Cupcake Hero #6 [Cocoa Powder]May 31, 2008 at 10:04 PM | Posted in Cupcake Hero, cupcakes | 34 Comments
Maybe I should name these – In the nick of time cupcakes – since I am posting them at 10:04pm on the day of the Cupcake Hero deadline. Just call me a procrastinator, slacker, lazy… it all works. I won’t deny. LOL.
[Wanted to get my entry up, but will write more tomorrow. Good night]
Alrighty… I am back and well rested @ 647am.
Usually I am very methodical about my Cupcake Hero entries. But this month I walked around in a cocoa haze. Before I knew it, May had almost passed me by… Even though I had ideas, in my procrastination, better cupcake-ers than I, took them away one at a time. I knew if this was my month to win the hero crown I had to stand out! So one by one ideas started getting crossed off. (Apparently my a$$ kissing and bribing isn’t working either!)
Wanna see evidence of my complete cupcake nerd-dom? Brace yourself. I am about to show you… the book.
Every month when Laurie announces the ingredient for Cupcake Hero, I reach for “the book” and start doodling. When she announced that this month’s ingredient would be cocoa I was giddy. Let’s be real here, people. Cocoa powder=chocolate. Imagine the possibilities??? Even though she subtly hinted at brownie…er… cupcake points for using Askinosie Cocoa Powder, I could not locate any near me. It wasn’t without trying though. I emailed them a couple times for a store locator (frankly the shipping on it scared me!) but no reply. sniff. After checking their website again, I noticed it was sold out. Hmmm… maybe thats the reason for the cold shoulder? But there’s no denying its good if its gone. Hopefully someday soon I’ll be able to partake in the recommended cocoa goodness but for now Hershey is still my go-to cocoa powder.
A little more about the book… Its a very specific notebook that I keep on my night stand and carry around with me in my purse b/c you never know when an idea will hit! I finally got wise after getting so many good ideas with no pen and paper in sight during random grocery store visits, pumping my gas, working out at the gym, taking a shower but never remembering mere minutes later. I have the worst memory. Just ask Nikki. I am sure she’ll be more than happy to recount endless conversations that she’s had to repeat b/c I had no recollection. HAHA!
Trust me. Buy a little notebook. You’ll be surprised at the ideas you come up with while standing in the produce aisle staring at the plastic containers of plump, bright red raspberries that are just calling your name… (Should I be worried if fruit is talking to me?)
Chocolate Raspberry Ganache Cupcakes
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(Recipe adapted from Cupcake Bakeshop | photos from me!)
Makes about 15 cupcakes
For chocolate cupcakes
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temp
1-1/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs, room temp
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoons vanilla
For raspberry ganache
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate
3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup raspberry preserves
To make cupcakes—
Preheat oven to 375F degrees.
Beat butter until softened. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until well combined.
Measure the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder into a small sized bowl and whisk to combine. Measure out the milk and vanilla and stir to combine.
Add about a third of the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar and beat to combine. Add about a half of the milk/vanilla and beat to combine. Continue adding, alternating between dry and wet and finishing with the dry.
Scoop batter into cupcake liners 2/3s full. Turn oven down to 350 degrees and bake cupcakes for about 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
To make ganache—
Place chocolate and raspberry preserves in bowl.
In saucepan bring whipping cream to boil over high heat. Pour hot whipping cream over chocolate and stir until chocolate melted. Spread ganache over cupcake.
Garnish with raspberry and powder sugar.
Husband rating: A+
He saw the raspberry preserves and wasn’t sure what to expect but after the first bite, he was a fan and reached for 2nds!
Wifey rating: A+
I love the chocolate and raspberry flavor combination and even though the cupcake looks simple, its very decadent. 2 words: Simply delicious…
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