Thursday, November 28, 2013

Chocolate Cookie Dough Ganache Cupcakes

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Despite all the hardships, troubles and testings, there is much to be thankful for. # Blessed

Chocolate 
Cookie Dough Ganache
Cupcakes
Recipes adapted from here and here.
I had extra cake batter from a recent cake I made, so I made cupcakes to sample for cupcakes I'm planning to make for Thanksgiving dinner.

The cupcake base, is made with my go-to chocolate cake recipe, topped with cookie dough frosting and ganache frosting. Then I used Chips Ahoy! cookies for garnish.
OMG! it was so delicious. I wanted to eat them all, but I did promise to share.

The cupcakes are so moist and chocolate-y. Especially this one with dark chocolate ganache frosting.
If you're like me, YOU LOVE CHOCOLATE! and chocolate in cupcake form is our favorite =) I like you.

Now on to the recipes:
Chocolate Cake
Recipe adapted from here and here
One recipe makes 24 cupcakes.
Note: Replaced vanilla extract w/ 2 Tbsp coffee granules (mixed into the boiling water) for a different flavor.

Dark Chocolate Ganache Frosting
Recipe adapted from here

Ingredients:
1 c dark chocolate baking chips (use Ghirardelli or other good quality chips) 
1 c heavy whipping cream
1/2 oz Baker's unsweetened chocolate
1 Tbsp powder sugar

Directions:
Make the ganache first, see how here. Let ganache cool at room temp. Transfer the ganache onto stand mixer and beat on high until ganache starts to fluff and get lighter. Takes about 5-10 minutes. Be patient.

Note: Save a little warm ganache to decorate the cookies and cupcakes with.

Cookie Dough Frosting
Recipe adapted from here

Ingredients:
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, room temp
1/2 c (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temp
3/4 c light brown sugar, sifted
1 c flour, sifted
1 c powder sugar, sifted
10 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1 c mini chocolate chips (can be incorporated in frosting, or topped as garnish)

Directions:
  1. In a stand mixer w/ whisk attachment, beat cream cheese until smooth. 
  2. Add butter, and beat until smooth.
  3. Add brown sugar, beat until smooth.
  4. Add flour and heavy whipping cream in alternating portions until smooth.
  5. Add powder sugar, beat until smooth.
  6. Add vanilla and pinch of salt, mix everything together until smooth. 
  7. Optional: stir in chocolate chips now or add it later for garnish.
One you have all your recipes set, just put everything all together...
playing so well together...
...until one of them got picked for a tasting.
 YUMMY!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

Sneak peak at the matching cake I made. More on that on a later post!

Thankfulness, Happy Thoughts, Helping Hands, Prayerful Heart, Strong Will, Actions before Words, Spirit-filled Life, Hope, Faith, Compassion, God, Blessings, Friends, Family, Kena, Art. Happy Thanksgiving.

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