Oh my gosh, is he really going to wear flannel on our date night? Do you think he will shave his beard when he meets my parents? Can we please turn off Sports Center and watch The Real Housewives?
Ladies, is this hitting home for you? I thought so.
Ahh... the "manly" man. Rough and tumble. Worn in jeans and a five o' clock shadow. Messy hair and a tough exterior. If you're not dating him, married to him, or interested in him, you at least know the type I'm talking about.
We all do. I happen to be with one of them, but that's another story.
Earlier this week, my friend Lizzy sent me a recipe for a "manly" cupcake. Is that an oxymoron? I don't think so. Real men like cupcakes.
Well, what the heck is a manly cupcake?
Beer. Bacon. Chicks. Oh wait, no chicks. But beer and bacon, okay! I'm skeptical. This seems weird. I'm not a guy. Is this going to taste good? Should we just make brownies and call it a night? No. Bring on the testosterone.
So, Lizzy, Amie and I made our first ever batch of manly cupcakes. Moist cake, awesome. Sweet and salty topping, perfect. What is going on!?
You can make these completely from scratch or used a boxed mix. We used a box mix but your favorite chocolate cupcake recipe will do. For the frosting, I recommend a special dark chocolate frosting jazzed up with a few tablespoons of Guinness.
What ya need:
Your favorite chocolate cupcake recipe or a boxed mix.
For the frosting:
1 cup butter, softened
4.5 cups confectioner's sugar
1.25 Dark Cocoa Powder
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
3 tbsp Guinness
2 tbsp (or less) of milk
1/4 cup Crumbled Bacon
1/4 cup Heath Bar toffee bits
What ya do:
1. Prepare cupcakes as directed. When they are cooled, use a toothpick to poke several holes in each cupcake. Spoon Guinness over every cupcake (a tsp or 2). Let set and prepare frosting.
2. For the frosting: In a large bowl, cream the butter until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners sugar, cocoa powder and Guinness. To achieve your desired consistency, you can use a little milk, or more Guinness if you want to put a little hair on your chest!
3. Spread cupcakes with frosting and sprinkle with crumbled bacon and toffee bits.
The sweet and salty combo on the frosting is divine, and the cupcake was so moist from the Guinness. It doesn't taste like a beer... but it has this dynamic rich flavor that you will love, trust me. I'm not even a dark beer fan, and this was good.
These cupcakes were so manly that in order to restore our feminism we uncorked a bottle of Pinot, popped some kettle corn and watched Love Actually. God I love my girlfriends.
I have tons leftover, so if you need something to give to your man or want to eat it yourself, let me know. Have an awesome weekend. Happy December!