BBQ Chilli Prawn Cupcakes




About: 42 year old bloke from Goulburn who is into golf. And pumps, and irrigation. And Karate. And Collingwood Football Club.

Aussies love to cook prawns on the barbie, or so we are told. This instructable perpetuates this myth. These savoury cupcakes tasted great and were really easy to make, although TBLBITST (The Best Looking Brunette In The Southern Tablelands) was rather undecided about cupcakes that were:
Not sweet
Cooked in a beer can
Cooked by me.

Nonetheless, they were an outstanding success.

Step 1: You Will Need:

3 Eggs
100ml regular or low fat milk
100ml veg or olive oil
175 grams of plain flour
100 grams of grated cheese
1 tablespoon of baking powder
Salt and Pepper
2 Chillis
Lemon zest
150 grams of prawns (shrimp)

6 beer cans, empty
large cupcake cases

Step 2: Lets Do It.

Cook the prawns, on the barbeque of course, and set them aside to cool. Alternatively you can buy precooked prawns. I cooked them with a bit of garlic. When the prawns have cooled, peel them and chop them up. Save a couple to put on top of your creation.

Leave the barbeque on and close the lid so that it heats up to about 150 Degrees Celcius.

Cut six beer cans in half. Trim the daggy bits off. Be careful, they are sharp.

In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk and oil and beat lightly. Add the flour, chillis, chopped prawns and cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir it all together. Gently fold in the baking powder.

Line the beer can halves with large cupcake cases and spoon the mixture in. Place a prawn on top of eavh cupcake and sprinkle a couple of bits of chilli on for looks.

Place the cupcakes in the middle of the barbeque, leaving only the outer burners on. Bake for 1/2 an hour or so. You will know they are done if you stick a skewer into the cupcake. If it comes out clean they are done.

Let them cool down before serving. You could try a squeeze of lemon juice, a dusting of parmesan cheese or some cream cheese on top. Mine didn't last long enough. They go great with a beer.

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    12 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I tried these 2 ways - on an open fire while camping with friends, with the mix in beer cans, and in my oven back at home, in a muffin tin. Unfortunately, it was hard to create constant heat over the fire like on a BBQ, so the muffins cooked nicely, but ended up a little "blackened". The ones in the oven were delicious.

    For anyone who might want to try the oven method, I baked them at 350F for 25 minutes, and made 8 large cupcakes with the same amount of dough.

    Congrats on a great 'ible and a fantastic recipe!

    2 replies
    Chuck USskyisblu

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome work skyisblu. Those are officially the 2nd and 3rd batches ever made. I am still amazed that the recipe worked for me first time. Also that they actually tasted OK. Your cupcakes really look great too. I hope your friends enjoyed them.


    Chuck USChuck US

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Hi Skyisblu,

    amazingly, I cooked your flattened bbq chook last night for my fam. I had to look up the ible to remind myself how to do it but I didnt take any notice of who the author was. Then you pop up in my inbox. I took a look at your profile and, bugger me!, there is last nights dinner. What an amazing coincidence! The bird was great, possibly the best BBQ chook I have ever done. We were probably cooking each others recipe at the same time. It is quite obvious that we both have exceptionally good taste and judgement in these matters. So well done on your ible too!

    All the best,


    Chuck USscoochmaroo

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you Scooch. Multitasking has never been my strong point, but in this case it seems to have come off.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    The beer can molds will fit right in with "Redneck Heaven" BBQ corner of the backyard! (Plus 'needing' to empty the cans is a bonus!) Great idea

    1 reply
    Chuck USpaganwonder

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    It's a tradition mate. A few beers while you set up. A few more beers while the thing cooks. A few more to celebrate your culinary skills. Thanks for having a look.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    CRIKEY MATE! We have a new national dish.
    We can donate the pavlova to New Zealand.

    Bonza work Sport.

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