Are You Ready for Some Football and Tailgate Cupcakes?


We interrupt this regularly scheduled Run DMT program with a Special Edition Friday Food Fight.  This week, I am collaborating and co-hosting with some of my favorite foodie bloggers a Progressive Tailgate Picnic to officially kick off the football season.

Beverages will be provided by Camille.

Courtney has got the scoop on the dip.

Hezzi D is making a mean main course.

Ruth will be offering the appetizing appetizers.

And yours truly is dishing up the desserts.

So, when served the task of cooking up a tailgate related dessert, I thought it had to be something with beer, because after all, football and beer go hand and hand.  At least, when watching the game, there’s always a beer in my hand.

Now this season, there will be a beer in one hand and a beer cupcake in the other.

Go Bucs!

Tailgate Cupcakes
½  cup butter
1¼ cups sugar
¼  cup Hershey’s cocoa
1 ¾ cups all purpose flour
¾  tsp baking powder
¾ tsp baking soda
½ cup Samuel Adams Boston Lager
2 eggs
½ tsp salt

In a standing mixer, cream the butter and sugar until well blended.  Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each.  Add vanilla.

Whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt together in another bowl.  Then add the flour mixture and beer to the batter in mixer, alternating and ending with the flour mixture.

Ladle batter into cupcake liners about three-quarters full.

Bake at 350 degrees for 22-25 minutes. Cool completely.


Quick Buttercream Icing
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
4 cups powder sugar, sifted
¼ tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp milk
Green food coloring
Green colored sugar sprinkles
Dove Chocolate Covered Almonds

Using a handheld mixer, add butter, salt and sugar to a medium-sized bowl and mix until well combined.  Stir in vanilla and milk. (If additional liquid is needed, add small a amount of additional milk or a tablespoon of beer until icing shows desired consistency.) Reserve about ½ cup of the icing for decoration in a snack size Ziploc bag.

Add a several drops of green food coloring to achieve desired green color for grass.  Sprinkle with green sugar crystals.

For the yard lines, cut a small tip off one of the corners of the Ziploc bag.  Carefully draw one line across each cupcake, add a smaller line and write 10, 20, 30, 40, or 50 in the center.

For the football laces, carefully draw a line down the center of a chocolate covered almond and two smaller lines perpendicular to the center line.  Use a toothpick to help shape the lines. After drawing the laces, gently place almond on cupcake.


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