Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Valentine's Day Cupcakes - Special Dark

I won't even waste any time jibber jabbering here, let's get to the recipe!!

oven 350, makes 18 standard size cupcakes

3/4 C Hershey's Special Dark cocoa (you'll know you've got the right stuff because it is almost black)
1 C sugar
1/2 C (1 stick) butter
3/4 C buttermilk
1/2 C water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1 C all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder


10 oz. Hershey's Special Dark chocolate
1 C heavy cream
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla

Put the cocoa, sugar, buttermilk, water, and butter in a medium saucepan. Heat over low-medium heat and stir until butter is melted and the ingredients are blended well.

Remove from heat and allow to cool 15 minutes.

While mixture is cooling, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda together in a medium bowl, set aside.

Add vanilla and egg to the chocolate mixture, mix until combined.

Pour chocolate mixture into flour mixture in three parts, stirring until smooth after each addition.

Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full, and bake for 20 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.

Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes, and then remove to rack to cool completely.

Spoon a small amount of liquid ganache onto each cupcake one at a time,and swirl to spread evenly over the top. Ganache will set as it sits.

In a medium saucepan over low heat, heat cream until it starts to bubble. Remove from heat, add the chocolate, cover, and allow to sit for about 5 minutes.

Stir until mixture is smooth, stir in vanilla and salt.

Ganache is ready to use!


Holly or Joe said...

Ooo-la-la. If only I had not just had a baby and gained 500 pounds, i would bake these TODAY! Ah, who cares, they look to good to not make. There goes my bootie.

Jessica said...

that looks like chocolate heaven! my mouth is watering!:)

tatum said...

Those are beautiful, that chocolate looks so smooth! You are so talented!

Jacob and Mindy Tillack Family said...

YUM! You are SO talented! I don't remember you making these kind of goodies when we lived together?? Then again, I would have been even fatter if you had...I have NO will power!

Miranda said...

Wow, Jaime. These are so cute! You did a great job. I hope you saved me one! LOL.

Jessica said...

hey! i saw some really cute cupcakes in the womens day magazine. you should check them out. so cute. and yes,,, i read that old lady magazine!:)haha

RSL Ben said...

Since you said "jibber jabber", the following must be said:
"I pity the fool who don't make these cupcakes!"
That is all

Jacob and Mindy Tillack Family said...

It is time to update your blog girl! I haven't heard from you in ages! :)

Priscilla said...

Hi Jaime! Those cupcakes look deelicious!

The Van Fam said...

Yum!!!! Jamie those look so so so good! Please move back to AZ so I can try all of these out! I am definitly not that great of a cook so I want you to make all of these for me!

Carrie & Ryan said...

Tought I would drop by and say "hi." Your cupcakes look delicious!!!

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Tana said...

Come on and post something new, will ya? I happen to know you have a functional computer AND internet service. ;o)

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