Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Scrumptious: Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes
This was the treat I made for Family Home Evening this week.
I also made them, slightly different, for Ashley’s pre-school class. They had a letter “P" on top instead of the heart. They are learning about the letter “P” this week.
They were really quite cute.
Quite tasty too..
I am a boxed cake mix kind of girl. Sometimes, but not very often, I will make one from scratch, but I have perfected the box mix, and I choose to stick with it.
For these I used a triple chocolate fudge super moist mix (and it was goooood). I usually go for the devil’s food, but Merrill isn’t a huge fan of chocolate, so I thought I would go a little lighter on him with the chocolatey-ness of the cake, since it was gonna hit him in the topping. :)
I have taken to using these nut cups instead of the traditional liner, and I love them! I can set them all on my huge cookie sheet and fill them, baking more at a time and they turn out perfect and cute!
After I let them cool, I dipped just the tops in Ganache that hasn’t been whipped yet.
For those who haven’t enjoyed Ganache yet, try it, tomorrow. I would promise to bring you some, but I would probably eat it all before I got to you.
It is that good.
It’s equal parts of a good chocolate (I like semi-sweet) and whipping cream. You heat the cream (don’t boil it) and then put your chocolate (chopped up) in it. Let it sit for a few minutes, then stir in the chocolate, letting it all melt. Let it cool longer in the fridge (but not so it is set up and hard). I let mine set for about an hour, then mixed it using my mixer until it was nice and smooth. Then I dipped the cupcakes. I put the Ganache back in the fridge and let it chill a bit longer, then whipped it up the rest of the way and piped the tops using my favorite tip (Wilton 1M).
I took a tip from Bridget when it came to my toppers.
I melted white candy melts in my handy-dandy squeeze bottle(both are found at any craft store) and squeezed that onto waxed paper. For the Ps I had a piece of paper with the perfect Ps to trace underneath the waxed paper, for the hearts it was all free-hand baby.. and while the chocolate was still soft, topped them. I used crystallized sugar on my hearts (shown here) but used Valentine colored non-parelis (sprinkles) on the Ps. Let those harden up and transfer them to the cupcakes.
They tasted so good!
In fact, there is one left in the fridge, and I have a book to finish!