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red white and blue cupcake on a grill grate

Grilled Cupcakes

Your friends won't believe it when you make them a batch of grilled cupcakes. They're just as easy as baking them in the oven, but so much more fun for the summer.
4 from 8 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 20



  • 1 box cake mix
  • 1 oz box sugar-free instant vanilla pudding
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cups cold water

Buttercream Icing

  • 1 stick Crisco shortening
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Cream Cheese Icing

  • 8 ozs cream cheese
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk


  • Heat the grill to 400F degrees with an area of indirect heat. For my gas grill, I turn 2 the two outside burners to medium and leave the two inner burners off.
  • Mix the cake batter ingredients in a large bowl. Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners. Add cake batter to the liners, filling 3/4 of the way full.
  • Place a pie tin on the grill over the indirect heat. Place the cupcake pan on top of the pie tin, so it's elevated.
  • Close the lid, and grill for 15 minutes. Rotate the pan 180 degrees and grill for another 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the grill and let cool.
  • Mix together the icing ingredients, and pipe the icing onto the cupcakes.


Calories: 270kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 236mgPotassium: 29mgSugar: 33gVitamin A: 50IUCalcium: 59mgIron: 0.6mg
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