Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Chocolate & Orange Cupcakes with Rich Ganache

Posted by Quinn at Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Adapted from Videojug

Preheat oven to 160°C.
Combine Portion A as below:

5 eggs
1/4 cup + 3 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tbsp vanilla essence

Whip Portion A until it doubled in volume.
Combine Portion B as below:

380g dark chocolate (I like it bittersweet, you could use any other chocolates)
1 cup + 1 tbsp butter
Zest and the juice of 1 orange

Melt Portion B ala Bain-Marie.
Fold in Portion A into Portion B and stir to mix.
Fold in 1 cup plain flour.
Fill up the muffin cup to about 1/2 full. Bake for 15-20 mins until it spring back lightly when
pressed down a little.
Note that this gives a flat-headed cupcakes. So, do not freak if your batch came out from the oven and looked like below.
To make the chocolate ganache:
Break 200g of dark chocolate into uniform sizes.
Bring 200ml of heavy cream to boil and pour it over the chocolate pieces. Let stand for 60sec.
Stir vigorously and work quickly by pouring it evenly over the baked cupcakes.
Pipe your favourite design over the ganache or just serve it when the ganache is all set!
I don't like mine plain so i put a little white chocolate in a ziploc bag and pipe out concentric circles and then swirled it with a tothpick in different manners to produce different designs.
If you do not have white chocolates in hand, just use any vanilla frosting or buttercream to pipe.
I tried this the second time with Betty CrockersVanilla Frosting and it tasted awesome!

Voila!

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