Superbowl Sunday is a week away and even though neither of the teams I was rooting for made it (Seahawks…sigh) I’m still looking forward to tuning in and enjoying a good game and some good food. How many of you plan to serve beer at your Superbowl party? Well after having such success with the Mini Champagne Cupcakes for NYE, I thought of an alternative way to serve beer at your Superbowl celebration…in the form of a cupcake. This probably doesn’t sound very appetizing to those of you who dislike beer but if you had one of these cupcakes in front of you perhaps you’d be intrigued enough to try it. I actually really enjoyed the cupcake myself and this is coming from a girl who doesn’t drink beer. My hubby however, that’s a different story. Like most men he loves beer which is where I got the inspiration to make the cupcake in the first place.
So since this cupcake is inspired by my hubby, it’s only right to make them using one of his favorite brands of beer (Blue Moon) along with a twist of orange since Blue Moon tastes best that way. The combination results in a sweet cake with hints of hops and caramel, brightened up by the notes of orange in the frosting and pulled together by the dark chocolate garnish. Touchdown!!
The recipe is also soy and dairy free (with the exception of the white chocolate laces on the football garnish.)
Game Day Cupcakes
12 cupcake liners
12 cupcake wrappers in your choice of color (a posh way to dress up a basic cupcake)
1 1/2 Cup All purpose flour
1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup coconut spread, vegan butter (or regular butter)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 egg whites
1 cup of your favorite beer
Orange zest from 1 orange (optional)
Preheat oven to 350
Place liners in your muffin tin pan.
Zest entire orange and reserving half for frosting.
Mix together flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and set aside.
Beat coconut spread and both sugars in a mixing bowl until fluffy.
Add vanilla and orange zest and beat in egg whites.
Mix in dry mixture and beer in thirds alternating each time.
Teaspoon batter into liners and bake for roughly 12 to 15 minutes until a toothpick comes put clean.
Allow cupcakes to fully cool.
Cupcake recipe adapted from: 20 Something Cupcakes
Vegan Buttercream Frosting
1 Cup Vegan Butter softened (I use Earth Balance brand. You can use regular butter if you choose.)
2 3/4 cups powdered sugar
Remaining orange zest
2 tablespoon fresh squeezed orange juice
In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, mix together vegan butter and sugar on low-speed until fully incorporated (approximately 3 minutes.)
Add in orange zest and orange juice and mix until blended.
Place in ziplock or pastry bag.
Use right away or keep chilled in fridge until ready to frost cupcakes.
Once cupcakes are frosted decorate each with festive sprinkles and a cute football garnish (recipe follows.)
Lastly, add the cupcake wrappers.
Dark Chocolate Football Garnish
1 bar of soy and dairy free dark chocolate
1 cube of bakers white chocolate (for laces)
2 sandwich sized ziplock bags
Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Place dark chocolate in a heat proof bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals or place over a a double boiler until fully melted.
Allow five minutes to cool and spoon into ziplock bag.
Snip corner of bag and pipe 3 inch ovals (footballs) onto parchment paper.
Fill ovals by drizzling chocolate in a back-and forth motion to complete the design as seen below, making sure that the interior chocolate drizzle connects to the outer edges of the footballs.
Place in fridge to cool for 30 minutes.
When chocolate ovals are completely chilled, melt white chocolate in the same fashion as mentioned above.
Spoon melted chocolate into 2nd ziplock and snip the end of the bag.
Add a half-inch vertical line of white chocolate to the center of the footballs followed by 3 horizontal lines across the vertical line to create the laces.
Place back in the fridge until completely chilled.
Garnish the tops of your game day cupcakes.
keep chilled until ready to serve.
My favorite part of making these game day delights was prepping the football garnishes and of course dressing each cupcake up with pretty wrapping. The wrappers not only add a posh factor and nice finishing touch, but they tend to hide the fact that I’m not the greatest at piping frosting onto cupcakes (working on that.) The color blue you ask? Well I chose it with the Seahawks in mind but perhaps that worked against me? Either way, please don’t expect me to root for the 49ers…that would just be wrong.
Ravens all day!
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