Sunday, September 28, 2008
Chocolate Nesting Cupcakes
This weekend I've been doing a bit of nesting. It seems like this is the first weekend in a long time where I haven't had to work, or it hasn't been someone's birthday, and I haven't had to go out of town. I technically did work on Saturday but I had the night off and all day off on Sunday.
Saturday night I decided to try a bit of baking. I had a taste for something chocolate, but I didn't feel like dirtying the kitchen too much. So instead of starting from scratch, I decided to make my Cherrybrook Kitchen Chocolate Mix.
The interesting thing about this mix is that you only have to mix in water and oil. It doesn't call for butter or eggs. I think they are trying to appeal to all food allergies, but I kind of miss the butter. I followed the directions on the box and they turned out pretty good. My oven is still really wonky so they cooked fairly fast and slanted to one side, but I don't mind those aesthetics.
The icing was also Cherrybrook premade icing. When I first opened the jar I thought it may have dried out. This did not look like typical premade icings. It looked more like fudge. But then I read the label and it said that you needed to stir first. Which did help but it was still a bit fudgey.
I had some time to spare, so I had the idea to pipe the icing onto the cupcakes. I wanted to make them look like chocolate icecream cones. And while I was successful in making them look like soft serve...you won't see any pictures here. (Because they really looked less like icecream and more like a pile of....)
So improvised and let the cupcakes get warm again in the oven and then let the icing melt over them. So they ended up looking like mini molten lave cakes. They were really tasty. The cupcakes tasted exactly like the cake that you get in hot fudge cake sundaes. (Which I love)
Even thought they weren't "lovely" enough to warrant a professional photo shoot with nice lighting and a nicer camera, they were still tasty. I ended up leaving the rest in the cupcake tray and freezing them all individually overnight. This morning I put them in groups of frozen threes into baggies and stuck them back into the freezer. That way the next time I have a taste for a hot fudge cake sundae, I'll just pop one in the oven for five minutes.
Expect a post soon about a sundae...I would have one tonight but there's no vanilla icecream in the house!