If you don’t want a standard groom’s cake, opt for these crazy good groom’s cake cupcakes (HINT: they have beer in them)
Long ago, I was asked to make several cupcake flavors for a wedding. One of these flavors was to serve as the “groom’s cake” because they didn’t want a separate cake outside of the cupcake tower and mini cake that topped it. I set about trying to figure out proper cupcake flavor for a “groom’s cake.” What I came up with was kind of a beta test for the recipe I present to you now: The groom’s cake cupcakes. They are comprised of chocolate beer cupcakes filled with salted caramel, topped with salted caramel buttercream, and embellished with a chocolate-dipped pretzel. Go ahead. Take a moment, I understand.
Okay, are you with us? Good, because you’re going to want to make these ASAP, even with zero grooms on your guest list. The groom’s cake cupcakes start with my chocolate beer cupcake base and get a boost with bitter salted caramel. Caramel is really just sugar, butter and cream, so it’s easier to make than most people even realize. The key here is to make sure that you don’t burn the sugar but get it brown enough to be slightly “bitter.” I find this helps the presence of caramel in the frosting as well as allowing it to stand up to the strength of flavors in the chocolate beer cupcakes. Topping these groom’s cake cupcakes with a chocolate-dipped pretzel is better than icing on the cake; it’s the pretzel on the beer! I usually just dip a corner of a mini salted pretzel into melted dark chocolate. Easy peasy.
If you’ve got the time to devote, they are totally worth it.
If you’ve been toying around with trying my chocolate beer cupcakes, THE TIME IS NOW! Go for broke and make the groom’s cake cupcakes. There’s no scenario in my world where you could possibly regret this decision. One very important note: these are labor intensive. There’s no way around it. Although I think they’re fully worth it, this is a multi-step process. Proceed accordingly. 🙂