The Manliest Cupcake

Well, if you follow me on Facebook (like me!), you may remember my question to the world: “When you hear the words “manly cupcake” what flavors come to mind? Besides beer?” Many of you wrote me with great suggestions and I was so glad….

Because I’m entering myself into a “manly cupcake” CONTEST!!!!

It is sponsored by C & C Bakery (click here to VOTE FOR ME!!!) out of Vancouver. This is the second year that they have hosted the “Manly Cupcake Contest.” The contest is to increase awareness of prostate and testicular cancer. Everyone knows someone who has had cancer, or who has been affected by cancer. I have had friends and family members battle cancer, and I thought that this contest was not only a major culinary contest and an amazing opportunity for me to challenge myself—it also had a cause. It had a message– and all of these cupcakes entered into the contest send a very clear message that we will fight against cancer!!

The concept of the contest is centered around the Movember Foundation:

“The Movember foundation, started in 2003, encourages men of all shapes and sizes (as well as their female counterparts) to grow the most manly mustache they can muster. Through this act, men and their supporters will ban together to raise money and awareness for all types of male health problems. Hopefully, in years to come, prostate and testicular cancer will be talked about freely, and funding for these men health issues will start to really flow.” –from the C & C Cakery website.

Thus, the theme for this contest is: Mos of the Movies (mustaches in the movies)

Click this manly cupcake for the official rules:

Now for the goods!

What do you think?? Can you tell who this is???


I know I know–he’s a cartoon character. But he’s been in movies! Kids movies! Hah!

I made the stache and eyebrows from fondant but using a circle cookie cutter and a paring knife. It’s been awhile since I’ve gotten out the ol’ fondant roller, and it was actually kind of nice to make something so smooth and clean with fondant! I know I’m lame….

The flavors of the cupcakes was also part of the challenge. That’s why I needed some help developing my manly flavors!!

With the help of you all, plus my hubbie and sister as taste tasters, I would like to unveil the:

Brown Sugar Brown Butter Beef Jerky Cupcake with BBQ Cream Cheese (that’s a mouthful…..)

the Cake:

adapted from

  • 1/2 c unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 c light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 1/2 c flour
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1 c buttermilk
  • beef jerky. you can use slim jims if you want… but I used some nicer quality stuff so that it was more tasty


  1. In a small saucepan, cook the butter on medium heat for about 6 minutes, until the foam subsides and the butter turns brown and it smells like nutty caramel. It will make a lot of gurgly noises too–don’t be alarmed. Be sure to swirl the pot around every so often so that it doesn’t burn. Remove it from the heat and allow to cool and harden slightly in a bowl in the freezer for about 15 should look like this:[insert butter ]
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 and put liners into the cupcake pans.
  3. In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together the brown butter and sugar.
  4. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until combined
  5. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon.
  6. Alternately add the dry ingredients and milk in thirds to the butter mixture, making sure not to over mix the butter.
  7. Grate enough of the beef jerky to make about 5 tablespoons. Cut up the rest of the jerky into tiny pieces and add all of the jerky to the batter–stir well.
  8. Pour the batter into the cupcake liners. Bake the cakes for about 18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely.

Now the BBQ cream cheese:

adapted from multiple cream cheese recipes on

  • 8 oz cream cheese—softened
  • 1/4 c butter–softened
  • 1 c sifted powdered sugar
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 T BBQ sauce

In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in the bbq sauce and pinch of cinnamon, then gradually stir in the powdered sugar. Store in the fridge after work.

Ta da!!!! Now that I’m entered into the contest please please please VOTE FOR ME!!!! It’s a public contest, baker contest, and C & C contest. What that means is that the public can vote= the People’s Choice. All contestants get to vote on the other contestants = baker contest. And the final winner is chosen by the C & C Cakery. You can vote HERE!!

Voting is from November 21st to the 25th!!!

If you would like to donate to the cause, check out the Movember Charity Page to donate.

Check out the prize sponsors!

Thanks everybody!!! xoxoxo

UP NEXT: vegan snickerdoodle…surprisingly tasty for a non vegan : )


4 thoughts on “The Manliest Cupcake

  1. C&C Cakery says:

    This is insanity. You are insane. In such an amazing amazing way. In fact, you should come join us and we can bake supremely insane cupcakes TOGETHER.

    Thanks for entering the Manly Cupcake Contest. Good Luck!


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