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Originally published January 31, 2012 at 3:02 PM | Page modified January 31, 2012 at 7:19 PM

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Recipe: Super Bowl Cupcakes

This cupcake recipe is geared for the Super Bowl crowd.

For The Associated Press

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These are not your girlfriend's cupcakes. There is no frilly pastel frosting piped on top. They are not delicate. They are not pretty.

They are big, bold, manly and totally down for a Super Bowl spread.

Since ease is key for Super Bowl feasts, we decided to start with a chocolate cake mix. To man-it-up, we made them big and added beer. And instead of pretty buttercream frosting, we're dabbed and smeared whiskey frosting all over them. If you like, garnish with salted peanuts, pretzels or crushed malted milk balls.

You also could make giant cupcakes; you just need an oversized muffin pan (sold at most kitchen shops). You'll need to cook larger cupcakes longer (timing will vary depending on the size).

But whatever you do, don't you dare add sprinkles.

Super Bowl Cupcakes

Makes 24 cupcakes

For the cupcakes:

1 cup dark beer, such as stout

1/3 cup sour cream

1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil

3 eggs

1 package (18.5-ounce) moist chocolate cake mix

For the frosting:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

3 cups powdered sugar

1/4 cup whiskey

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the toppings (use any or all):

Salted peanuts

Pretzels

Crushed malted milk balls

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray 24 muffin regular cups with cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the beer, sour cream, oil, eggs and cake mix. Mix until thoroughly combined and smooth, about 2 minutes. Spoon into the prepared muffin cups and bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted at the center comes out clean. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to finish cooling.

3.While the cupcakes cool, make the frosting. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together the butter, sugar, whiskey and vanilla until smooth and fluffy, about 4 to 5 minutes.

4. When the cupcakes have cooled, add a smear of frosting to the tops, then sprinkle with your choice of toppings.

Nutrition information per serving (not counting toppings) (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 280 calories; 150 calories from fat (51 percent of total calories); 17 g fat (6 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 50 mg cholesterol; 32 g carbohydrate; 2 g protein; 1 g fiber; 190 mg sodium.

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