Monday, September 21, 2009

Cupcake the Gorgon

So there's this band from around here called Lair of the Minotaur. Their intent is to make heavy-fucking-metal based on the bloodiest tales in Greek Mythology.
Not only have they successfully achieved this goal, but they've also captured my metal heart in the process. They are absolutely, without a doubt, one of my very favorite local bands.
The video for "War Metal Battle Master" from their latest album of the same name, premiered when the Horror Society Film Festival was here. Awesome!
They also have a burger named after them at the always popular Kuma's Corner burger joint.
It features Caramelized Onions, Pancetta, Brie, and Bourbon Soaked Pears. I'm not exactly sure how those toppings make it a Lair of the Minotaur burger (they're from Chicago, not France or Italy), but it seems to be a popular burger nonetheless. And Kuma's is always a fun place to hang out at. I recommend the waffle fries and as many types of beer as your liver will let you try.

Oh, and in case you're not quite sure, a Gorgon is a monster of the underworld from Greek Mythology. "Gorgos" means terrible in Greek. Medusa was one of 3 Gorgons that did not possess immortality.

To honor Lair of the Minotaur and their brutal contribution to my local metal scene, I give you:

Lair of the Minotaur: Cupcake the Gorgon

Metal Constituents

Vanilla Batter:
  • 2 2/3 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 7 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons dark rum

Chocolate Batter:
  • 2 Tablespoons dark rum
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 oz bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 2 cups vanilla batter

For the Frosting:
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • green food coloring

For the Chocolate Snakes:
  • 2 cups chocolate chips, melted

Merciless Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees, line a cupcake tin with baking cups and set aside
  2. Make the vanilla batter first: In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir well by hand to mix.
  3. Add butter and mix on low speed until it becomes a smooth, heavy paste (about 1 to 2 minutes)
  4. Whisk the eggs and rum together
  5. With the mixer on medium speed, beat 1/3 of the egg mixture into the flour and butter mixture. Continue beating for about 1 minute
  6. Stop the mixer, add 1/2 of the leftover egg mixture, and beat for 2 minutes
  7. Repeat with the rest of the egg mixture
  8. For the chocolate batter: combine rum, milk, and baking soda in a medium sized mixing bowl
  9. Add chocolate, whisk mixture well
  10. Add 2 cups of the vanilla batter, mix well
  11. Scoop about 3 Tablespoons of each batter into opposite sides of each baking cup
  12. Once all cups have been filled with each batter, take a chop stick and swirl the two batters together slightly. Only go around the cup about 3 times.
  13. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean
  14. Allow cupcakes to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing them to a rack to cool completely
  15. To make the frosting: Use an electric mixer to beat the butter until it's creamy
  16. Add milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar
  17. Beat on low speed until light and fluffy
  18. Add green food coloring until desired shade of gorgon skin is achieved
  19. Frost completely cooled cakes
  20. To make the chocolate snakes: line a large plate or baking sheet with wax paper
  21. Melt chocolate chips in microwave for 30 seconds, stir
  22. Repeat microwaving at 15 second intervals, stirring each time until chocolate chips are melted and smooth
  23. Fill a squeeze bottle or pastry bag (fitted with a small tip), with the melted chocolate
  24. Pipe chocolate onto wax paper in the shape of several snakes
  25. Place plate or baking sheet full of snakes into the freezer, and allow chocolate to harden for about 15-20 minutes
  26. Place snakes into frosting to make your cupcake look like a gorgon
  27. Enjoy your Demoness of the Grotesque

Here's some live footage featuring Larry of the Minotaur:


Price said...

Yay another MetalCakes! As usual, the recipe sounds deliciously brutal. I like that you're giving love to the locals!

gordon said...

Truely these cupcakes are fit for the gods.

Porkloins said...

Thanks Kids!

Shannon said...