Just because we’re guys doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a cupcake now and then. But when we crave a little cake in a cup, we don’t want it covered in pink frosting and sprinkles. We want liquor and bacon. With a camouflage chocolate on top. A manly cupcake we can be proud to bite into at a tailgate party or barbecue.
But those can be hard to find, since most bakeries seem to cater to the more feminine cupcake aficionado. Thankfully there are a few pastry masters out there who understand our tastes, and have responded with a selection of baked goodness that earned the right to be called “manly.” Here’s who to call to supply dessert for your holiday party, or just for when you’ve got a hankering for a beer-soaked, bacon-topped, mancake:
Bleeding Heart Bakery
Located in Chicago, this local favorite features their unique “punk rock pastry” including their famous tattoo cakes and their manly meat and booze cupcakes that come in flavors like Tequila and Lime, Irish Car Bomb, Pizza (stuffed w provolone, marinara sauce and italian sausage), Pancakes and Bacon, BBQ Pork, Corn Dog (corn cake filled with Vienna sausages and ketchup). Forget firing up the grill for the barbecue, just break out a dozen of these bad boys.
Any place that sells t-shirts urging you to “Eat Cupcakes. Drink Beer. Riot.” definitely knows how to make a manly cupcake. And if you’re handy with a mixer, you can buy their cupcake cook book and whip up a batch of your own.
Located in NYC, and built to cater to a guy’s unique sweet tooth, the Butch Bakery’s MANifesto states: “We’re men. Men who like cupcakes. Not the frilly pink-frosted-sprinkles-and-unicorns kind of cupcakes. We make manly cupcakes for manly men.” Amen, brothers.
They bake up 12 varieties including:
Beer Run: chocolate beer cake with beer-infused buttercream topped with crushed pretzels.
Old-Fashioned: orange-soaked whiskey cake with lemon curd filling
Rum & Coke: rum-soaked Madagascar vanilla cake with cola Bavarian cream filling.
And yes, they all contain actual alcohol… these are not for minors. Every mancake comes topped with a decorative chocolate disk in your choice of 6 guy styles: Woodland Camo, Wood Grain, Houndstooth, Plaid, Checkerboard or Marble. FTW, heart-shaped sprinkles.
Right now they only deliver to Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn in NY. But they say they will be shipping nationwide soon. And it’s not soon enough.$48/dozen
For the Love of Cake
Up in the Great White North, they love them some hockey, some moose, and some booze-infused cupcakes. At the For the Love of Cake Bakery in Toronto, they deliver with 3 different liquor-heavy Mancakes, and one for us bacon lovers:
Stout Spice, features spice cake flavored with orange zest and Guinness topped with a stout glaze and a candied orange peel.
Maple Bacon, is a maple and bacon flavoured cupcake filled with blueberries and topped with a maple frosting and bacon bits.
Guinness Chocolate, is a chocolate cupcake flavored with Guinness beer, filled with an Irish whiskey chocolate ganache and topped with cream cheese frosting and chocolate shavings.
and the Black Forest is a chocolate cupcake filled with a splash of Kirsch brandy and sour cherries and topped with more cherries and a dollop of vanilla butter cream.
You do not want to get pulled over driving with these in the car.
For the Love of Cake does not ship to the US, so if you live here and want a beer mancake, you’ll have to make friends with someone in TO and have them send them on down. Which is well worth the cost.