Well, I did it. I finally jumped in and entered my very first cupcake war! Luckily for me, I am blessed with a good friend who gave me the encouragement that I needed to submit my registration form.
The Royal Cupcake Challenge was held at the Renaissance fair on Mother's Day. The rules were simple: Bake 3 unique cupcake flavors and decorate each with a Renaissance theme. (4 cupcakes of each flavor for a total of 1 dozen cupcakes.) Easy enough - right? I thought about it for a few days then finally decided on my three "unique" flavors to enter in the competition.
A Snickerdoodle cupcake - a cinnamon sugar cupcake with a cookie crumble crust and toasted meringue buttercream.
The pink lemonade and the snickerdoodle are cupcakes that I make fairly regularly. The the chocolate stout cupcake was a new one for me so I gave it a trial run a few days before the competition. I made a half recipe so my portions are going to look a little different than what is printed here.
Chocolate Stout Cupcakes
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
6 ounces dark stout
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
6 Tablespoons butter, melted
3 ounces dark chocolate
1/4 cup whipping cream
1 Tablespoon powdered sugar
Cool on wire racks.
I sampled this cupcake - the entire thing! I could taste the chocolate stout but it wasn't overpowering. It was delicious and not overly sweet. I decided that it would be even better if I added more chocolate ganache to the top of the cooled cupcakes.
Since these were sample cupcakes, I frosted a few for sampling. I used a white chocolate frosting and chocolate jimmies for these yummy treats.
Now to turn the rest of these cupcakes into dark knights. I printed out a cupcake wrapper patterns from the internet to use as a template for my wrappers. I cut some slits in the top of mine to resemble a castle. I used hot glue to secure the wrappers.
I made shields and swords using black candy melts and silver dragees.
For those of you who are anxiously awaiting the results of the Renaissance Fair Cupcake War - I did not win. It was a lot of fun to participate and even though it was stressful, I would definitely do it again. These are the pictures from our day at the Renaissance festival.
Yes, that is my husband with his face in a chocolate pie. He didn't win the pie eating contest either, but - he had pie!
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