Ro: Hey guys, it’s Ro! Welcome to another Nerdy Nummies! Ro: Today I have a special guest, my friend Greg. Greg: Hi guys. Ro: He is super awesome and cool. And I will put a link to his channel down below. Ro: It’s BarnyardFX, you have worked on, like, over 300 films. Greg: Film, television shows, web series Ro: Greg does everything from special effects makeup to producing. Ro: And he even made this costume today, my Samus costume. Ro: Thank you so much, it is awesome! Greg: You’re welcome. Ro: And, it is because we are going to be making Metroid Cupcakes today! Ro: Let’s get started! Greg: Cool! Ro: The things you will need will be: 3/4 cup of flour, 1/2 a cup of light brown sugar, 1/2 a cup of buttermilk. Rp: A bowl of fresh raspberries, om nom nom nom nom! These are gonna be for decoration. Ro: You also need one stick of butter, which is 1/2 a cup of butter Ro: 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, 1/2 a teaspoon of baking soda, 3/4 teaspoon of baking powder, Ro: 1/4 teaspoon salt, a bunch of plain cashews that we’re also gonna use for decoration. Ro: And, some vanilla buttercream frosting, I’ve dyed this green, so it will look like a Metroid! Ro: We will also need. Greg: 1/2 a cup of sugar, 2 ounces of semi-sweet dark morsels. Ro: Om nom nom! Greg: 1/2 a cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, and 2 eggs at room temperature, 2 bowls, Greg: a whisk, whisk, whisk, whisk! Greg: And then, a cupcake tray, with cupcake liners. Ro: So, let’s put it all together! Greg: All at once? Ro: All at once! We’re just gonna throw all of these things… Ro: Into the cupcake tray, and that’s how the pirates made the biological weapons the Metroids! Ro: The first thing that we’re gonna do is, you’re gonna take your bowl of semi-sweet morsels, and your butter. Ro: And you’re gonna put it in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time. And mix your chocolate and Ro: your butter together in between each time. It may take about 4 increments. Ro: But you’re gonna do it until everything is combined. Ro: In your big mixing bowl we are gonna combine your flour, our cocoa powder, baking soda, Ro: baking powder and salt. Then whisk it up! Greg: Now that the dry ingredients are all mixed together, we’re gonna put everything else in the second bowl. Ro: We’re gonna add our brown sugar, Ro: our regular sugar, Ro: our 2 eggs, and a little bit of vanilla extract! Ro: Once you’ve mixed together these ingredients, now we’re gonna add our butter and chocolate mixture. Ro: The one that we set off to the side to cool. Ro: You’re just gonna add it to the mixture, keep stirring. You don’t want to over-stir Ro: But your batter will end up looking a little bit and feeling like pudding, and that’s what you want. Ro: So we’ve got: the dry ingredients, our wet ingredients with the chocolate and butter mixed in. Ro: And then, our butter cream milk. Ro: You’re gonna have the wet ingredients in the middle, and then we’re gonna alternate. Ro: You put a little dry ingredients in and then I’ll put a little milk. You ready? Ro: It’s teamwork Ro: Little bit of milk, there we go! Ro: Then just keep alternating, adding your dry and milk ingredient. Greg: Chunky milk. Ro: Yeah, your Ro: chunky milk! Until it’s all combined! Ro, OK, once you’ve mixed together all of your ingredients, your mixture, your batter, will be really thick. Ro: It looks like chocolate pudding. Ro: And now we are gonna scoop the batter into the cupcake tray. And I’ve given Greg, he’s got a tablespoon Ro: scoop, because I like this method. I really don’t know why, but you’re gonna take 2 tabelspoons Ro: for each cupcake tray. Ro: Take your little scoop, and just scoop ’em in there! Ro: And you can get messy, that’s fine. Greg: Once your tray is full, set your oven for 350 degrees, and bake for 18 minutes. Ro: Mmmhmm! Greg: So now that the cupcakes are all baked and cooled, it’s time to decorate. Ro: Mmmhmmm! My favorite part! Greg: It is, it’s my favorite part too. Ro: Hee-hee-hee! Greg: We’re gonna start with cutting…. The cashews. Ro: So what you’re gonna do is you’re gonna take 2 cashews, cut ’em in half. Ro: Because you’ll need 4 halves for each cupcake Greg: Their little pincers! Ro: Yeah! Greg: Like this. Ro: The little things that clamp on to you and suck the life out of you. Ro: So be careful when you’re, when you’re making these! Ro: So you’re just gonna take a sharp cutting knife, watch your fingers, and gently go right down the middle! Ro: Now you’re gonna take your knife and you’re just gonna make the end a little bit more pointy, Ro: So it looks like… Reearh Greg: Oh so they can, like, really dig in. Ro: Take your knife, just gently, shape them. Greg: All the nuts are cut, we’ve grouped them into little sets of 4 for each cupcake. Greg: So now it’s time to put everything together, and we’re gonna start with the icing. Ro: Yep! We’re gonna frost our cupcakes, I love this part! Ro: I put some butter cream frosting into 2 plastic baggies to make it a little bit easier to control. Ro: I always like to start on the outside and then work your way in. Greg: You make that look so easy! Ro: Now that we’ve got all of our cupcakes frosted, we’re going to add some green sprinkles on top, Ro: Because these are pretty Metroids! Haha! Greg: Sparkly? Ro: Haha! Yeah! Ro: So we’re gonna make it rain! I’ve put them on top of this little baking sheet to catch the extra sprinkles. Ro: Because…. I get a little messy! Ro: You just go like this, and then: Make it rain! Ro: Make it rain, make it rain, make it rain, make it rain! Ro: All around, all around! Ro: Now you’re gonna take your raspberries, and every cupcake gets 3 raspberries. Ro: And I like to position them, 1 on the top, and then 2 on the bottom. Both: Ta-da!!!!! Ro: Here are our Chocolate Raspberry Metroid Cupcakes! Ro: Thanks you guys for suggesting them! They smell so good! Ro: And, a big thank you to Greg for being here and baking with me. Thanks! Greg: Thanks for having me! Ro: Thanks for coming. Greg: If Metroid’s smelled this good in real life I would never stop playing the game! Ro: Yeah! Nom nom nom nom nom! Ro: Again, I will be putting his links down below, go check him out! He makes so many cool, amazing things. And, if you guys have any other ideas for any other Nerdy Nummies, please let me know! Ro: Leave me a message down below and I’ll do my best to make it happen. Ro: Also, we’ll be posting lots of pictures of these little Metroid Cupcakes Ro: on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Instagram. And if you guys make these, please send us Ro: some pictures, because, we get a big kick out of seeing your baking creations. Ro: Alright, thanks again you guys! Bye-bye!