Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Serious Chocolate Lovers Only!

Chockylit created an amazing food blog, sharing her love of the cupcake with the world. Girl, you are my new idol.
These chocolate cupcakes ROCK. They're somewhat like a brownie in a cup. They're fun to make, and I felt like quite the gourmet, stirring and ganaching. :) You gotta seriously love some chocolate to venture here. I don't EVEN want to know the calorie content!

Chocolate Cupcakes
24 regular cupcakes / 350 degree oven

5.4 ounces dark chocolate or 3/4 of a 200 gram bar of Valrhona 61% cocao
22 tablespoons butter
1-3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
6 eggs
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
4-1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder, unsweetened
1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt

1. Melt chocolate and butter over a water bath.
2. Add sugar and stir, let mixture cool for 10 minutes.
3. Beat in an electric mixer for 3 minutes.
4. Add one egg at a time, mixing for 30 seconds between each
5. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and a pinch of salt into the mixture and mix until blended.
6. Scoop into cupcake cups and bake at 350 F for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Chocolate Ganache

4 ounces bittersweet chocolate
5 ounces semisweet chocolate
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar

1. Chop chocolates and transfer into a heat proof bowl.
2. Heat cream until bubbles form around the edge of the pan, pour cream over the chocolate.
3. Let sit for 1 minute then stir until combined.
4. Add butter and vanilla and stir until combined.
5. Transfer to the bowl of an electric mixture and let cool for 10 minutes.
6. Sift powdered sugar into the mixture and beat until combined.
7. Continue to beat with an electric mixer until lighter in color and creamy.

Love these paper cups Chockylit recommends. I found them at my local party supply store. They look neater than traditional cupcake papers. I put them on a flat baking sheet, filled them with a batter scoop and baked them. No muffin pan necessary.
I can't wait to see what she cooks up next. Thanks for the inspiration.
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