Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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Looking for something fun and creative for your Super Bowl?  You might flinch when you hear the terms, Beer Cheese Cupcakes with Bacon Cheddar Cream Cheese Frosting and Buffalo Chicken Cupcakes, but these are no joke.  Think of these cupcakes not as something sweet, but as gooey loveliness to add to your gameday appetizer table.  


Cupcake Project is a blog all about cakes in a cup and is the source for these savory cupcake recipes.

Beer Cheese Cupcakes with Bacon Cheddar Cream Cheese Frosting

Stef at the Cupcake Project combines brown sugar, cheddar, beer and sour cream for the base.  The frosting is sweet with the yum of cheddar and bacon combined.  

Beer Cheese Super Bowl Cupcake Recipe
Yield: About 18 cupcakes 
  • 1 cup beer (I used Bud Select. I'm not usually a Bud gal, but they do sponsor the Super Bowl, so I had to go there.)
  • 1 stick, plus 1 tb, unsalted butter
  • 1 cup grated cheddar (I'd go for the good stuff here. Get something nice and sharp, not the cheap stuff that comes shredded in a bag.)
  • 2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tb vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking soda
  1. Heat beer and butter in a large saucepan on medium-high heat until butter is melted.
  2. Add cheddar. 
  3. Remove from heat, and whisk in the sugar.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla.
  5. Mix the sour cream mixture into the beer mixture. 
  6. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour and baking soda.
  7. Fold flour mixture into the batter. 
  8. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 fill.
  9. Bake at 350 F for 25 minutes, or until inserted cake tester comes out clean.


Bacon Cheddar Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
  • 8oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup grated cheddar
  1. 1 cup bacon bits (I made my own by cooking some bacon in a glass pan in the microwave for 3 minutes between paper towels and food processing it.)
  2. Beat cream cheese and butter until creamy. 
  3. Add grated cheddar.
  4. Slowly mix in powdered sugar. 
  5. Stir in bacon bits.
Read more: http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2008/01/beer-cheese-cupcakes-with-bacon-cheddar.html#ixzz1kLuqKsX0

But Stef takes this idea a little further and has created another cupcake appropriate for Super Bowl 2012...Buffalo Chicken Cupcakes.  I have to admit, this recipe takes some convincing for me.  Reading this from the Cupcake Project convinced me:

"After hearing that I was going to bake buffalo chicken Super Bowl cupcakes (with hot sauce and blue cheese in the cake and a blue cheese buttercream frosting), one of my friends asked if I would be baking the cupcakes as as a joke.  "Are they just supposed to be funny, or will you actually enjoy eating buffalo chicken cupcakes?"  Having not yet baked the Super Bowl cupcakes, I told them that I was baking them mostly for the fun of it.  I didn't expect them to be particularly good.

When my house started to smell like buffalo wings (there was no chicken involved at this point), I knew I had the flavor right.  When I took a lick of my cupcake batter-laden finger, I began to suspect that I was going to like the buffalo chicken cupcakes.  When I tasted the cupcakes hot out of the oven, I realized that I had created a new crowd-pleasing Super Bowl tradition."


These cupcakes have what it takes to be the little edge that makes everyone remember your Super Bowl get together.  Give them a try and let Gameday Style know how they turn out!