So, I am terrible at following recipes because I like to experiment with everything I make. If you know anything about baking, you can guess how a lot of my creations turn out. They don't. This time, however, I let my creativity run in choosing the type of cake, icing, and ganache for these cupcakes, but thankfully I forced myself to stick to the recipes that I found. I am really excited about how they turned out. Beautiful. But, most importantly....DELICIOUS!
1. Chocolate Cupcakes
This recipe is unbelievable. It is insanely moist and mmmm so good! My roommates were just fine eating them plain which definitely says something.
Ganache sounds ritzy which often equates as hard to make. However, it is the easiest part of this cupcake recipe!
|2 bars of quality chocolate|
I used Ghirardelli 60% dark
|1 cup heavy whipping cream|
|Bring cream to a boil|
|Pour over chopped chocolate|
|And stir till smooth!|
Ingredients: 2 bars (8 oz) of quality dark chocolate
1 cup heavy Whipping cream
Directions: Coarsely chop the chocolate and place in a medium to large size bowl. Next bring whipping cream to a bowl. CAUTION: it will boil over really fast so keep an eye on it! Once it starts to boil, remove it from the stove and immediately pour it over the chocolate. Stir until the chocolate becomes smooth. If you plan to pipe it into the cupcakes, it is best to leave it in the fridge for a couple hours. You can also pour it into the center, but you should still allow it to cool for a bit.
3. Peanut Butter Icing
This is a very creamy icing that I find excellent for cupcakes. However, if you want to use it for a cake, I would add more powdered sugar for a stiffer consistency.
Ingredients- 1 stick butter (room temp)
1 package of cream cheese (room temp)
1 cup peanut butter
2 cups powdered sugar
Dash of milk ( about 2-3 tbsp)
Directions: Start by creaming together the butter, cream cheese, and peanut butter with a mixer. Next, gradually add in the powdered sugar. After adding in about 1 cup of the sugar, go ahead and add the milk to help you finish blending in the sugar. Again, there is less powdered sugar than some icing recipes to keep it creamy and not overwhelmingly sweet. But feel free to add more if you would like a sweeter, stiffer consistency.
|Now, it's frosting time!|
4. Decorative topping
It looks a lot more complicated than it really is. All I did was melt a bark chocolate in a double boiler ( ok, jk. I cheated and used a microwave. But, a double boiler works a lot better). Next, you just drizzle your designs on some wax paper and chill them in the fridge. Once hardened, gently peel them off and place them on your cupcakes!
|FINITO! Time to brew some coffee and dive in:)|