Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes


Sometimes a little chocolate just isn't enough to satisfy a really intense chocolate craving.  (Something only a true chocoalte addict would understand.)  If you have a really serious chocolate craving - let me introduce you to these chocolate cupcakes with chocolate ganache filling and topeed with chocolate buttercream.  I have only 2 words for you before you make these cupcakes:  Got Milk? 

Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache Filling  
Ganache
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 Tablespoon powdered sugar

Chocolate Cupcakes
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup hot coffee
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
6 Tablespoons oil
2 eggs
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
 





Ganache:   Melt chocolate, cream and powdered sugar in microwave for 30 seconds.  Whisk until smooth.  Chill in refrigerator no longer than 30 minutes.






Cake:





Place chocolate and cocoa in a medium bowl.  Pour hot coffee over mixture and whisk until cool.  Set in refrigerator to cool. 












Whisk together flour, sugar, salt and baking soda.









 
Whisk together oil, eggs, vinegar and vanilla.  Whisk into cooled chocolate mixture.  Add flour mixture and whisk until smooth. 

















Divide batter among 14 muffin cups.







Place 1 rounded teaspoon of ganache filling on top of each cupcake.



Bake 17-19 minutes at 350.   Cool in muffin pan 10 minutes.


Move to wire rack to cool completely. 



Italian Chocolate Buttercream
1/3 cup sugar
2 egg whites
12 Tablespoons butter
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
1/2 teaspoon vanilla






Combine sugar, egg whites and salt in mixing bowl.  Set over a pan of simmering water .  Whisk until mixture is slightly thickened and 150 degrees.











Place bowl on mixer and whisk 1-2 minutes.  (Consistency of shaving cream.)













Add butter, 1 piece at a time, until smooth and creamy.















Add melted chocolate and vanilla.  Increase speed to high and beat until light and fluffy. 






Frost cupcakes.



The cupcakes are not for the average fan of chocolate.  These are made for people who are passionate about really great chocolate.


















Need I say more?



Ciao!



Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache Filling
Ganache   
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 Tablespoon powdered sugar

Chocolate Cupcakes
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup hot coffee
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
6 Tablespoons oil
2 eggs
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Ganache:   Melt chocolate, cream and powdered sugar in microwave for 30 seconds.  Whisk until smooth.  Chill in refrigerator no longer than 30 minutes.

Cake:
Place chocolate and cocoa in a medium bowl.  Pour hot coffee over mixture and whisk until cool.  Set in refrigerator to cool.  Whisk together flour, sugar, salt and baking soda.  Whisk together oil, eggs, vinegar and vanilla.  Whisk into cooled chocolate mixture.  Add flour mixture and whisk until smooth.  Divide batter among 14 muffin cups.  Place 1 rounded teaspoon of ganache filling on top of each cupcake.  Bake 17-19 minutes at 350.   Cool in muffin pan 10 minutes. Move to wire rack to cool completely. 


Italian Chocolate Buttercream

1/3 cup sugar
2 egg whites
12 Tablespoons butter
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Combine sugar, egg whites and salt in mixing bowl.  Set over a pan of simmering water .  Whisk until mixture is slightly thickened and 150 degrees.  Place bowl on mixer and whisk 1-2 minutes.  (Consistency of shaving cream.)  Add butter, 1 piece at a time, until smooth and creamy.  Add melted chocolate and vanilla.  Increase speed to high and beat until light and fluffy. 

























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