While the cupcakes in David Arrick's The Butch Bakery Cookbook were designed to appeal to masculine sensibilities, these Tailgate Cupcakes loaded with salted caramel are a great equalizer. There's something about the saltiness that has even those who aren't big dessert eaters embracing the sweet.
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These Tailgate Cupcakes are the holy trinity of salted caramel: salted caramel cake filled with yes, salted caramel, topped with salted caramel, and finished with a shower of crunchy coarse grained salt.
These Old-Fashioned Cupcakes include all of the components of the classic Old Fashioned: whiskey, bitters, and orange. The cake here is an orange-scented cake that tastes just like that childhood favorite, the Creamsicle—that is, before you soak it in copious amounts of whiskey. The frosting includes both whiskey and Angostura bitters, incorporating all of the flavors of the Old Fashioned in a manner that's both concentrated and very true to form. And when it comes time to garnish, it's really a matter of how you like your Old Fashioned; your can either go with a sprinkling of sugared orange zest or a Maraschino cherry.
Whiskey-soaked orange cupcakes topped with Old-Fashioned buttercream? All you need is a maraschino cherry on top to complete these cocktail inspired cupcakes.
To up the testosterone in these manly cupcakes, Arrick has incorporated a duo that's more at home at your local bar than in a pastry shop: beer and pretzels. The beer here is your choice of stout, Guinness is good but a darker, more chocolaty stout is even better. Since the stout is baked into the cake base and swirled into the icing, you're looking for a stout full of roasty caramel-and-coffee notes.
We think these chocolate stout cupcakes topped with pretzels would fit right in at your local bar. Not exactly standard pub fare, but pretty close.
If you're wondering how to entice a bunch of guys to eat cupcakes, the answer is pretty simple: add bacon. David Arrick, founder of New York's Butch Bakery and author of The Butch Bakery Cookbook, found this out pretty quickly and used this formula to create these Driller Cupcakes, maple cupcakes topped with milk chocolate ganache and candied bacon.
Maple cupcakes topped with creamy milk chocolate ganache get a perfect hit of smoky salt and pepper when topped with crumbled candied bacon.
Cupcakes are not exactly what you'd call gender-neutral desserts. With their frilly frosting, lacy liners, and intricately decorated tops, these pint-sized cakes are decidedly girly. I mean, really, when's the last time you saw a big burly dude chomping down on a pastel buttercream-topped cupcake? That's why cupcake shop Butch Bakery specializes in—you guessed it—cupcakes with a masculine point of view.