The other day my hubby asked me a question that really made me think. He asked… What is your favorite Disney princess? I know… it’s a deep, thought provoking question. Haha! But I drew a blank! As I thought about it, I couldn’t come up with one. I like the princesses, but none stick out as my absolute favorite. I have always been a fan of the villains. Now, if you were to ask me my favorite of the villains, I wouldn’t need to think about it… Maleficent. Since we are nearing Valentine’s Day, I started thinking about the characters that became villains because of love. The first one that came to mind was Gaston (his last name is LeGume) from Beauty and the Beast.
Gaston is such an over the top character. He loves himself more than anything and the only reason he wants to marry Belle is because he finds her to be as beautiful as he is. He is conceited, rude, narcissistic, muscular and a hunter. He is a man with a plan and he follows through. But, he turns for the worst when his plan to marry Belle fails. After that, his main goal is to kill the beast because Belle has developed feelings for him. Gaston does not understand how she could reject him, a handsome, confident man, for a beast. He just wants to be loved.
I created 2 things with Gaston in mind. The first is a Valentine’s Day card. I took one of his many awesome quotes and decorated the card with antlers mounted on a heart plaque. I printed these out on card stock and they came out great! If you want one for a special someone in your life, say the word and I can put it up on my Etsy shop. Also, I have a download here for you to print out in a smaller card size. The second thing I made is cupcakes. I know cupcakes are not what Gaston would choose to eat BUT these are different cupcakes… he would approve.
Coming up with a flavor for the cupcakes wasn’t too hard. Since Gaston is a beer drinker, I thought that was a perfect direction to go in. I chose Ommegang Three Philosophers Quadrupel Ale. It is a Belgian style ale with caramel, chocolate and cherry notes. The flavor you taste the most is the cherry, so to accent that flavor even more, I made Three Philosophers Quadrupel Ale cupcakes with cherry compote filling and almond buttercream frosting. These cupcakes are amazing! The beer does not hide in the cake at all; you can really taste it in there. To pack it with even more flavor, I marinated the cherries overnight in beer so they soaked up all that goodness. Marinating the cherries is optional but I highly recommend it. Then you take those lovely beer soaked cherries and make compote with even more beer! Like I said, there is no hiding the beer flavor in these cupcakes. Topping off the yumminess is almond buttercream frosting to compliment the cherry flavor. If you are a beer lover, you should definitely try to make these cupcakes. They are sooo delicious.