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Posted October 24, 2011
Manly and delicious!
The dictionary defines "butch" as "manlike or masculine in appearance or behavior, typically aggressively or ostentatiously so." So while other cupcakes are covered with pink sprinkles and what-not, The Butch Bakery Cookbook shows you how to make cupcakes that the man in your life will love... If he's man enough. The author, David Arrick is a former personal trainer and lawyer who felt the call to cook, but didn't want to make the typical pink frosted cupcakes, so he came up with an idea that would appeal to masculine tastes. The handsomely photographed and cleanly-designed cookbook starts off with a "Dessert for Dudes" introduction that walks guys through the tools, techniques, and all the manly ingredients they'll need to create these masterpieces of machismo. Chapters are broken down by themes men can relate to, such as, Working, Touchdown, Barbecue Season, and Couples Night Out. Each chapter of The Butch Bakery Cookbook includes several cleverly-named recipes, with often outrageous and imaginative ingredients -- including a wide variety of spirits. The cupcakes are sophisticated, and often topped with his trademark chocolate disks, with patterns like plaids, wood grain, and houndstooth (the book explains in detail how to make your own disks). The "B-52," is a Kahlua-soaked yellow cake topped with Bailey's buttercream and a colorful camouflauge disk. I know my husband would love the Kick-Off, a moist carrot-pineapple cupcake, with vanilla "spiked" cream cheese frosting. The apple-pie-themed Sweet Mama is a delicious show-stopper. And, the Camp Out cupcake is a graham cracker and vanilla-cinnamon cupcake, swirled with milk chocolate, and topped with marshmallow that's been toasted, almost like a creme brulee. Mr. Arrick has come up with an excellent concept and has done an inspiring job in creating and branding his specialties and I'm glad I now have a chance to make the treats from The Butch Bakery, since I don't live in New York!
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