Super Bowl XLVIII Cupcakes
I love football for two reasons: 1. I love the game and of course my S Diego Chargers (well it’s a love/hate relationship we have going) and 2. the food! I’m sure for alot of you, the best time to show off your appetizers, bite-sized food, dips, etc is at your Super Bowl Party. Well for me, I like to show off my baking skills and these are simple. Really! All you really need to be good at is melting chocolate and coloring. Makes 30 cupcakes.
I used my Moist Chocolate Cake recipe for the cupcakes, because everyone loves chocolate! Second, I used my Italian Buttercream recipe for the frosting because in my opinion it is simply the best. It has a melt-in-your-mouth decadent flavor that doesn’t hide the chocolate cake. A truly perfect combination of cake and frosting. Both of these recipes can be time consuming, but it will definitely be worth it for your guests. What you can do to make the process easier on yourself is to make the cupcakes the day before and freeze them overnight. Pull the cupcakes out right before you start to make the Italian Buttercream. Ice with a 1M star tip or however you prefer.
To make the process easier, you can definitely use a box cake mix and store bought icing. I know everyone is short on time, but you really need to try these two recipes. Both are very popular on my blog and I know they will impress your guests, not only with creativity, but with flavor.
Now for the chocolate pieces:
6 Wilton melting chips, lime green
1/2 bag Wilton melting chips, white plus 6 extra chips
12 Wilton melting chips, orange
6 Wilton melting chips, black
royal blue gel food coloring
black gel food coloring
First go on the internet and find your favorite logos for each team. Save the picture to your computer then open Microsoft Word. Insert picture and copy and paste the picture to fill an entire page. One logo for each page. Make sure that the logo is big enough for you to pipe on. Print each page and tape to a hard smooth surface right next to each other. Then tape parchment paper on top of the print pages.
Now to the fun part: melting chocolate. First, melt 1/4 bag of white melting chips over a double broiler on low.
Once completely melted, put a few drops of royal blue gel food coloring and use a spatula to fully incorporate. Once you get a royal blue color, add 1 to 2 drops of black gel food coloring to make navy blue.
Fill disposable pastry bag with navy blue chocolate and outline each logo. Conveniently, each team’s outline color is navy blue. It’s important that you outline first because it makes it easier to just fill in all the other colors.
Then melt orange, green and the rest of white using the same technique to fill in the rest of spaces. However, there is one color left and that is gray.
To make gray, I melted 6 black chips and 6 white chips together. Fill those disposable pastry bags and finish off your chocolate logos. Let cool, then carefully use a spatula to lift up the chocolate pieces. Flip the pieces over and you have a smooth and beautiful logo to place on top of your cupcakes.
*Having trouble melting chocolate? Everyone has those days where nothing seems to go right and melting chocolate can put me over the edge sometimes, especially when I was making these cupcakes for this post. My chocolate was just not working the way I wanted it. It would get really hard and then I couldn’t pipe it. White chocolate is harder to melt than regular chocolate because it can’t go over 110 degrees, while regular chocolate can’t go over 120 degrees so you have to be extra careful. I learned to heat up the water until it starts to steam, then remove from heat, then place the bowl of chocolate on top. Stir with a spatula until melted. It really doesn’t need a lot of heat to melt.
If it’s too late and you think your chocolate is already ruined, don’t throw it away! After throwing away a few batches of good chocolate I found a trick. If you are using chocolate that you eventually need to harden, add a little bit of margarine or crisco, even small amounts of oil to thin it out. A little goes a long way! It softens right up and is super easy to pipe with. Who would’ve thought?
So if you think you have ruined a good batch of chocolate, DON’T throw it away! It can be salvaged everybody! Good as new.
Tell us who you think will win!