Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Ides of March Bloody Caesar Cupcakes

Julius Caesar served as my introduction to Shakespeare; at the tender age of 11 The Bard took hold of me and has still not let me out of his clutches. And while it’s not my favorite of his plays (that honor goes to The Winter’s Tale and oh sure, while I have you here — which one do you like best? Oh, you’re a sonnets gal? I’ll be out on the balcony whenever you’re ready!), old Julius and his frenemies will forever hold a special place in my heart and mind. Which is why every year on 15 March, I find myself becoming unreasonably thrilled by the calendar and have to give myself a stern talking to about why it’s simply not OK to show up to the office in a stola.

Sometimes I even get hepped up on the Ides of other months, just for the fun of it.

I was nattering about thematic baked goods to a friend over the weekend, and was rewarded for my babble by having an Ides challenge thrust at me (better than a dagger I suppose?): Make a Bloody Caesar cupcake.

I've made savory cupcakes before and thought about using a tomato soup muffin recipe as the base for a proper Bloody Caesar cupcake, but to be totally honest with you I can't get past the overwhelming gagosity of a Clamato cupcake, so.

Instead of dry heaving my way through a recipe that actually just sounds gross, here's what I came up with by way of a Bloody Caesar cupcake: A red velvet cupcake featuring a raspberry sauce filling (so it will ooze blood, get it?!) with cream cheese frosting, decorated with a garland of green laurel leaf piping and a wee dagger cake topper.

I’ve linked my favorite recipes for each of the elements throughout, along with a tutorial on how to use a leaf tip for piping. I bid you good luck in your baking endeavors and, of course, leave you with a stern warning to BEWARE.

Jolie Kerr is celebrating Women’s History Month by pondering the evil that men do over a bowlful of batter.

Photo base via TFN

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I come to bury Caesar, not to bake him.


The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their buns.


I et two-brule!


Nutrition should be made of sterner stuff.


Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; bring him a cupcake.

Barbara Gordon

MacBeth cupcakes:
Double double toil and trouble, oven bake and frosting bubble.

Jolie Kerr

Oh drat, Barbara, you beat me to it! (Figures I would head into an hourlong meeting three minutes before this was posted, humph.) Anyway, I saw these and was all "ALSKHFSLK NEXT UP, MACBETH CUPCAKES!"


I adore this post and everything about it, but I especially love the cake daggers.


Those look scrumptious! Imagine my disappoint though when it has cream cheese frosting. Nooooo. I know this will have Hairpinners up in arms, but I can't do the cream cheeses.

Jolie Kerr

Hey it's totally fine! Cream cheese is traditional for red velvet, but you could absolutely swap in buttercream if that's more to your taste.



i would marry cream cheese if it was socially acceptable!

Jolie Kerr

thundacunt, I support your wishes for a marriage that deviates from the norm, I do.

Katie Walsh

Can I polygamy-marry you and cream cheese frosting? I asked for a marble cake with cream cheese frosting for my 6th birthday (what a weirdo).


A Jolie recipe without booze? I haz a sad.


No, don't be sad! Jolie just forgot to tell us which bourbon goes best with these cupcakes. (Right, Jolie?!?)

Jolie Kerr

Actually I think you should drink some watered down wine (you know what would do the trick? ICE CUBES.) with these because that's what the Romans drank.


What's the best baked good for King Lear? My really nerdy ... friend ... needs to know for ... research purposes.


Um... Not sure. Something in individual portions, so no one has to share. Here's a really yummy recipe, if you want to try a Shakespeare recipe. It's from Titus Andronicus.

tea tray in the sky.

As pies to wanton boys are we to the gods;
They eat us with their spork.


Well, now I have a dream of successfully turning a bloody mary into a cupcake. Also more Jolie recipes on the Hairpin pleeze!


Yes I have a (constant) hankering for macarons, especially pistachio macarons. They're green and guess what's in two days? An excuse to eat a box of pistachio macarons!

Jolie Kerr

@thatsreadbutter: Your wish is my command. Also, I will work on a bloody mary muffin for you, sound good? It was just the Clamato that was tripping me up because BLEEERRRGGG CLAMATO.


Joy! I feel as though a genoise-type strategy could be used in this bloody mary venture. Like make a tomato muffin and soak it in some sort of infused vodka? It could also be terrible!

Miles Klee

Let me clear up what you were all wondering about: I was the friend she was babbling at.

Tyler Coates

It's almost as if she wrote this just for you!

Miles Klee

Should I mention she also did it out of territoriality because I told her I had enjoyed another woman's Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes and that she should STEP UP HER GAME?

Tyler Coates

I'm surprised you still have the fingers enabling you to type comments.

Jolie Kerr

All of this is true. Miles Klee is an inspiration and master manipulator.


Miles, that is the least surprising thing EVER.

Art Yucko

The Pains of Being Pure at Cupcake.


At the risk of bringing up an overly delicate subject, the current state of affairs between Ms. Kerr and the editors of the big brother to this site have had me in a STATE OF ANXIETY that I can't quite explain. I am glad to see I will still be able to read Ms. Kerr's work here.


Shhh don't bring it up it may facilitate a detente. More Jolie postings on Hairpin, the better for us.


Stola! Stola! Stola!


Can't wait to try to make these, love the idea!

King Lear and The Tempest beat the everliving shit out of A Winter's Tale, though. In fact, I'd back Lear against any other work in the Western canon.


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