J made these cupcakes, frosting and all. His mom cut-out a recipe from the newspaper because she thought he might like them. They have beer and whiskey in them and were labeled as “Super Bowl Cupcakes”, although we’ve eaten them in March, when he made them for my birthday, and again in August when he made them for no apparent reason, other than they’re yummy and his local hang-out had a good chocolate stout on tap. They are quite tasty. They’re not very kid-friendly, though. The flavors are a little strong and neither of our kids are wild about them. If you’re having an adult-oriented soiree, they’ll be perfect.
Super Bowl Cupcakes
1 cup of dark beer, such as a stout (we use a good chocolate stout, such as a Young’s, but it’s a personal preference)
1/3 cup sour cream
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 18.5 ounce package of chocolate cake mix (with or without pudding in the mix – we’ve tried it both ways and both work fine)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 24 regular muffin cups with papers. In a large bowl, mix together beer, sour cream, vegetable oil, eggs and cake mix until well-combined and the batter is smooth. You can use a mixer if you like, although J used a spoon and mixed it by hand because that’s the manly thing to do when making manly cupcakes and he is a man. I’d probably use the stand mixer because I’m a weenie and my arm gets tired. Once batter is ready, evenly spoon into liners and bake for 18 – 20 minutes. Cool cupcakes on baking racks. While the cupcakes are cooling, you can prepare the frosting.
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter (softened to room temperature)
3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup whiskey (we used Maker’s Mark, but you can use whatever you like – it doesn’t even have to be bourbon. You could use a Tennessee Whiskey, such as Jack Daniels, or even a Scotch Whiskey)
2 tsp. vanilla
In a large bowl, add the butter , powdered sugar, whiskey and vanilla. Using an electric mixer (you’ll need it for this), beat the ingredients until smooth and fluffy, approximately 4 to 5 minutes. When the cupcakes are cool, frost them with the prepared frosting. The frosting is pretty strong when you first make it but mellows-out overnight into this rich, tasty yumminess.
Certainly try these for the Super Bowl, if you’re into that sort of thing, or whatever next manly get-together you may have.