Sunday night I went to the roller derby for the first time in my life. My cousin skates for the Hellcats; this is her second season, but I have only recently learned about her new activity. She is 12 years younger than me and may be my new hero. Here she is with me (she’s on the left); isn’t she lovely? (But don’t be fooled by this beautiful exterior — she’s a badass blocker.)
Here they are coming onto the track at the beginning.
I’ve wanted to go to the derby for years to feed my inner rollergirl fantasy, so imagine my delight when I learned that my cousin is an honest-to-God rollergirl. Roller derby is so the opposite of our family background — it’s awesome!
The bout (that’s a derby term) had everything you look for in a sporting event — tight competition, speed, action, fighting. What better way to spend a Sunday evening? To top if off, the Hellcats won. I was so invigorated by the event that I decided to bake some Hellcat-inspired treats.
I baked Cocoa-Vanilla Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream. I took Martha Stewart’s white cupcake recipe from the Martha Stewart Baking Handbook and replaced two tablespoons of flour with two tablespoons of cocoa powder. I also added 3/4 cup chocolate chips. I made some hot pink buttercream and sprinkled the finished cakes with chocolate crunch sprinkles. The idea being that the chips and sprinkles would mimic animal spots and the cocoa would make it seem more like the color of a leopard print. The hot pink frosting was for the hot pink that the team wears.
Thanks Sindra Dee for the inspiration!
(I really must get a better camera — sorry for the focusing issues!)