Birthday Guy’s Selection: Champagne Chocolate Cupcakes for a Tottenham Fan

Why do men love football so much?

The answer more than likely combines two main reasons: men watch football for entertainment. Football provides an exciting source of stimulating amusement. It is a pleasant diversion and distraction from their boring manly routines in life. (What else could they do when the women cook, wash, look after children and actually do something useful???).  Secondly I think men watch football to meet deeply rooted psychological needs and desires as it can offer so much more than a TV programme or an afternoon out. Like good therapy, football satisfies many psychological and social needs in the lives of men. It satisfies man bonding. Many males play football during their childhood so it provides good connection between fathers and sons, and later – built on mutual memories – between male friends. Football provides a some meaning in an unfair society where everyone has to play by the rules and everyone is equal. And although it does reinforce gender stereotypes, at least it gives men something to talk about…

“Football is like life – it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work,  sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.”

“People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football  defences, or the problems of modern society.”

Vince  Lombardi

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Why do men love cupcakes so much?

This question is significantly easier to answer: because cupcakes taste divine and men are…Oink! Oink!

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Cupcake Ingredients

400 g white  granulated sugar
200 g unbleached all-purpose flour
90 g unsweetened dark cocoa powder
1 1/2  Teaspoon baking  powder
1 1/2  Teaspoon baking  soda
1 Teaspoon salt
2 Large eggs
240 ml whole  milk
120 ml vegetable oil
2 Teaspoon vanilla extract
120 ml boiling water
120 ml champagne

Champagne Frosting
180-200 g unsalted  butter
450 g confectioners sugar
7 tbsp champagne

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Preparation
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two 12-hole cupcake pans with the liners of  choice. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt  together in a large bowl. Set aside. Add the eggs, vanilla, oil and milk and beat until well combined on the  medium speed of an electric mixer. Add champagne. Beat on low until completely  combined. Next, using a wooden spoon, stir the boiling water into the batter.   Carefully fill each cupcake liner with the batter, just under the 3/4 of case per  cupcake. Bake for 20 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted into the centre comes out  clean. Once cooled, before frosting, cut the top of cupcake, fill with Chantilly cream and place top back on.
To make the frosting
For the frosting cream together the sugar, butter. Beat in the vanilla. Beat  in each tablespoon of champagne, one at the time.

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