The Butch Bakery Cookbook
The Butch Bakery Cookbook is NOT your mother’s cupcake cookbook. Butch Bakery does cupcakes like nobody else. There are no pretty sparkles, delicate flowers, pastel colors, or cutesy designs here. Instead, you’ll find big flavors and favorite ingredients used in bold new combinations for seriously delicious results. These grown-up desserts are packed with hardy flavors like bacon, rum, espresso, and cayenne pepper. The potent “B-52” is imbued with Baileys Irish Cream and KahlÃºa; the “Really Hot Dog” is a devil’s food cupcake made diabolical with a dose of hot chili powder; and the “Old-Fashioned” is infused with whiskey and Angostura bitters. If you want truly amazing desserts that break the mold and excite the taste buds, The Butch Bakery Cookbook delivers cupcakes made with dude-inspired flavors and ingredients.
Cooks&Books&Recipes Featured Cook Sheri:
I admit: I was a little bit skeptical about The Butch Bakery Cookbook. The premise behind the book is adult-themed, manly cupcakes: big, bold flavors, hold the Disco Dust and pink frosting. I get it. But the idea is one thing; execution is a whole other ballgame (so to speak).
The book is arranged into thematic sections. For example, there’s a chapter on festive cupcakes that would go well with a barbecue (I’ve got the “Mojito” bookmarked), and there’s also one on baseball-themed treats. I like that there’s even a smattering of recipes dedicated to making Butched-up cupcakes on the fly using pre-made cake mixes. All of the goodies in the book have cute, descriptive names (the “Beer Run” appealed to me: chocolate stout cupcake, stout buttercream, topped with chocolate-covered pretzels).
Did I mention that this cookbook contains gorgeous photos? Another plus, and as I browsed through the book, my skepticism began to melt. The flavors are interesting and varied, and the recipes are well laid out. I like a cookbook that has a clean, easy-to-read design.
I zeroed in on the “Rush Hour” cupcake: stout-spiked gingerbread topped with a zingy ginger buttercream — see my review below. I can’t wait to try more of the cupcakes. Besides the ones I’ve already mentioned, I’m dying to make the “Old Fashioned” (orange, with Angostura bitters — genius!). And I have a request to make the “Root Beer Float.” I’m eager to dive in for some more.
Ready to try some recipes from the Butch Bakery cookbook?
We suggest that you try the Rush Hour cupcakes recipe first.