2 Broke Girls is a series about two young women waitressing at a greasy spoon diner strike up an unlikely friendship in the hopes of launching a successful cupcake business – if only they can raise the cash. In season 2, episode 9 they finally get their own store, which eventually closed a couple episodes later. But I bet it had nothing to do with the cupcakes they sold because Max’s Homemade Cupcakes makes some of the best quality cupcakes in Brooklyn. Max makes the usual cupcakes like vanilla and chocolate but also developed some of her own flavours. One of them is the Chicken and Waffle Cupcake (The Ludacris Special), and I’ve got the recipe for you!
This recipe makes 12 delicious cupcakes.
What you’ll need:
For the cakes:
- 315 gr flour
- 3 gr baking soda
- 5 gr baking powder
- 5 gr (sea) salt
- 120 gr butter, room temperature
- 225 gr sugar
- 3 large whole eggs plus 2 egg yolks, room temperature
- 240 gr buttermilk, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 80 gr maple syrup (optional)
For the maple syrup frosting:
- 58 gr butter, softened
- 80 gr maple syrup
- 350 gr powdered sugar
- 12 waffle pieces
- 12 chicken nuggets
- Maple syrup to drizzle
How to make and bake:
- Preheat the oven to 175°C or 350°F. And line a cupcake pan with 12 cupcake liners.
- Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Make sure that the baking soda and salt don’t come in direct contact with each other. Set it off to the side.
- On medium-high speed cream together the butter and sugar until the mixture is pale and fluffy.
- Once combined, add the whole eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add the egg yolks and beat until well combined.
- Add the flour mixture in three parts, alternating with two additions of buttermilk. So that is flour-buttermilk-flour-buttermilk-flour. Mix well after each addition on a low speed.
- Add in the vanilla extract.
- But the batter into the cupcake liners, for about three-quarters of the way up.
- Bake for about 20 minutes, until you can put a skewer or toothpick into it and it comes out dry.
- Lift them onto wire racks to cool completely.
- This is optional, but you can use a food injector to insert roughly a teaspoon of maple syrup into the centre of each cooled cupcake.
- In a small bowl, beat together the butter and the maple syrup until well combined.
- In small parts at a time, beat in the powdered sugar until the frosting is smooth. If necessary you can add some extra maple syrup or milk if the consistency is too thick.
- Ice and decorate the cupcakes by piping a ring of frosting onto each. With a toothpick or wooden pick, skewer a chicken nugget and waffle piece together, then slide the pick into the top of the cupcake. Drizzle the top with a bit of maple syrup.