Father’s Day is right around the corner (June 19, to be exact), and this year, you should make Dad something he will love — like, say, these Father's Day cupcakes. Homemade gifts are always extremely thoughtful as you have to put more time and effort into them. Of course, store-bought ones are great and sometimes necessary, depending on the occasion, but in my experience, I have noticed there is nothing a parent loves more than a gift from the heart.
These adorable cupcakes are the perfect gift for Dad. They taste incredible, are super fun to make, and maybe you can even give Dad the gift of baking with you by dedicating a day for you two to create these together. Plus, you're mimicking one of your favorite summer activities to do with Dad: grilling! The full recipe for the chocolate cupcakes, as well as step by step tips for decorating them, can be found here.
For the cupcake toppers you’ll need: Hot Tamales (to resemble hot dogs), Milk Duds (to resemble steak), and gummy bears (to resemble skewers). Additionally, you’ll need toothpicks for the skewers, and an edible black marker to draw “grill” lines on the hot dogs and steak.
For the grills themselves, I topped these cupcakes with crushed red sprinkles (simply pour some out onto a cutting board and with the back of a spoon, press down onto them until they are crushed) to resemble the fire under the grill. Next, I melted chocolate chips (roughly 1/2 cup) and stirred until smooth. Once smooth, I put them in a plastic bag and cut a very tiny hole in one bottom corner of the bag (a piping bag will work too). From there I used the bag of chocolate as a frosting bag, and drew out a circle with lines across it to resemble the grill. Make sure the lines across are connected to the ends of the circle.
I placed the parchment paper with chocolate on it in the fridge for one hour, and then carefully popped them off the paper and topped them on the sprinkled cupcakes. The final step is to draw lines on the steak and hot dogs, and cut the gummy bears in half and place them on skewers. Top all of those on your grills, and you’re all set!
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