Tuesday, October 28, 2008

TWD - Chocolate-Chocolate Cupcakes



Yum.
This week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was Chocolate-Chocolate Cupcakes, chosen by Clara of I*Heart*Food4Thought. I actually made these a few weeks ago when I knew the kitchen renovation was due to start. I mean, I love chocolate, and it was going to be a couple of months before I could get back into the kitchen, so it was a no-brainer. This one was the first of my farewell tour of TWD recipes (they're chocolate, so I made them first in case I ran out of time!)
The recipe was pretty straight forward. I baked a double batch so I could take them to work (bringing 12 of something when there are 60 people isn't what I'd call team building). Each time I made something that last week, I would wonder "Is this the last thing I'll make in this kitchen?" It gave me a sense of anticipation and even a twinge of excitement.

Back to the cupcakes. I was a little distracted when I made them, so I didn't pay much attention to, oh, why they smelled so good WAY before they should have been done. Turns out I wasn't the only baker who found they should bake less than specified in the recipe, so even though mine were a tiny bit dry, the ganache made up for that. America wouldn't have a drug or alcohol problem if you passed bowls of ganache at parties.

I'm not the master decorator, in fact, I can't even frost with a small spatula and have it look right. No matter. These are chocolate, and they were delicious. Finger licking, bowl licking, did-I spill-any-on-the-counter delicious. I hope to make them again when the kitchen is finished, and I plan to fill them with Nutella or praline paste, or maybe add chocolate chips and a sprinkling of chopped toasted pecans. I'll take them out of the oven a few minutes early, savor one still warm, and tuck a few in the freezer to enjoy with a cup of coffee. You can find the recipe here. And check out what the other TWD bakers did here.


9 comments:

CB said...

Kitchen renovation! How exciting. Glad you were able to bake up the cupcakes before the demolition started. Thanks for baking with me this week!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

The Food Librarian said...

These look very yummy and perfectly frosted! No need for special frosting stuff - chocolate is the only thing needed :) Wow. That kitchen renovation looks busy and promising! Perhaps you can bust out the easy bake oven :)

Prudence said...

I think you did a wonderful job! I am so excited to see your new kitchen. I could just imagine what that is like!

If people only knew how GREAT ganache is, right?? "Leslie, can you pass the ganache? I need a swig!"

Karen said...

Your cupcakes look delicious and not the least bit dry! Wow! I would love to renovate my kitchen! Just think of all of the amazing baked goods coming out of there when you are done!

Carmen Cooks said...

Eeks, kitchen renovation is crazy but well worth it in the end!

Your cupcakes look so pretty! I kind of wish I tried the ganache now that I'm seeing everybody else's. :)

Teanna said...

I think bringing 12 to split up between 60 would be a great "team building challenge!" Have people fight to the finish over these... it shows perseverance, no!? No? :)

Beth said...

Great job! 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

Kait said...

It looks like things are coming along with your kitchen. And these cupcakes clearly gave them quite the send off.

Jaime said...

oh my - why didn't i think to fill mine w/the leftover praline paste i have?!?! i am so making these again now :) thanks for the inspiration