My cupcakes get jealous at BBQs – all of that BBQ smoke and sweet corn at meal time and none at dessert. That’s why I created the All American BBQ cupcake. The cupcake is a chocolate cupcake with a secret ingredient – liquid smoke. The liquid smoke gives the chocolate a fantastic smoky smell and taste. The frosting is a sweet corn cream cheese frosting that has just enough corn to scream summer BBQ, but not too much to say, “Ewww, corn frosting!”
BBQ Cupcake Reactions
Bride and Groom 1.0 sampled this cupcake last night.
Groom 1.0 said that the smoky flavor reminded him of BBQ sauce and hamburgers and it worked well with the chocolate. That was my goal with the cupcake, as stated above, so I couldn’t have been happier about this review. He also said that it was in his top 10 of all Cupcake Project cupcakes.
Bride 1.0 said that if they were having a second wedding and it were in the summer, they might have chosen this cupcake.
Neither of them could taste the corn in the frosting, but they did think that the sweetness of the frosting went well with the smokiness of the cake.
Groom 1.0 also said that the cake tasted like a chocolate pop tart. He says that’s a good thing, but I don’t believe him (hence the attempt to hide this comment).
The Smoky Chocolate Cupcake Recipe
I added liquid smoke to my favorite chocolate cupcake (Chockylit’s chocolate cupcake) to make this recipe.
The Leftover Frosting
Because I frosted these cupcakes lightly, I ended up with lots of extra frosting. If you are also a light froster, you may want to halve the recipe above. If you do have extra frosting, you can make cornbread out of it. This was Jonathan’s idea all the way. He took my extra frosting, mixed in some corn meal and baked it in a cast iron skillet. It made a dry crumbly corn bread, but any corn bread is better than tossed out frosting. We think it might have been better if he had added an egg.
The Red, White, and Blue Sprinkles
I bought both the red wrappers and the red, white, and blue sprinkles at Confectionery House.
The theme for Cupcake Hero this month is cocoa powder with bonus points for Askinosie cocoa powder. I thought about topping these cupcake with my Askinosie chocolate cream cheese frosting instead of the sweet corn cream cheese frosting to increase my odds of winning, but the corn just seemed so right. Besides, I’m sure the Cupcake Hero staff will be happy for a corn break after tasting all of that chocolate.