I LOVE watching hockey and am a big Nashville Predators fan. I think the NHL Playoff season is the most wonderful time of the year, so of course I had to celebrate the only way I know how (no, not by screaming and cursing at the TV)—with cake! Here’s how you can make your own Stanley Cup Cakes (this will make about four):
1 batch of your favorite brownie batter (mixed up according to directions; my recipe is here)
4 long cake pop sticks
1 round cookie cutter (about 3 inches in diameter)
a large frosting tip (I used this to make the cone shape under the cup)
a mini cupcake pan
about a cup of buttercream frosting
silver edible food spray (I used Duff’s)
a lot of patience
Pour use a 1” cookie scoop or a tablespoon to fill four cups of your mini cupcake tin 3/4 of the way full with brownie batter. You don’t use paper liners for this one, so if your mini cupcake tin isn’t non-stick, be sure to grease it with butter or cooking spray. These will be the cups on the trophy.
Pour the rest of the brownie batter into a 9x9 baking pan lined with parchment paper. Bake the brownies according to the recipe’s directions (taking care not to overbake—the mini cupcakes will be done quicker than the pan of brownies, so keep an eye on them).
Once all the brownies are completely baked, allow them to cool completely before moving on (trust me).
Remove the brownies from the pans. Use a serrated knife to slice off the very top of the brownies from the mini cupcake tin so they’re flat on top. Scoop out the insides so you have a cup shape (go ahead and eat the scraps, you deserve a snack). Set aside.
Cut 8 round brownies from the pan of brownies and set aside. Use the scraps and the large frosting tip to make four cone-shaped brownie pieces, which will be the part that goes between the base of the trophy and the cup. Set all pieces aside.
To start building the Stanley Cups, take one round brownie and place the cake pop stick in the center of it. put a little frosting on top of the brownie and then place the second round piece on top of that. Frost the top of that piece, as well as the sides. It doesn’t have to be perfect, this is the crumb coat. Another coat of frosting will be added later.
Place the cone piece on next, frost again, and finally, place the cup on top. Add a thin layer of frosting to the cup and refrigerate for at least 20-30 minutes, until all the frosting has set up.
Add another thin layer of frosting to the trophy, making it as smooth as you can. The more brownie you can cover up, the better. Refrigerate again.
Finally, spray with your silver edible food coloring until you’ve reached the desired shade of silver. Then eat!
Hockey! The greatest game in the land! (Go, Preds!)