Recipe for Saturday, September 10th, 2011:
Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Chambord Ganache
Recipe via Baker’s Royale
Prep time: unknown
Bake time: 20 minutes
Serves: 12 cupcakes and 6 cups frosting
Ingredients [Dark Chocolate Cupcakes]:
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
- 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate chopped
- 1/2 cup Dutch processed cocoa (1 1/2 ounces)
- 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour (3 3/4 ounces)
- 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 3/4 baking powder
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla powder
- 3/4 sugar (5 1/4 ounces)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
- 1/2 sour cream (4 ounces)
Ingredients [Chocolate Chambord Ganache]:
- 1.5 lbs of bittersweet chocolate (61% cacao)
- 3 cups heavy cream pint heavy whipping cream
- 16 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup of Chambord (or your favorite liqueur)
(A conversion table can be found here.)
Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position; heat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard-sized muffin pan (cups have 1/2-cup capacity) with baking-cup liners.
Combine butter, chocolate, and cocoa in medium heatproof bowl. Set bowl over saucepan containing barely simmering water; heat mixture until butter and chocolate are melted and whisk until smooth and combined. Set aside to cool until just warm to the touch.
Whisk flour, baking soda, and baking powder in small bowl to combine. Whisk eggs in second medium bowl to combine; add sugar, vanilla, and salt and whisk until fully incorporated. Add cooled chocolate mixture and whisk until combined. Sift about one-third of flour mixture over chocolate mixture and whisk until combined; whisk in sour cream until combined, then sift remaining flour mixture over and whisk until batter is homogenous and thick.
Divide batter evenly among muffin pan cups. Bake until skewer inserted into center of cupcakes comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Cool cupcakes in muffin pan on wire rack until cool enough to handle, about 15 minutes. Carefully lift each cupcake from muffin pan and set on wire rack. Cool to room temperature before icing, about 30 minutes.
Make frosting: In a food processor, process the chocolate until very fine. In a medium saucepan over medium heat bring cream to a soft boil (look for small bubbles to form at the edge of saucepan). With the motor on pour the cream through the feed tube. Process for approximately 10 seconds or until smooth. Pulse in the butter. With the motor running add the Chambord. Press the ganache through a strainer and let stand for 1hour. Cover with plastic wrap and allow the mixture to cool for several hours until it reaches frosting consistency.
Mound about 2 tablespoons icing on center of each cupcake. Using small icing spatula or butter knife, spread icing to edge of cupcake, leaving slight mound in center.