My gentleman had a birthday this past weekend. He is now the big 2-7 and I continue in my cougar status, though saying we're 27 and 30 (almost 31) feels better than when we were 24 and 28. (No srsly the gentleman has been around that long already - weird, right?)
We had a party. We had lots of beer. I had lots of rum. I made Sideline Smokies and we learned the next morning what happens if you leave them in the crockpot on low overnight because you forgot to turn it off (they get really shriveled, like at 7-11).
I made some black-bottom cupcakes, but I also found this fun recipe on Pinterest. And because my gentleman accidentally gave it a thumbs-up when I texted it to him, I made them. I'm going to just start this off with the photo because they're beautiful.
OK now that you have seen how beautiful they are, and how neatly mashed potatoes can be piped onto a corn muffin cupcake, I have to tell you they were apparently not delicious. BUT COOL, RIGHT? And that's half the battle.
So this is what it is: a corn muffin mix, with some blue cheese and hot sauce mixed in, baked in mini cupcake pans. Topped with mashed potatoes. Topped with a piece of a buffalo chicken wing. Garnished with some hot sauce and more blue cheese.
I will not be making these again, no. BUT THEY ARE SO COOL.
Hot Wing Cupcakes
Teacher By Day, Chef By Night
Adapted from The Cupcake Project
1 package Corn Bread Muffin mix (& everything that your mix needs: milk, egg, butter)
Instant Mashed Potatoes (& the things you need for that: milk, water, butter)
1/2 dozen Frozen Chicken Nuggets (or tenders or wings OR make your own)
Frank's Hot Sauce (to taste)
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese (to taste)
2 Tablespoons Ranch Dressing
2 tablespoons Sour Cream
Follow the directions on your package to cook your Corn Bread Muffins (and throw about a 1/2 teaspoon of hot sauce on top of each uncooked corn bread to give that some kick). Go ahead and stick a chunk (or 5) of Blue Cheese right into the center of your uncooked batter to have a hidden burst of Blue Cheese in the middle!
Make your instant mashed potatoes (according to package directions). Once they are done, add the ranch and some sour cream (and maybe some milk) until you get them the consistency of really thick frosting or something that you can easily pipe on top of your cupcakes
Bake your chicken of choice (according to package directions) & then toss in your hot sauce.
Drizzle some hot sauce on top of your cupcakes, then top with a piece of chicken. Carefully put some Blue Cheese on top of the cupcakes as well (and maybe even some more hot sauce if you are feeling crazy).
Yield: 6 big cupcakes or 12 mini cupcakes