Super Bowl XLVI Champion Cupcakes

The New York Giants won the Super Bowl XLVI with a score of 21–17.

Even though I am a Jet fan, I am celebrating tonight as a New Yorker. Plus cupcakes and football = fun so we all win! 🙂

To celebrate the Giants Super Bowl victory, Blue Velvet Giants Superbowl Cupcakes!

Super Bowl XLVI New York Giant Champion Cupcakes

Ingredients

For the Cupcakes

  • 1 box gluten free white or yellow cake mix
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cups coconut milk
  • 1/3 cups canola oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 bottles blue food coloring
  • 1 toothpick full violet food coloring gel/paste

For the Frosting

  • 1/2 cups vegan butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons coconut milk
  • red nonpareils
  1. Preheat oven to 325ºF. Mix cake mix, cocoa powder, eggs, oil and buttermilk together, starting with 30 seconds on low speed, then increasing to medium speed for 1 minute.
  2. Add in food coloring and beat for 1 minute more until totally blue and combined.
  3. Pour into 2 muffin tins lined with baking cups. Fill about 2/3 full.
  4. Bake for 16 – 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool.
  5. To make the frosting, beat the vegan butter.
  6. Add in sugar, 1 cup at a time, thinning out with milk as necessary. Beat in vanilla.
  7. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Congratulations New York Giants!

Kwegyirba Croffie is a freelance Associate Producer at News 12 Connecticut and a Special Events/Event Planning and Social Media Intern at College Lifestyles (TM). She is a Quinnipiac University alumni and a sister of Alpha Delta Pi. She enjoy cupcakes,Broadway musicals, Forever 21 ,giraffes, peacock feathers, orchids, lillies and anything Disney. (And proud to be a New Yorker!)

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Are You Ready For Some FOOTBALL!? – Super Bowl XLVI

IT’S SUPER BOWL SUNDAY! I’ve got just a few more recipes for you before Puppy Bowl VIII! (who can resist puppies!!)

At your Super Bowl Party, you may have some guests who aren’t fans of buffalo wings (why? who knows but they are out there). Why not tantalize their tastebuds with some Sweet and Spicy Baked Chicken Wings!

Sweet and Spicy Baked Chicken Wings

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds chicken wings and drums
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 
  • 1 cup honey, divided
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter, melted (Earth Balance)
  • 1/2 cup Frank’s Red Hot
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha (this stuff is HOT and I love it!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a large broiler pan with foil and place a metal rack on top of the foil. Spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Rinse the wings in cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Arrange wings on pan and season with pepper.
  4. Place wings in oven and set timer for 15 minutes. When the timer goes off, remove the wings from the oven and brush the wings with ½ cup honey. Be sure to glaze both side of the wings, using metal tongs to turn.
  5. Place wings back into the oven, set the timer for 30 minutes, and prepare the sauce.
  6. In a medium bowl, combine melted vegan butter, remaining 1/2 cup of honey, Frank’s Red Hot, Sriracha, cayenne, and garlic powder; whisk to combine.
  7. While the wings are baking, periodically baste both sides of the wings with the sauce (about every ten minutes). Once the timer goes off, turn up the heat up to 400º F and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  8. Serve with your favorite Super Bowl sides like some baked french fries!

HMMM…FRIES! You gotta have fries with wings! (Or at least I do!)

Garlicky Baked French Fries

Ingredients

  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 russet potatoes (about 8oz each), each cut into 12 wedges
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch/cornflour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 440° F. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside.
  2. Combine the garlic and oil in a large bowl (that has a lid) , warming it until the garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Transfer 5 tablespoons of the oil (leaving the garlic in the bowl) to the baking dish, coating it well.
  4. Add the potatoes to the bowl with the garlic mixture and toss to coat. Close the bowl tightly with the lid and microwave on high until the potatoes are translucent around the edges, 3 to 6 minutes, shaking the bowl to redistribute the potatoes halfway through cooking.
  5. Combine the cornstarch, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the hot potatoes and toss well to coat.
  6. Arrange the potatoes in a single layer on the baking sheet and bake, turning once, until deep golden brown and crisp, 30 to 40 minutes.
  7. Garnish with some fresh parsley.
  8. Serve with ketchup, or mayo or your favorite dipping sauce.

The countdown to game time has started. Puppy Bowl starts at 3:00pm ET and the main event SUPER BOWL XLVI begins at 6:30pm ET.

So, ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?!?! I know I am!

Kwegyirba Croffie is a freelance Associate Producer at News 12 Connecticut and a Special Events/Event Planning and Social Media Intern at College Lifestyles (TM). She is a Quinnipiac University alumni and a sister of Alpha Delta Pi. She enjoy cupcakes,Broadway musicals, Forever 21 ,giraffes, peacock feathers, orchids, lillies and anything Disney. (and she’s rooting for the Giants tonight!)

Football Cupcakes

These are perfect for your hungry Super Bowl crowd!

Football Cupcakes

These game day cakes are made up of a simple chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting and gingerbread cookie footballs on top! 

Simple Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose gluten free flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Mix everything together in a large bowl on medium-high speed until you get a thin batter.
  2. Line cupcake tin with 24 paper liners. Pour the batter into each liner, filling it 3/4 full.
  3. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cupcake comes out clean.
  4. Cool cupcakes on a wire rack before frosting.

Chocolate Frosting 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup softened vegan butter
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4-6 tablespoons coconut or almond milk
  1. Mix softened butter and cocoa powder together until it has becomes a thick brown paste.
  2. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk to the butter mixture and beat until all ingredients are incorporated and smooth.
  3. Add more milk if the frosting is too thick. The frosting should be creamy enough so that it can be piped out easily onto the cupcakes.
  4. Pipe about 3 tablespoons worth of frosting onto each cupcake. Set aside.

Gingerbread Football Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup softened vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose gluten free flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  1. In a large bowl, cream together the vegan butter and sugar until smooth. Stir in molasses and egg yolk. Combine the gf flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg; blend into the molasses mixture until smooth. Cover and chill for at least one hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to a 1/4″ thickness. Cut into 1-2 inch football shapes. (All you need is 24 football shaped cookies, you can use the rest of the dough for whatever you’d like- or freeze the dough and reuse for a later date).Place the cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350, until firm. Remove from cookie sheets and cool on wire racks.
  4. Use your favorite royal icing recipe and pipe laces across your gingerbread football cookies.
  5. Color some shredded coconut with green food coloring for “grass”. Top each Football Themed Cupcake with some “grass” and a Gingerbread Football Cookie.
  6. Present them at half-time and TOUCHDOWN YOU!

ENJOY!

Super Bowl XLVI Game Day Cocktail

Looking for a delicious Super Bowl XLVI cocktail? How about Game Day Margaritas? Tinted with your teams colors, these drinks are perfect for game day!

Game Day Margaritas 

Ingredients

For Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

For the Red Cocktail

  • 1/4 cup cranberry juice cocktail
  • 2 tablespoons (1 oz) silver tequila (clear)
  • 2 tablespoons (1 oz) orange-flavored liqueur
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Lemon wedge
  • Colored sugar

For the Blue Cocktail

  • 1/4 cup cranberry juice cocktail
  • 2 tablespoons (1 oz) silver tequila (clear)
  • 2 tablespoons (1 oz) blue Curacao
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Lemon wedge
  • Colored sugar
  1. To make simple syrup, mix sugar and water in 1-quart saucepan. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and set aside to cool, about 1 hour. Pour syrup into glass jar, cover jar and refrigerate until needed. Makes 1 1/4 cups (use 1 tablespoon per margarita).
  2. To prepare cocktail, add cranberry juice, tequila, orange-flavored liqueur, simple syrup and lemon juice to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Cover and shake. Rub rim of martini glass with lemon wedge; dip in sugar. Strain cocktail into glass. Repeat for the blue cocktail, using blue Curacao instead of the orange-flavored liqueur.

 

Pre Super Bowl XLVI

Tomorrow is the big day. Sunday. Super Bowl XLVI. No matter who you’re cheering for (The Giants) you definitely are going to need some game day goodies!! Whether you go with the traditional buffalo chicken wings or classic chips and dip, your grub has got to be gluten free/dairy free. So whether you’re hosting a super bowl bash or attending one, here are a few recipes!

Ok I admit I am a Jets fan BUT of course I will be cheering for The Giants on Sunday. I AM a New Yorker! GO GIANTS!

Buffalo Chicken Wings

I love my wings spicy. When I go to Buffalo Wild Wings and get their traditional wings, I always get a side of hot sauce. Make your wings as spicy as you like. Yes you can make wings without any kind of breading! And they are delicious! 

Ingredients

  • 20 chicken wings
  • 3/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce-Original or Hot Buffalo
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter (Earth Balance)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt to taste
  1. Heat vegetable oil to 360ºF (If you don’t have temperature gauge, heat to medium-high)
  2. Combine the hot sauce, vegan butter, peppers and salt in a bowl or pan with a tight fitting lid, set aside.
  3. Carefully submerse the wings in the hot oil, stir them around so they don’t stick to the sides, or to to each other.
  4. Cook for a total of about 15 minutes stirring occasionally, once they start to float to the top, let them cook for about 5 minutes more, until crispy and golden-brown
  5. “Shake” the wings of excess oil
  6. Put the wings into the bowl with the hot sauce ingredients.
  7. Seal the top tightly, and shake well.
  8. Serve hot with celery, and carrots.

How about a crunchy snack to gobble up during halftime and all those nail bitter moments?

Cinnamon Apple Halftime Mix

Ingredients

  • 5 cups Honey Nut or Cinnamon Chex cereal (or you can do half of each!)
  • 1 cup lightly salted whole almonds
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter (Earth Balance)
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped dried apples
  • 1/2 cup raisins or cranberries
  1. In large microwavable bowl, mix cereal and almonds.
  2. In 2-cup microwavable measuring cup, microwave vegan butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and cinnamon uncovered on High about 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute, until mixture is boiling; stir. Pour over cereal mixture, stirring until evenly coated. Microwave uncovered on High 3 minutes, stirring and scraping bowl after every minute. Stir in apples; microwave uncovered on High about 2 minutes or until apples just begin to brown on edges.
  3. Spread on waxed paper or foil to cool, about 5 minutes. Place in serving bowl; stir in raisins.
  4. If there are any leftovers, store in an air tight container to enjoy later.
These recipes are sure to get your game day off to the right start!