see pic of all winners) at the Parent Child Baking Competition!
After living in Maine for the past 19 years, this is the first year that I decided to enter a few of their baking competitions. The first one that we (my granddaughter Autumn) entered was the Parent Child Baking Competition. You could bake anything, as long as you incorporated gummy candies. Autumn and I came up with these delicious Gummy Bear Grillin Cupcakes for her entry. Here’s a picture of her holding one of her cupcakes after we finished making them, and the Fryeburg Fair pamphlet.
We were both so excited about entering and was up late the night before getting our Gummy Bear Grillin Cupcakes ready for the competition. Needless to say, neither one of us got very much sleep. I think our nerves were just a little on edge and you know how excitement can keep sleep at bay. So we just stayed up and chatted about how much fun we were going to have the next day.
I was so afraid Autumn would be disappointed if she didn’t win, sooOn our way to the fair we talked about not winning and how you shouldn’t be disappointed if you didn’t win. My loving granddaughter turn in her sit and said “Grammie, if we don’t win it’s ok because we are already winners, because we decided to enter! Then in the same breath she whispers – it would really be nice if we could! Out of the mouths of children! I’ve never been so proud of her as I was at that moment. She is really growing up into such a beautiful young woman, on the inside as well as the outside.
Not only are these Gummy Bear Grillin Cupcakes pretty simple to make, but their a lot of fun too! Especially when it comes to putting the frosting and skewered gummy bears and worms on the top! If you could of heard the noises coming out of my kitchen when Autumn was sticking the tooth pick through them. It was just way too funny!
When it came time for the judging Autumn became extremely excited and nervous because there were a lot of other children that entered as well. You should of seen some of the entries! They were amazing! I couldn’t believe it when she one. Her face was priceless! Too bad I didn’t have my camera to take her picture. I think I was just as excited if not more than she was. This is a day that will go down in the “Grammie Memory Book” forever. I don’t think she will ever forget her first time entering a fair competition. Here’s a picture of her with her accepting her ribbon from the judges for her Gummy Bear Grillin Cupcakes.
- 1 cup – Oat Flour
- 1 cup – Bob’s Red Mills 1 to 1 Gluten-Free Flour
- 1 tsp – Xanthum Gum – if you are using flour that already has this, please omit
- ½ tsp – Baking Powder
- 1 tsp – Baking Soda
- Pinch of Sea Salt – optional
- ¼ cup – Seltzer Water
- ¼ cup – Gummy Worms
- ¾ cup – Coconut Oil – melted and cooled
- 2/3 cup – Sugar
- ½ cup – Buttermilk
- 2 – Eggs
- 2 tsp – Pure Vanilla
- 15 – Gummy Bears - each bear slice into 3 pieces
- 1 8oz – Cream Cheese – room temp
- ¼ cup – Butter – room temp
- 1 ½ tsp – Pure Vanilla
- ½ tsp – Butter Extract
- 16 oz – Powder Sugar
- Pastry Bag with Large Tip
- 1 – package – Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate Melting Wafers – or chocolate of your choice
- Parchment Paper
- Pastry Bag with small tip
- 26 – Gummy Bears
- 13 – Gummy Worms – cut in half
- 26 - Toothpicks
- Cupcake pan and liners
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In small cooking pot heat seltzer to a low simmer, add gummy worms and simmer until melted. Set aside to cool.
- In small bowl combine – flours, baking powder, baking soda, xanthum gum, and salt. Set aside until needed.
- In large bowl with hand mixer beat – sugar, buttermilk, eggs, gummy seltzer water, and vanilla. Add dry ingredients slowing and beat until just combined.
- Scoop into prepared pan and drop 3 pieces of the sliced gummy bears into each cupcake liner. Bake for 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove and transfere to cooling rack. Cool completely before adding frosting.
- While cupcakes cool, start your frosting – In large bowl cream together cream cheese and butter until creamy. Beat in vanilla and butter extract. Slowly add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. Once combined, divide frosting into 2 bowls. Add red food color until desired shade to one and then add 5 drops of red and 12 drops of yellow to the other bowl to make orange frosting. Put frosting in pasty bag by ¼ cup intervals of red and orange. This will make the frosting come out with the 2 colors twisted. Frost cupcakes.
- Place parchment paper on sheet pan. Use a canning lid to outline 15 circles. Melt chocolate in a double boiler on the stove top until creamy. Pour into prepared pastry bag with a small tip. Squeeze chocolate on circles that you put on the parchment paper. Draw lines across each as well to make it look like a grill. Allow to dry and set before putting on top of frosting.
- Stick toothpick through 2 gummy bears and another toothpick through half of a gummy worm. Set aside until needed.
- To Assemble Gummy Bear Grillin Cupcakes – Frost each cupcake, lay a chocolate grill on-top of frosting, add one gummy worm skewer and one gummy bear skewer on top of chocolate grill. Now you can serve up the smiles.
No matter if you’re making this recipe for a competition, birthday, family gathering, or just because you want to have some fun with your family in the kitchen, these Gummy Bear Grillin Cupcakes are sure going to bring out the smiles on everyone’s face. There is nothing like getting you child or grandchild into the kitchen and building loving memories that they will remember forever. Being in the kitchen with someone you love and creating new things, will bring joy and laughter to everyone’s heart, and there is nothing sweeter than creating things in the kitchen with your family.
From my kitchen to yours,
Looking for another deliciously fun dish to make with your family? Try my Toasted Marshmallow Chocolate Cupcakes.