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.