5 Pull-Apart Cupcake Cakes That Complete a Cookout

Sorry, burgers and potato salad — dessert just became the star of every summer barbecue.

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Photo By: Matt Armendariz

Photo By: Matt Armendariz

Photo By: Matt Armendariz

Photo By: Matt Armendariz

Photo By: Matt Armendariz

Photo By: Matt Armendariz

Go, Ahead. Pull 'Em.

Pull-apart cupcake cakes serve two purposes: 1. The cupcakes easily puzzle together to form any shape you want, no cake-carving required. And 2. There's nothing more satisfying than ripping something gooey apart with your bare hands. Your summer party guests will love these too-cute cakes — but they'll really love destroying them, too.


It'll never replace slices of the fresh stuff, but this cartoonish wedge of cupcakes makes for a pretty complement to all the real fruit on your dessert table.

Get the Recipe: Watermelon Pull-Apart Cupcake Cake

Ice Cream Cone

Some easy frosting techniques (crosshatching for the cone, swirls for the ice cream, and piping for the whipped cream) help this playful dessert come to life — even if you're an amateur decorator.

Get the Recipe: Ice Cream Cone Pull-Apart Cupcake Cake


A tropical-themed party is simply not complete without this cupcake cake! Plus, pineapples are a symbol of hospitality, so this treat is also perfect for a housewarming or summer open house.

Get the Recipe: Pineapple Pull-Apart Cupcake Cake

Hot Dog

We're obsessed with how chopped green gummy bears turn into "relish" for this adorable, Instagrammable cake.

Get the Recipe: Hot Dog Pull-Apart Cupcake Cake

Beach Towel

The stripes on this cake are so satisfying to make — you pipe rows of frosting in alternating colors and use a bench scraper to smooth them together and reveal the beach towel theme. Use any color combo you like, and then pipe on sunglasses, sunscreen and flip-flops to match.

Get the Recipe: Beach Towel Pull-Apart Cupcake Cake

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