These Ron Swanson-inspired treats are an attempt to make "masculine" cupcakes. Which could end up badly, but these went far enough past the point of stereotype into humorous fun.
This recipe combines salty bacon, sweet white chocolate, silky cream cheese, and oaky maple syrup in one delicious baked treat. Extra added points for the Ron Swanson toppers, which you can print and stick on a skewer.
If baking is not your thing, this is the perfect excuse to get your food geek friends over and make it a party. Why not? Some beers, some butter, and some cupcakes at the end? That sounds like an evening well-spent.
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This ManMade guest post was written by Misty Birchall, founder of PubCakes, makers of craft beer-flavored cupcakes.
I have been making craft beer cupcakes for over four years now down in San Diego with my business PubCakes. I design my cupcakes for beer lovers (and I’m talking about the kind of person who drinks beer for the taste, not chugs for the buzz), but these cupcakes are super tasty, even if you don’t crave a sudsy beverage on a hot day.
The image you're looking at is of a cupcake-sausage, grilled and served on a "long john" doughnut bun and a rasperry topping ketchup.
Okay now that that's out of the way, this project,
Popular Beverly Hills, California bakery Sprinkles are poised to released the greatest technological accomplishment since PeeWee Herman's breakfast machine: a twenty-four hour cupcake dispensing ATM.
"The ATM will reportedly dispense cupcakes for both humans and dogs,
Typically cupcakes, while often delicious, are a frilly affair: little tufts of icing, delicate wrappers, and often, a little pennant or note slipped into the tub, making it oh-that-much-more-decorous.
But that's not their fault. Just cause something is miniature doesn't mean it has to be dainty. So, when Jasmin of One Fine Cookie sent me her most recent creation of beer cupcakes with bacon frosting, I rejoiced, and am immediately sharing it with you.
There's no doubt that baked goods underwent a revolution in the first decade of the Twenty-First century. The 1980s and 90s gave us fashionable restaurant pastries with intricate sugar sculptures and artistic chocolate towers. But the last ten years saw a return to roots; the kind of baked goods your grandma would make, except executed much, much better.
The humble cupcake, saved from crusty dryness by whole new approaches, was certainly the darling of the aughts, but from the looks of things, the cookie is taking over.
Just look at these trendsetting sweets from Japan's Cookieboy.
We don't care if cupcakes are oh-so-2008; these superhero-topped red velvet and Ovaltine (?!) flavored versions looks plenty timeless to us.
Just Jenn made paper versions of each logo, then cut them out to use as templates over biscuit-cutter cut fondant. "The thing I love about Superhero logos are the simple clean designs, just the image and the colors can tell you instantly who is who. All of which are PERFECT elements for topping cupcakes! I knew I wanted to do some of the basics, Superman, Batman – but I figured that some of the more obscure logos would be fun and also appeal to the diehard fanboy/fangirl."
Nomskulls are exactly what they appear to be in the above photo...totally awesome. :)
"Knock ‘em dead with these four stylish silicone skulls. Nomskulls are ready to fill with your favorite grey batter and bake into perfect cupcake craniums. One bite and you’ll be head over heels, because there’s no doubt about it — this skull bone’s connected to the YUM bone! We’ve packed four silicone skull molds in each printed giftbox."
The cupcake craze may be oh-so-2007, but still, those little guys are delicious.
And according to David Arrick, they no longer only belong in the realm of princess birthday parties, feminine tastemaking blogs, and episodes of Sex in the City. " 'One day I was walking in the West Village by a cupcake place. There was a dad sitting with his little girl at this princess table, all girly and pink. The dad looked at me through the window and just rolled his eyes,' he says. 'That was my 'ah-ha' moment. Who says cupcakes have to be feminine?' "
They seem pretty intense, too - many are soaked in spirits, and each come topped with a masculine pattern. And they're sold in "rounds" of four, six, and twelve.