Jul 102011
 

Once again I made these a LONG time ago and never got around to posting them.  There was no recipe inspiration or anything. I was just having a chocolate fit and tried to figure out how I could get the most chocolate into one cupcake. This is what I came up with. Chocolate cake, filled with chocolate ganache, dipped in chocolate ganache, topped with chocolate buttercream and chocolate sprinkles.

I made these back in April and I didn’t have any special tool to make the hole for the ganache. So I was looking around in the drawers and came across this:

Why yes, yes that is a pumpkin carving tool! But it worked really really well. So people…improvise!

To get my two types of ganache, one thick to fill and one still melted for dipping, I just made the ganache, kept the one I wanted to use for dipping on the stove and then put a separate bowl of it in an ice bath and whisked it until it was cool and thick. Then I filled the cupcakes as quick as I could. By the time I dipped the last one the melted ganache was getting hard but it all worked out!

I did have to use a knife to spread the filled ganache nice and even otherwise there was a little part that stuck up. Not that it really truly matters because you will be covering it with a buttercream but I guess I’m just weird and wanted it flat.

If you need a chocolate fix, this is will do it. A glass of milk and you’re in dessert heaven.

Cake Recipe

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa or HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round pans or one 13x9x2-inch baking pan.

2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of electric mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared cupcake tins.

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Ganache

  • 8 ounces chocolate (I used semi-sweet chocolate chips)
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature

Chocolate buttercream

  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 pound unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla

Melt chocolate in microwave, checking after each 30 second interval to make sure you do not burn the chocolate.  Stir and let cool. (I totally don’t use a microwave. I’ve burned too much chocolate doing that. I used the stove)

Using the paddle attachment on a Mixmaster or using a hand beater, beat the butter and chocolate together until smooth.  Add 2 cups of the sugar and 2 tablespoons of the milk.  Cream these ingredients until well blended.  Add the rest of the sugar and the milk and combine.  Add the vanilla and mix in.

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May 312010
 

This week I went for more looks than trying a different cupcake. The cupcakes are just plain Jane chocolate with butter cream frosting. I found these cute cupcakes on flickr and decided to do them. I wanted something easy but fun. As you can see from the above picture a cake decorator I am NOT.

I didn’t do any pictures of the chocolate cupcakes because I’ve done that before!

What you will need:

  • cupcakes
  • frosting dyed green
  • a small amount of brown frosting
  • coconut dyed green
  • some sort of brown, round/oval shaped candies. (Recipe said chocolate covered almonds but the almonds I found were HUGE and there’s no way I could have fit three on top of a cupcake. I used chocolate covered raisins. I bet brown peanut M&Ms would word well too)
  • watermelon candies. My grocery store is fancy has a large section of bulk candies, watermelon ones included.

How to assemble:

Frost your cupcakes with the green frosting. Add some green coconut to the edges of the cupcakes. Use three chocolate covered raisins – (or whatever you’re using – to make the body of the ant. Add the legs with the brown frosting (and antenna if you want, mine didn’t come out very well). Put a watermelon candy on top, as if the ant is carrying away some of your Memorial Day picnic! Voila, you have cute cupcakes! Hopefully you’re cake decorating is better than mine!

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