The thing that is going to catch your eye when you glance at The Butch Bakery Cookbook is that the cupcake on the cover is garnished with crispy chunks of bacon. You might be slightly turned off by this, thinking that you prefer your cupcakes to be topped with sprinkles. You might also get excited, thinking that not only does salty bacon on top of a sweet cupcake sound like a great idea, but that this book offers something different than other cupcake-centric cookbooks. If your thought is the latter one, than this is a cookbook that might be right up your alley.
The cookbook has a theme of “manly” cupcakes and baking. This is because the author opened his bakery with that same idea in mind: few bakeries were catering to men’s tastes in cupcakes even though men definitely wanted to eat dessert. The bakery was a success and eventually spawned this cookbook, which sticks to the theme carefully. The introduction starts out with a “boot camp” to give a crash course in baking techniques. The ingredient lists are “rosters” and the recipes are “plans of attack,” which makes the book stand out from the crowd. The result of this theme is that the book is quite funny to read through with lots of alternately humorous and useful baking tips and notes on this theme.
Just because the book is written with a “manly” angle, doesn’t mean that everyone can’t enjoy this cookbook. Advice on setting up your kitchen aside, the recipes are fun and innovative, delivering cupcakes with big, bold flavor combinations that you won’t see just anywhere. You’ll find Chocolate Stout Cupcake with Vanilla Stout Buttercream and Chocolate Covered Pretzels, B-52 Cupcakes, and the “Home Run Cupcakes,” which are peanut butter cupcakes with banana buttercream and brown sugar-baked bacon bits. The recipes themselves, which are divided into chapters by theme, are easy to follow along with (in spite of the theme) and the baking tips will help you through any problem areas that you encounter as you put together the recipes. There are plenty of excellent photos to inspire you to get in the kitchen and “play ball”, as well.