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9.18.2013

DIY Candy Cupcake Toppers and (wait for it) Bacon Cupcakes

 
My husband's birthday is in September, and naturally, always falls around a Texas football game.  Luckily for me, Texas football is one of his favorite things in the world, so birthday party themes for him are a cinch.  (The part I can't control is if Texas wins or not, which fortunately or unfortunately depending on the year, will make or break his birthday party -- this year we were not so lucky.) 
 
But alas, this year we had a little football viewing get together for his birthday, and we needed some Longhorn-themed elements.  I found this delicious looking recipe on Pinterest, and since my husband loves bacon, I had to give it a try.  The recipe is called "The King" Cupcakes, and can be found here at The Disney Diner.  Basically, it's a chocolate fudge cupcake filled with banana cream, topped with peanut butter frosting, caramelized bacon crumbled on top, with a chocolate garnish.  And yes, they were exactly as good as they sound and look (see below).
 
The cool part was how I made the chocolate garnish, which was a Longhorn (Bevo) candy.  When digging out the Longhorn-themed gear for party prep, I came across a silicone ice cube tray that makes little Longhorn-shaped ice cubes.  I hypothesized that this would work nicely as a candy mold, but wasn't completely sold that it would work, as the little Bevo horns would be very small and delicate.  If you know any Longhorn fans, you know it would be a sacrilege to serve Bevo-shaped anything with horns broken off (trust me, I have had to forfeit many a Longhorn-shaped sugar cookie that doesn't make it off the cookie sheet intact for this reason).
 
I bought the easy microwave meltable chocolate candy coating squares, and after melting, spread into the ice cube tray.  Didn't do anything fancy or worry about much of a mess (see image above)... the main goal was to try and fill the cubes completely due to the small horn parts.  I didn't want to leave bubbles.  After doing this, I popped them into the freezer for a few minutes to reset, and they came out perfectly!  The silicone pulled right off of the shapes really easily and without any stick, which resulted in almost no horn breakage.  Hello new cupcake topper idea!  I will be on the lookout for shaped silicone ice cube trays from now on.
 
Here's how the cupcakes turned out:

 

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