In honor of Movember, C&C Cakery is holding The Manly Cupcake Challenge (and has started a donation team), to bring awareness of prostate cancer to the blogosphere. It's a great way for gals like myself to contribute, despite our inability to grow a mo'. The challenge: make a manly cupcake, in flavor or in decoration.
Here's how this cupcake is manly: 1) Beer (flavor), 2) Football, 3) BBQ Grill (meat!), 4) Lack of frilly liners, 5) Matcha (bitterness to tamper down on frosting sweetness), 6) Nature colors, and 7) Fire (the closest I could get to an explosion).
Cool right? I think the grill cookies would also be great for a BBQ or a 4th of July party. And, of course, these cupcakes would be great for the Superbowl, with the footballs decorated with your team's colors. So now that you're acquainted with Movember, if you have to time, read up more about it and donate.
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P.S. My friend mentioned that I should do something school spirit-y in this post, so I made some Cal football cake bites as well :) (see below).
green colored frosting (ex. matcha frosting recipe below or vanilla frosting tinted with green food coloring)
BBQ grill cookies (recipe below)
football cake bites (recipe below)
black sesame powder
Melt white chocolate. Add a bit of black sesame powder until it is desired shade of gray. Place the chocolate in a piping bag. On a sheet of parchment paper, pipe out 3 cm lines of chocolate for the grill legs.
Pipe out thinner, smaller 1-2cm lines for the bottom rungs of the grill. While waiting for them to dry, add the handles to the grill bowl cookies by piping 2 small lines on opposite sides of the cookies. Spread a thin layer of the green frosting on each of your cupcakes.
Once the chocolate is dry, take three of the chocolate legs and stick them into the icing of a cupcake. Squeeze some chocolate onto the cookie and the legs and balance the cookie on the grill legs, waiting for it to dry. Then, with chocolate, "glue" on the smaller grill rungs.
matches or a lighter
Soak the sugar cube in a little bit of lemon extract (only a few seconds or else it will dissolve, btw, vanilla extract does not work :(, I tried). Trim down the sugar cube with a knife until it can fit in the cookie grill bowl. Take the white chocolate grill top off the cookies and place the sugar cube in the grill. Light the sugar cube on fire with a lighter or matches. When done, blow on the cube to put the flame out. Remove the sugar cube and enjoy.
If the sugar cube has melted onto the cookie, I'd advise you not to eat the cookie anymore. And be careful, do not do this on a flammable surface or near explosive substances.
black food coloring
round cookie cutter (1 3/4-2 inches)
Take 3x3 inch pieces of foil and scrunch them into small balls (not too tightly or they'll be impossible to remove later). Spray them with nonstick spray and set aside. Make the dough, tinting it with black food coloring. Roll out the dough between two pieces of plastic wrap to 1/16-1/8" thick and use a round cookie cutter to cut out the dough.
Scrunch and shaped the dough circles it into domes, smoothing out the folds. Lightly place the dough domes on the foil balls. Place on a baking sheet. Bake the cookies in the oven for 12 minutes. Take them out and let them cool on the sheet. Once cool, carefully remove the foil balls from the dome shaped cookies so you have hollow "bowls."
favorite cake recipe
favorite frosting recipe
Make a cake of your choice (or just double the beer cupcake recipe). When the cake is cool, crumble it up in a large bowl. Add the frosting of your choice to the cake crumbs, a little at a time, mixing until the cake and frosting form a "dough," not too wet but still moldable.
Pinch off bits of the "dough" and shape into football shapes. Place on a parchment or plastic wrap lined baking sheet or plate. Then place in freezer for 10 minutes. Melt the semisweet chocolate. Place a cake football in the chocolate and make sure it's entirely covered with chocolate. Pull it out with a fork and tap off the excess chocolate.
Place on a piece of parchment to dry. Repeat with the rest. Let dry. Melt white chocolate. Use a toothpick to draw on the stripes (above).
NOTE: I used this chocolate cake recipe and frosting recipe.
1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup beer
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Mix the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In another bowl, cream the butter and sugar together. Add the egg and mix. Pour in the beer and mix. Then add in the dry ingredients and mix till even.
Spray a cupcake tray with nonstick spray. Pour the batter into the cups. Place in the oven and bake 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in tray for 5 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of each cupcake and move the cakes to a cooling rack to cool.
Makes 12 cupcakes.
3/4-1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 tbsp milk
1 tbsp matcha powder
green food coloring, optional
Mix the matcha and powdered sugar. Cream the butter with the matcha/sugar mixture. Add the milk and mix until incorporated, adding more butter or sugar if too wet. If desired, add a few drops of green food coloring to make the frosting more grass like in color.