Cupcake Hero #8: [Jalapeno]August 20, 2008 at 1:46 PM | Posted in Cupcake Hero, cupcakes | 24 Comments
Tags: chocolate, jalapeno, lime
Who knew a teaser could bring out so much impatience?!? Sorry readers. I don’t know where the time went! I can’t believe its been 10 days since my teaser. Before there’s a riot… Are you ready?
This month’s Cupcake Hero ingredient is a hot one. How hot is hot? Its jalapeno hot! Jalapeno? Yes! I said jalapeno! Right now our fearless Cupcake Hero leader, Laurie, is taking the last month of her summer cupcake vacation so Rachel and Teri graciously stepped up to host this month. But damn. Did they ever pick a doozie!? And if that wasn’t hard enough, they also said that it has to be a sweet cupcake, not savory. Well… there goes my omelet cupcake idea! LOL
I racked my brain for hours, days, weeks. At first I thought about chocolate, bacon and jalapeno but then I got inspired… by my ice cream scoop. Not following me are you? Come on! ICE CREAM! Its summer and who doesn’t like ice cream in the summer? I do and I am not even an ice cream freak like my husband. I know at least one esteemed CH hostess will appreciate my ice cream arse kissing. Am I right, Rachel?? ::winkwink::
Remember my I-Scream-Cupcake 3 months ago? That’s right! I’m bringing ice cream cupcakes back, baby!
SIDE NOTE :
I promise we didn’t forget! Nikki and I are currently taste testing the last few awesome red, white & blue inspired Cupcake Hero July entries. Much respect for Laurie doing this every month! It’s harder than you think! I am baked out! But we’re hoping to have a winner soon! Stay tuned. (We are still accepting bribes as well. Only unmarked bills, please.)
Chocolate Avocado-Jalapeno Ice Cream Cupcake
Makes about 10 waffle bowls
For ice cream
1-2 fresh jalapeno peppers, minced (pull back on the seeds/ribs to cut some of the heat)
Zest of 1 large lime
Juice from 1/2 of a large lime
2 ripe, dark-skinned avocados, peeled and mashed
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons sugar
1 quart good-quality vanilla ice cream, softened (I used Dreyer’s Vanilla Bean)
For chocolate cupcake
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 whipped cream
1-1/2 cups whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp granulated sugar
[NOTES: This makes a good amount of whipped cream. You could probably 1/2 the recipe but I like making more than less. I just freeze the leftovers for another time.]
lime zest for garnish
To make ice cream—
In a large bowl, combine the jalapenos, lime zest, lime juice, avocado, vanilla, sugar and salt. Work in the ice cream so mixture is well blended.
Freeze the ice cream, covered, up to one day.
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 waffle bowls about 1/4-1/2 full. Turn oven down to 350 degrees and bake cupcakes for about 20-25 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. (Depending on how much you fill the waffle bowl)
[NOTES: This time I put my waffle bowls in oven safe bowls that still gave them room to flare and I was able to fill the waffle bowls with more batter.]
Cool completely before adding ice cream.
To make whipped cream—
In mixer with whisk attachment, whip the cream, vanilla extract and sugar on high speed until thick.
To assemble cupcakes—
Scoop ice cream on top of cupcake-wafflebowl. Pipe or dollop with the whipped cream. Garnish with some lime zest.
Husband rating: B/B+
He loves the cupcake baked in a waffle bowl but was iffy on the ice cream esp the jalapeno bits. He had a tiny bite and said that its not something you think should taste good but you can’t help going back for another bite.
Wifey rating: A-
I agree with hubs. I compare the ice cream to a bag of salt & vinegar chips. Its shocking on your tongue but you find yourself eating more and more. I think avocado as a dessert is an acquired taste so I liked it more than T.
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