Monday, June 9, 2008

Beyond the Permafrosting

Originally from Athens Ohio, Skeletonwitch embodies everything I love about metal: Dark lyrics, fast guitars, and aesthetically pleasing album artwork.
I missed them the last time they played in Chicago, despite the helpful efforts of the left-handed guitarist's sister Stacy. They're playing here again soon, so I've cleared my calendar. I hope they like cupcakes, 'cause I plan on baking them a batch of these!

Nate, Chance,and Scott from Skeletonwitch enjoying Beyond the Permafrosting cupcakes with me and this kid I was going out with at the time:

For these cakes, I recommend a recipe originally posted by the brilliant cupcake queen Natalie over at Bake and Destroy. When she refers to them as "The Best Chocolate Cupcakes," she's not exaggerating.

Skeletonwitch: Beyond the Permafrosting Cupcakes

Makes 16

Metal Constituents:
  • 1 & 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder, sifted
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
For the Permafrosting:
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 4 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 Package Berry Blue Kool-Aid (unsweetened)
Merciless Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cupcake pan with paper liners.
  2. Mix together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, oil, egg, and vanilla until smooth.
  4. Alternately whisk in flour mixture and buttermilk until smooth.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Scoop batter into cupcake papers and bake 22-27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of one of the cakes, comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, before removing to a rack to cool completely.
  8. To make the Permafrosting: Beat sugar, butter, milk and Kool-Aid in a large bowl on low speed until well blended and smooth.
  9. Frost completely cooled cupcakes
  10. Enjoy this subzero torture under the black winter sky.
Here's some footage of Skeletonwitch playing "Beyond the Permafrost."


Natalie said...

I love Metalcakes. We should have a TV show together.

Porkloins said...

TV? I'm in! Our public access show will be the coolest!