Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tuesdays With Dorie: Chocolate Chocolate Cupcakes

As much as I love to bake, I don't think I've ever made cupcakes from scratch. Muffins? Sure. But my baking repertoire before Dorie mostly included cookies, creme brulee, and cheesecake, with an occasional monkey wrench (toffee, meringues) thrown into the mix.

Since I joined Tuesdays With Dorie, that's changed. I joined TWD to expand my baking skillset, and I've done it. I've made pudding, pie, cobbler, and more. And now, finally, I've even tried my hand at homemade cupcakes.

As you might imagine, Chocolate Chocolate Cupcakes, this week's selection, are just as delicious as they sound. Thanks to Clara of Food for Thought for the choice!

Although I read that some TWDers thought the cupcakes were a little dry, my boyfriend and I thought they were moist. I did cook them for a couple of minutes less than the recipe stated, however, so that likely had something to do with it.

The chocolate ganache, like the cupcakes, was easy to make and really tasty, although I couldn't get it to form the beautiful swirls that Dorie spoke of. I dipped the cupcakes into the ganache and twisted as I lifted them out and ended up with no icing in the centre of the cupcake. That just wouldn't do. In the end, I used a graduated spatula to ice them. The icing didn't look elegant, but luckily aesthetics don't affect taste!

I was also thrilled because this recipe gave me a chance to photograph my new cake stand. I love how the brown chocolate and teal glass look together!

This recipe goes in the "definitely make again" pile, particularly since my boyfriend and I could not stop eating them. Next time, I won't make the mistake of baking them when it's just the two of us. Two people, two days, and 12 cupcakes is a bad -- but delicious -- combination. If you'd like to try this recipe, head over to Clara's blog.


Christine October 28, 2008 at 10:26:00 AM EDT  

Your cupcakes look so beautiful and elegant on your cake stand. Glad you enjoyed them and that they weren't dry!

chocolatechic October 28, 2008 at 10:53:00 AM EDT  

Wonderful...and you used pink liners.

I heart pink.

Anonymous October 28, 2008 at 12:10:00 PM EDT  

The ganche twisting didn't give me a swirl either. :(

I love your cake stand! It would go great in my dining room.

CB October 28, 2008 at 12:37:00 PM EDT  

You've never made a cupcake?? I am so glad I picked this recipe then! Everyone should bake a cupcake at least once. ;) I LOVE your cake stand. Thanks for baking with me this week!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

vibi October 28, 2008 at 1:31:00 PM EDT  

Beautiful, I love the presentation!
I'm glad you liked them... it is always nice to succeed on first attempts!

Engineer Baker October 28, 2008 at 2:18:00 PM EDT  

I absolutely love that cake stand, it's just too pretty. And I'd say the ganache on top looks pretty awesome, all swirly.

Rebecca October 28, 2008 at 4:51:00 PM EDT  

Where'd you get that cake stand? Looks amazing with your cupcakes. Very professional results.

The Food Librarian October 29, 2008 at 12:35:00 AM EDT  

Your cupcakes look just like Dorie's! The glaze is perfect. And I love the cake stand!

Beth October 29, 2008 at 1:40:00 PM EDT  

Beautiful! I ended up using a knife for my glaze b/c it didn't swirl either. And that way, I got to lick the knife when I was done.

Leslie October 30, 2008 at 10:18:00 AM EDT  

Your cupcakes look great and sooo delish. You're right, they are perfect on that cake stand. And I love the cake stand. Can you share with us where you got the stand???

Teanna October 30, 2008 at 12:38:00 PM EDT  

They look so fantastic! And great job for your first cupcake! Gorgeous!

Kait November 3, 2008 at 11:06:00 AM EST  

Thanks for the comments, everyone! Sorry I'm so delayed in responding. I was internet-less after work last week. I bought the cake stand at a store called Home Sense in Canada. However, their stock changes all the time so unfortunately I doubt it would still be there. I'll look up the brand name when I get home and post it then.

Beth November 4, 2008 at 3:09:00 PM EST  

I'm a fellow TWD baker, and I was thinking that it would be nice if we all could chip in and get Laurie some small token/gift for all the work she does. Would you be willing to contribute? If I can get enough people, it would only be about $1 per person. No pressure :-) Let me know! bethberg12@yahoo.com

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