Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Introducing the Lemmy

This is a cupcake for beer drinkers and hellraisers, for fans of rock and roll, and more importantly, Lemmy and Jack Daniels.

I once presented Lemmy with a Jack Daniels cake and a giant bottle of JD on his birthday following another legendary gig at Hammersmith Odeon so it seemed fitting that I name a cupcake featuring his favourite tipple in his honour.

I have made some JD and coke cupcakes before following a recipe in a book where lounging on a set looking like Little Red Riding Hood appears to have been more important than recipes that resulted in flavoursome cupcakes so this time I went with a coca cola cake from Nigella, tweaked slightly and a chocolate and Jack Daniels frosting using my favourite chocolate frosting recipe. The Lemmy - aka the Jack Daniels and coke cupcake was born.

Then came a little twist.

I've been thinking of ways to ensure alcoholic cupcakes retain that boozy element. All too often they are disappointing.  If you bake it into the cake it bakes away. Make a sugar syrup with alcohol and it burns off, too much in the frosting can react badly with the sugar. My plan was instead to inject it into the sponge, but instead of injecting it in pre-frosting which can result in a soggy bottom, I decided instead to use a pipette featuring a shot of JD which you can inject into the base when you're about to eat it - giving the cupcake a good boozy kick and ensuring no soggy bottoms!

While the cake tasted fab with the JD shot in it I wasn't impressed with the coke cake by itself - it was rather bland, so next time I shall use my own recipe. Then again it wouldn't be a Lemmy cupcake without the Jack Daniels now would it?
Turn the stereo to 11, put on the Ace of Spades and enjoy \m/

Lemmy photographed at the Sheraton Park Tower,London, November 2010 Photograph: Levon Biss

Turn the stereo up to 11, bung on the Ace of Spades and enjoy \m/


Anonymous said...

So cool. That's like what a certain place wants to achieve but seems to not quite manage from what I've heard! But yours is more inventive :)

Sarah @Scrumptious Sally said...

I think the pipette of booze is genius and it looks really, really cool. That is all. Oh and also, the photos on this post are great!

the caked crusader said...

I saw a similar trick done on a Cupcake Wars - I think they filled straws with booze (your pipettes are better) and thought, "I need to do that one day". Glad it works!
I love booze in cupcakes - their size and sweetness ensures they can really carry off strong flavours

I heart cupcakes said...

Thanks :)

Sam - did they seal the straws somehow or just pour it in when they went to eat? I thought pipettes work cuz you can pre-fill then serve :)

Manny said...

I thought these cakes ROCKED, chocolate and JD, a perfect combination :) I have to say the photos look superb as well, well done all round my sweetheart xxx

Cakefairyblog said...

I love this pipette idea. Really practical but also looks cool. I definitely know what you about alcohol cupcakes, although I made some successful Martini buttercream a little while ago.

Belle said...

Pipette idea is absolutely fantastic!! I'm going to try that with Amaretto cupcakes this Christmas!!