My husband’s birthday is in September, and naturally, always falls around a Texas football game. Luckily for me, Texas football is one of his favorite things in the world, so birthday party themes for him are a cinch. (The part I can’t control is if Texas wins or not, which fortunately or unfortunately depending on the year, will make or break his birthday party — this year we were not so lucky.)
But alas, this year we had a little football viewing get together for his birthday, and we needed some Longhorn-themed elements. I found this recipe for Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Bacon Frosting from Lena’s Lunchbox, and since my husband loves bacon, I had to give it a try. And yes, they were exactly as good as they sound and look (see below).
The cool part was how I made the chocolate garnish, which was a Longhorn (Bevo) candy. When digging out the Longhorn-themed gear for party prep, I came across a silicone ice cube tray that makes little Longhorn-shaped ice cubes. I figured that this would work nicely as a candy mold, but wasn’t completely sold that it would work, as the little Bevo horns would be very small and delicate. If you know any Longhorn fans, you know it would be a sacrilege to serve Bevo-shaped anything with horns broken off (trust me, I have had to forfeit many a Longhorn-shaped sugar cookie that doesn’t make it off the cookie sheet intact for this reason).
I bought chocolate candy melts, and after melting, spread into the ice cube tray. I didn’t worry about making a mess (see image above)… the main goal was to try and fill the cubes completely due to the small horn parts and not to leave bubbles.
The great thing about silicone is that you can stretch and shake it to get all the candy to sink into each nook and cranny. I also bounced it against the counter a few times to allow for any bubbles to float to the top. After doing this, I used a spatula to squeegee the excess chocolate from the top before popping them into the freezer for a few minutes to reset.
The silicone pulled right off of the shapes really easily and without any stick, which resulted in almost no horn breakage. Hello new cupcake topper idea! I will be on the lookout for different shaped silicone ice cube trays from now on to use for a number of themed toppers.
Here’s how the cupcakes turned out: