The holidays are here which means you’re probably busy planning parties or at least working hard to come up with ideas for what to cook and bake for all your guests! If you’re looking for something unique and geeky to bring to the table this year, then meet The Official DC Super Hero Cookbook—Deluxe Edition!
The cookbook features more than 100 pages of recipes and styling ideas inspired by characters from DC Comics. Released this fall, it’s an updated version of the original official cookbook from 2013 that comes with stencils, cookie cutters, cardboard cutouts, and 60 plus recipes. Author and stylist Matthew Mead returned to work on the expanded cookbook and told Geek & Sundry in an email interview some of the new things people can expect from this revised version.
“We added some more healthy, hearty entrees (like the Hawkgirl Veggie Fritters and Batcave Chicken Stew), some awesome, easy cakes (the Metropolis Layer Cake and Batman Blackout Cake), and really beefed up the super hero party section,” Mead said. “Plus there are lots of suggestions for using the shaped cookie cutters that come with the deluxe edition (for sandwiches and garnishes as well as cookies).”
The cookbook breaks down the recipes into sections so you can easily flip right to what you’re looking for like breakfast foods or desserts. There are a lot of options to choose from, all incorporating some hero whether it be Wonder Woman or Plastic Man!
“A lot of the recipes are very easy to recreate. It’s the styling, colors, or shapes that makes them special. For example, the Green Energy Sandwich is mozzarella, avocado, and pesto sauce on French bread, but it’s awesome because we stenciled the Green Lantern logo onto the cheese. And the Up, Up and Away Parfait is layered yogurt and berries—but the yogurt is blue and yellow,” Mead said. “The Metropolis Layer Cake is definitely a show-stopper. Every kid who sees that wants it for his or her birthday. And The Batcave Chicken Stew is more complicated—it’s a really tasty one-dish meal that’s served in a pumpernickel boule so it’s almost like you’re eating out of the Batcave.”
So what advice does Mead offer for how you can add some of the DC universe specifically to your holiday party plans?
“Well, using the cookie cutters that come with the deluxe edition will make your holiday cookies pretty unique and wonderful—and a very special gift. We use a lot of action figures in our food styling in the book, and they make for a fun and festive table. The book comes with stencils and character cut-outs that are also great for decorating serving dishes as well as gift bags and boxes,” he said.
To help you get started on your super hero food adventure, try making that marvelous Man of Steel cake pictured above from the book! You’ll find the recipe for the cake below along with the cupcake and frosting recipes above it that you’ll need for the cake.
What kind of superhero-themed have you made before? Let us know and share your recipes in the comment section down below. Learn more about the cookbook on Downtown Bookworks’ website!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1½ cups granulated sugar (use 1¼ cup for a less sweet taste or can use ¾ cup Splenda)
- 2½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup shortening
- ¾ cup milk (or half-and-half cream)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (or use 1½ teaspoons almond extract)
- 2 large eggs
HOW TO MAKE IT
- Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, mix together the flour with sugar, baking powder, and salt until combined. Add in the shortening, milk, vanilla, and eggs.
- Beat on medium speed with an electric mixer, scraping the bowl consistently until just blended (the batter will be think; if desired, add in a few more tablespoons of milk).
- Pour batter into paper-lined regular-size muffin tins, filling just under ¾ full.
- Bake for 20–22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Immediately remove from pans. Cool completely before frosting with your favorite frosting, or use our recipe on page 85.
- 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 tablespoons whipping cream
- Icing gel or food coloring of your choice
HOW TO MAKE IT
- Using an electric mixer or food processor, combine sugar and butter. Mix on low speed until well blended and then increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes.
- Add vanilla and cream and continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute more.
- To color the frosting, add just a drop of icing gel or food coloring at a time, mix, and repeat until you have the color that matches your favorite character.
Metropolis Layer Cake
HOW TO MAKE IT
- For this recipe, you’ll need to quadruple the Vanilla Cupcakes recipe. Once you have created your batter, separate it evenly into 2 bowls.
- In the first bowl, add 5–10 drops of blue food coloring paste. You can purchase this from a cake decorating store. Your batter may look a bit dark, but be advised that the color will lighten during baking.
- In the second bowl of batter, add 5–10 drops of red food coloring paste.
- After you have achieved the color you want, separate the batter into four 9-inch round pans. Bake at 350°F for 35 minutes.
- To create Superman frosting, triple the Frosting recipe on page 85. Separate the frosting into 2 bowls.
- Add 5–10 drops of yellow food coloring paste to one of the bowls until you have achieved the right shade of yellow.
- Add 5–10 drops of blue food coloring paste to the second bowl.
- Allow the cakes to cool before frosting. Start with a blue layer at the bottom and frost the top with yellow frosting. Then add a red layer, again frosting the top with yellow frosting. Repeat until all four layers have been frosted. Once assembled, frost the sides in blue.
- Adorn with red nonpareils or coated candies. And position cutouts from the back of the book on top of the cake using toothpicks or skewers.
Recipe Courtesy of Downtown Bookworks
All image credits: Downtown Bookworks