The Butch Bakery does cupcakes like nobody else. You can forget the pretty sparkles and the flowers on top, forget the pastel cupcakes for Easter or Halloween. These aren't cupcakes for little kids, but grown-up cupcakes full of contemporary, inventive flavors—like bacon, whiskey, coffee, and cayenne pepper.
The Butch Bakery Cookbook offers cupcakes for the twenty-first century—like a cupcake imbued with two different liqueurs or a devil's food cake made truly diabolical with a dose of chili powder. These are serious sweets. They're delightfully different and dangerously delicious.
- Author David Arrick has received tremendous media coverage since opening Butch Bakery
- Perfect for dessert or cupcake lovers who are tired of the same old vanilla or chocolate cake with icing on top
For anyone who wants a dessert that breaks the mold and challenges the taste buds with modern flavors and inspired ingredients, The Butch Bakery Cookbook delivers the goods—seriously.
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About the Author
JANICE KOLLAR was the owner of Kollar Cookies in New York for more than twelve years. The Food Network recently named her Classic Four Layer Chocolate Cake the best cake in the country.
Table of Contents11 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
13 INTRODUCTION: DESSERT FOR DUDES
Butch Meets Buttercream
Butch's Cupcake Boot Camp
Butch's Supply Cabinet
Butch's Big Baker's Dozen
Butch's Chocolate Discs
41 CHAPTER 1: WORKING
69 CHAPTER 2: PLAY BALL!
Really Hot Dog
93 CHAPTER 3: TOUCHDOWN
Hoo Rah Hoo Rah!
117 CHAPTER 4: BARBECUE SEASON
Rum & Coke
Root Beer Float
141 CHAPTER 5: COUPLES' NIGHT OUT
165 CHAPTER 6: BUTCH'S ON-THE-GO: Using Pre-made Cake Mixes
Ice Cream Cake
Jack Daniel's Rush
New Yawk Cream Pie
A Chocolate Stout Cupcake with Vanilla Stout Buttercream
There's nothing like an ice-cold beer on a hot summer day, or while you're watching your favorite ball game. So we thought, why not make a cupcake with beer? We started with chocolate cake and then added our favorite stout into the mix. Next, we frosted them with our pumped-up creamy vanilla frosting, again with lots of stout, and then topped them with crushed chocolate-covered pretzels. And on that day, a winning combination was born!
Makes 12 cupcakes
For the Chocolate Stout Cupcakes:
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup dark stout, such as Guinness, poured and settled before you measure
2 large eggs, broken into a small bowl
1/2 cup full-fat sour cream
1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
For the Vanilla Stout Buttercream:
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted through a strainer
3 tablespoons dark stout, such as Guinness, poured and settled before you measure
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup crushed chocolate-covered Pretzels
PLAN OF ATTACK:
Make the Cupcakes: Place a baking rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two 6-cup jumbo-size muffin pans with liners and set aside. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the butter. Remove from the heat, add the cocoa powder, and stir until smooth. Then stir in the stout. You'll think that you have some stout left to drink, but hold your horses! You're going need some for the frosting, too. Set aside to cool, about 10 minutes.
In a medium-size mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and the sour cream. Add the cooled chocolate mixture, incorporating well. Add the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt, and whisk until smooth, scraping down the bowl as needed.
Fill each prepared muffin cup with 1/3 cup batter, about 2/3 full. Bake, rotating the pans halfway through, until the tops are just firm to the touch and a tester inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean, about 23 minutes. Leave the cupcakes in the pan on a rack to cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer the cupcakes to the wire rack to cool completely before frosting, about 1 hour.
Make the Buttercream: In a medium-size mixing bowl, with an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the butter until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add the confectioners' sugar, stout, vanilla, and salt into the bowl, and continue to beat until very smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes, scraping down the bowl as needed.
Cupcake Construction: Get out that ice cream scoop (2 to 2 1/4 inches in diameter) and top each cupcake with a scoop of frosting. Sprinkle each cupcake with a tablespoon of the crushed pretzels. Cupcakes can be refrigerated for up to 3 days in an airtight container, or frozen for 1 month.
If You Like: Before you sprinkle on the pretzels, you can shine the cupcakes up a bit by taking a butter knife (no serrated edges, please) and pushing the frosting down to about an inch high, flattening the top, and then taking the knife and making a flat 45-degree angled edge all the way around the side of the scoop of frosting.
Virgin Beer Run: Substitute your favorite soda for the beer. We like a cola or root beer the best.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The dictionary defines "butch" as "manlike or masculine in appearance or behavior, typically aggressively or ostentatiously so." So while other cupcakes are covered with pink sprinkles and what-not, The Butch Bakery Cookbook shows you how to make cupcakes that the man in your life will love... If he's man enough. The author, David Arrick is a former personal trainer and lawyer who felt the call to cook, but didn't want to make the typical pink frosted cupcakes, so he came up with an idea that would appeal to masculine tastes. The handsomely photographed and cleanly-designed cookbook starts off with a "Dessert for Dudes" introduction that walks guys through the tools, techniques, and all the manly ingredients they'll need to create these masterpieces of machismo. Chapters are broken down by themes men can relate to, such as, Working, Touchdown, Barbecue Season, and Couples Night Out. Each chapter of The Butch Bakery Cookbook includes several cleverly-named recipes, with often outrageous and imaginative ingredients -- including a wide variety of spirits. The cupcakes are sophisticated, and often topped with his trademark chocolate disks, with patterns like plaids, wood grain, and houndstooth (the book explains in detail how to make your own disks). The "B-52," is a Kahlua-soaked yellow cake topped with Bailey's buttercream and a colorful camouflauge disk. I know my husband would love the Kick-Off, a moist carrot-pineapple cupcake, with vanilla "spiked" cream cheese frosting. The apple-pie-themed Sweet Mama is a delicious show-stopper. And, the Camp Out cupcake is a graham cracker and vanilla-cinnamon cupcake, swirled with milk chocolate, and topped with marshmallow that's been toasted, almost like a creme brulee. Mr. Arrick has come up with an excellent concept and has done an inspiring job in creating and branding his specialties and I'm glad I now have a chance to make the treats from The Butch Bakery, since I don't live in New York!