Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Scrumptious: Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes

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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!


Jenny said...

These are beautiful!

Bonnie said...

Awesome, delicious looking, totally cool

Natalie said...

There are no words.... :)

BookwormMom said...

They are really yummy too!!!

I've been bribing my kids to eat their valentine candy so that I can have them all to myself!

bridget {bake at 350} said...

Oh, these are beautiful! ♥ I didn't know that you could bake in those little cups without a muffin pan...great tip!

Jocelyn said...

Those look delicious!!!!

Brandy L said...

These look so good!