Saturday, February 6, 2016

Super Bowl Party Cupcakes

The BRONCOS made it to Super Bowl 50! And with that, Super Bowl parties galore are happening all over Denver. #broncoscountry

So I decided to bust out / dust off the baking skills and do a football themed dessert. Luckily for me, my friend Becky is a baking aficionado and showed me this recipe of the most adorable cupcakes. Adorable isn't necessarily football speak, but how can you resist these?!



The cupcake idea came from a baking blog called Sprinkled With Jules, check it out for more baking inspo!


First step, set out all your ingredients and take a pretty picture! Blogging fancy photos aside, for me, I like to set out all my ingredients beforehand and organize them into sections of when I'll be using them. Unlike most cooking, baking can be pretty finicky, so you want to be quick with your steps. It also makes you realize what you've forgotten to purchase at the store, more of that in a bit, ha. *Not pictured here, the multiple glasses of wine it takes to get me through hours of baking. 

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Cream the butter & sugar together until fluffy (about 5 minutes - might need to stop the mixer and spatula all ingredients together once or twice throughout the whole mixing process).


3. After mixture is light & fluffy, add egg & vanilla. Continue to beat well.
4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, & salt.


5. Add the flour mixture & buttermilk to the fluffy ingredients while the mixer is running, alternating between the two, starting and ending with the flour mixture.
*If you don't have buttermilk [aka forgot to buy it at the store], or milk doesn't agree with you, you can substitute! Thanks to my baking buddy Becky for fielding that frantic text. I substituted with putting 1 tablespoon of lemon juice in a measuring cup, and topping it off with almond milk. Stir and let sit for 2 minutes before using. More substitution suggestions linked here

6. Beat again (not too long) until all is mixed well.


7. Spoon batter into cupcake papers in a muffin tin about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way full (make sure you don't overfill!)
*This is where I messed up and got greedy with my batter. The cupcakes may have been a little top heavy, so try to hold yourself back - easier said than done when it comes to cupcake batter, I know.

8. Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes. Make sure they pass the toothpick test before taking them out.



And Step 1 is done! Cupcake completion. Make sure to let them cool about 5 minutes, then take them out of the pan onto a cooling rack or even just a countertop is fine, and let them continue to cool until you're ready to start frosting your life away.

First up, the stadium cupcakes with the "football fans." How cute are these? I can hear all the "awww's" already. Start by getting in your frosting zone. This may require blasting some rap - just personal preference.




1. Put rainbow sprinkles in a shallow bowl.

2. Frost cupcake on either end with the white frosting, making a blank rectangle in the middle. I used a small spatula with a straight edge side, it worked wonders.


3. Dip cupcake in the rainbow sprinkles to make the "football fans."
*If you wanted to get real fancy here, you could seek out sprinkles of your favorite team's colors, dominating the "fan" section. I regret not doing this. #gobroncos


4. Let the frosting dry (5-20 minutes depending on frosting skill confidence, ha). I was getting anxious and just dove right into the green - so you know, believe in yourself and shit.


5. Frost the middle rectangle with the green frosting, doing a small line down the middle first and pushing it towards the edges (again, suggest a small spatula for this process).
*I used a different small spatula for each color to make the frosting quicker with less washing in between. When you're doing a bunch at once, you can do all the white sections first, then move onto the field. For green frosting, I used vanilla (my fav) and green food coloring. 


6. Use the white gel squeeze or preference of froster to do the thin yard lines across the green.


Cuteness achieved! [high five]

Onto the footballs...
1. Put the chocolate frosting in a piping bag or a Ziploc bag and cut a small hole at the bottom corner.
2. Starting at one end and moving to the other, use up & down strokes to make the shape of a football with the frosting getting wider at the middle of the cupcake and more narrow on the ends.


3. Use the white gel squeeze or preference of froster again to do the football stitch markings.




It's not often you'll find me posting a recipe on this blog. But when I do, it'll definitely be baking. Being in the kitchen in general tends to stress me out to the max and cause hives, but as a type A personality - baking is more my arena because there is no "little bit of this / little bit of that" bullshit, it's all very particular step by step instructions. Thankfully for me [and you today!], my sweet Mama used to own a bakery, so I usually FaceTime her at least 3 times over the course of one recipe...



Ta da! And if you have enough willpower, try to save these cuties for the Super Bowl party. I had to hide them, I mean, there are only 12...


GO BRONCOS!

XO

Chocolate Cupcake Recipe 
*makes 12-15

Ingredients
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 cup flour
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup buttermilk (or substitution, I used almond milk + lemon juice)

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Cream the butter & sugar together until fluffy (about 5 minutes - might need to stop the mixer and spatula all ingredients together once or twice throughout the whole mixing process).
3. After mixture is light & fluffy, add egg & vanilla. Beat well.
4. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, & salt.
5. Add the flour mixture & buttermilk to the mixer bowl fluffy ingredients, alternating between the two, starting and ending with the flour mixture.
6. Beat again (not too long) until all is mixed well.
7. Spoon batter into cupcake papers in a muffin tin about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way full (make sure you don't overfill!)
8. Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes. Make sure they pass the toothpick test before taking them out.


Stadium & Football Decorating Instructions
Ingredients
Cooled cupcakes
1/2 cup white frosting
1/2 cup green frosting
1/2 cup chocolate frosting
1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles
Piping bag or small Ziploc bag with an opening cut
*optional, white gel thin squeeze tube for the yard & football lines

Instructions | Stadium Cupcakes
1. Put rainbow sprinkles in a shallow bowl.
2. Frost cupcake on either end with the white frosting, making a blank rectangle in the middle.
3. Dip cupcake in the rainbow sprinkles to make the "football fans."
4. Let the frosting dry (5-20 minutes depending on frosting skill confidence, ha).
5. Frost the middle rectangle with the green frosting, doing a small line down the middle first and pushing it towards the edges (suggest a small spatula for this process).
6. Use the white gel squeeze or preference of froster to do the thin yard lines across the green.

Instructions | Football Cupcakes
1. Put the chocolate frosting in a piping bag or a Ziploc bag and cut a small hole at the bottom corner.
2. Starting at one end and moving to the other, use up & down strokes to make the shape of a football with the frosting getting wider at the middle of the cupcake and more narrow on the ends.
3. Use the white gel squeeze or preference of froster again to do the football stitch markings.

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