What is a Do the Hokey Pokey Cupcake?
Let’s start with a flashback to the Cupcake Love Connection questionnaire. Groom 2.5 said that his ideal woman would be “sweet, delicious and complex … with a hint of nuts.”
Minko met his needs – and then some! What a lady! This was one of the most complex cupcakes that I have ever made, but it wasn’t just complex for the sake of being complex. Each element added something that led to a perfect mix of flavors.
This cupcake consisted of:
- A white cupcake made with caramel and orange zest.
- Hokey pokey candy folded into the cupcake.
- Cinnamon mascarpone frosting with a bit of orange zest. When asked what kind of cupcake he liked best, Groom 2.5 answered, “There is no one answer, but chocolate and cinnamon are always popular, as is a hint of orange.” Minko totally hit the cinnamon with hint of orange in this frosting – not to mention the orange in the cake. I’m glad she didn’t go for the chocolate too. You can’t give a guy everything he likes on the first date.
- Coffee syrup drizzled on top. Minko did not know that Groom 2.5 is a coffee lover. She got very lucky there. Much of love is luck, isn’t it?
- Pistachios sprinkled above the coffee syrup (the hint of nuts). Minko gave me the choice of using macadamia nuts or pistachios on the cupcakes. I opted for the pistachios. Upon seeing them on the cupcakes, Groom 2.5 called them the Kyrptonite of this cupcake. You might say I cheated by picking a nut I knew he would love, but it wasn’t like she gave me 10 choices. What good is Cupid if she doesn’t do a good job aiming the arrow?
Groom 2.5 said nothing about enjoying caramel or hokey pokey. I love that Minko added those elements in, too. You should never lose yourself completely in a relationship. It should be a good meld of two people.
This section is going to be long. I won’t hold it against you if you skip to the bottom for the answer to who said what and the future of the Cupcake Love Connection. All recipes are compliments of master baker and Cupcake Love Connection participant Minko! As always, I added my own baking notes.
Hokey Pokey Recipe
Before you get started, you will need to make or buy (if you can find it near you) some hokey pokey. See my hokey pokey recipe post for more on how to make it yourself.
Coffee Syrup Recipe
The caramel that you will be making here is used in the cupcake recipe. I expected the caramel to be more of a candy consistency, but it was more of a syrup. This recipe also made more than was needed. I’ve been using the extra syrup to sweeten drinks. It’s perfect for that!
Do the Hokey Pokey Cupcake Recipe
The Cinnamon Mascarpone Frosting
The cinnamon mascarpone frosting was a winner! You can bet that I’ll be making this again. I may even have to do a separate post devoted to it at some point since it’s buried down in this one and I want to give it the glory it deserves. Minko’s recipe used 6 oz of mascarpone cheese. I adjusted it to use 8 oz since that was what my package held and I didn’t want to bother measuring. You may want to double the frosting amount if you are going to use large swirls. I didn’t quite have enough frosting for all of the cupcakes. Perhaps Minko likes some of them naked?
Who Said What
“Lovely” “Delightful” “Minkolicious” “Oh wow!” “I want to marry Minko”
All of the quotes above were said by Groom 2.5 except “I want to marry Minko”. “I want to marry Minko” was said by Bride 1.0. She adored these cupcakes. Groom 1.0 said he had never seen her eat a cupcake so quickly.
It’s probably good that Groom 2.5 isn’t ready to marry Minko just yet – especially since he seems to think that I am playing some kind of joke on him and that Minko is actually an old man.
Let’s take a moment to examine exactly what they do know about each other.
What Minko Knows About Groom 2.5
Minko now knows that Groom 2.5 loves her cupcakes. She has also now seen his hands. I’m not sure if she’s ever been to a wedding where the poem about hands has been read, but if not, I’ll share:
These are the hands, young and strong and vibrant with love, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as he promises to love you all the days of his life.
These are the hands you will place with expectant joy against your stomach, until he too, feels his child stir within your womb.
These are the hands that look so large and clumsy, yet will be so gentle as he holds your baby for the first time.
These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, for a lifetime of happiness.
These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes: tears of sorrow and tears of joy.
These are the hands that will tenderly lift your chin and brush your cheek as they raise your face to look into his eyes: eyes that are filled completely with his overwhelming love and desire for you.
OK, maybe I’m getting a bit ahead of myself.
What Groom 2.5 Knows About Minko
He knows that she bakes great cupcakes. He also knows lots of assorted facts about her if he has checked out her blog. However, since he hasn’t seen her hands, I’m going to share one fact about her that she told me.
Groom 2.5 said in his Cupcake Love Connection questionnaire that he is “drawn to very smart, neurotic, Caucasian women.” Minko wrote me and said, “Hmmm… He said he likes Caucasians … I am Caucasian minus the Cauc.” I don’t think this will be a problem for Groom 2.5, but we shall see.
In the same email where Minko told me that she’s Asian, she said, “I never back down from a challenge.” Let’s see if that’s true!
Groom 2.5 is planning a trip with some friends to Hawaii in January (the 6th – 13th). Hawaii is sorta in between the continental U.S. and Australia. Groom 2.5 would like to invite her and her friends to join on this trip. If Minko says no, he’ll of course understand and alternate arrangements would need to be made. But, how cool would it be if she said yes?! Basically, that would mean that Jonathan and I would need to go as well – the meeting would need to be documented. We would also be on the lookout for any Hawaii bloggers out there to join in the festivities!
Again, I’m getting ahead of myself. :)
Minko, are you up for a trip to Hawaii?