Tuesday, October 28, 2008

TWD - Chocolate Chocolate Cupcakes

This week, Clara of I Heart Food4Thought chose Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Cupcakes .... wait ... is that too much chocolate? Nope! No such thing! Actually, these chocolate cupcakes weren't too chocolaty at all. They were wonderfully flavored and the ganache frosting was a to die for! The only problem I had with these little gems is that they were a little on the dry side.

I had decided to take these chocolate cupcakes to work for a birthday celebration so I made a double batch and ended up with 24 regular sized cupcakes and 10 minis. The cuppy's looked beautiful when they came out of the oven; perfectly done with nice flat tops right at the top of the liner.

I made the ganache and quickly became concerned. Is this it? Is this all the frosting I get for all of these cupcakes? I rechecked the recipe and went over the steps in my head. I had definitely doubled it so it must be right so I began frosting away. Typically, I prefer my cupcakes topped with a big giant mound of scrumptious frosting, however, this ganache was so rich and decadent, a little went a long way.


The minis had a greater frosting to cupcake ratio and they instantly became my favorites!

These are the perfect grown up cupcakes served just the way they are but with Halloween just around the corner, I couldn't resist playing around with some spooky decorations. I wanted to keep it simple and non-cutesy so I chose the spider web route. I used melted white candy melts in a squeeze bottle and hand drew spider webs on wax paper. When they hardened I attached the webs to the cupcakes with a little dot of melted candy. At first, I was a little disappointed that the webs looked so messy, but then I realized that they were supposed to be spiderwebs and I needed to get over it!

Overall, these were great little cakes and I would definitely make them again using some of the "added moistness" tips I picked up the from the TWD folks. Thanks for choosing a super recipe Clara!

My six year old son asked to try one of the mini cupcakes. He took one bite and looked a little puzzled. He asked me "What flavor are these?" I told him chocolate. He then "accidentally" dropped it on the floor. I tried to initiate the 3 second rule but he was having none of it and the entire thing ended up in the trash.

16 comments:

n.o.e said...

Wow, way to get in the Halloween spirit! Love the spiderweb. Sorry your cupcakes were dry, but they are perfect in size and shape. Mine seemed so petite!
Nancy

SiHaN said...

i think i would prefer those minis as well. The frosting was so rich and good! haha.

HoneyB said...

love your decorated cupcake!! I didn't think it was too much chocolate either.

Prudy said...

Your spider web came out perfectly! The cupcakes look great. Sorry they were dry but they sure look tasty!

chocolatechic said...

They look great!

CB said...

Love the candy melt spiderwebs! The squeeze bottle is a great idea! Bummer they were kinda dry for you but thanks for baking with me this week!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Peggy said...

Loved these! YOurs are beautiful. Great decorating and I thought they were just the right amount of chocolate.

kim said...

great job on these!! sorry they were a little dry, but glad you liked the rich frosting. the spiderweb is really cute :)

Liliana said...

Your son must have been so happy to have spider web cupcakes! Great cupcakes!

Tammie said...

Mmmm, minis sound tasty! The spiderweb looks great! Nice job!

Rebecca said...

Your ganache looks so perfect and glossy! And I love the spiderwebs. Great job!

Barbara said...

Love your decorations!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

I LOVE your spider web!

April said...

Great looking cupcakes, I love the spiderweb!

Teanna said...

I think the spiderweb looks great!!! It's perfection!

AmyRuth said...

Love your spider web photo. What a great shot!
Sorry your little guy was disappointed. Thats the way the cupcake crumbles sometimes. Always better days ahead. You cupcakes look perfect. All uniform. Mine weren't quite all the same size. That's okay...al works out in the end.
AmyRuth