I’m sure you are all little balls of stress right about now with the election and all. Whether you are a supporter of the next president or not we can all agree that it has been a long campaign season. So, you could probably use a nice glass (or barrel) of wine and a cupcake. We’ve got you covered with the cupcake.
We recently got a new baking book. The book is Layered by Tessa Huff, the writer of the Style Sweet CA blog. This book is all about cake and it is my new favorite thing. So many different cake, frosting, and filling recipes that are meant to be mixed and matched to make new, unique flavor combinations. The best part about this book? There is a picture of every single recipe. Hallelujah! There is nothing worse than a baking book with no pictures. How the hell am I supposed to know if what I’m making looks right?!!! Long story short, if we were to have a baking book, there would be so many pictures. More pictures than words! All pictures! Only pictures!
I’m getting carried away.
Here is a link to buy the book if you’re interested! Amazon. Click it. Buy it. Love it.
ANYWAY. In the book she has a recipe for a black forest cake. It is big and beautiful and amazing looking. I was not in the mood to make a big, beautiful, amazing looking cake. So instead, I decided to transform the cake into cupcakes. I used our chocolate cake recipe, the Layered cookbook cherry ganache recipe, and I whipped up some milk chocolate buttercream to finish them off.
What I really wanted to use was real cherries. Not that the ones in the can are fake..but I wanted the real deal cherries with the long stems. (More visually appealing for pictures. Obviously). Couldn’t find them anywhere. No stores had them. Where are all the cherries?! Therefore, I had to improvise and I just used maraschino cherries because they are still cherries and they still taste good. The cherry ganache is just regular ganache with chocolate and cream, with chopped up cherries mixed in. Word of caution- maraschino cherries will stain your hands red. Maraschino cherries do not care that you have a wedding to attend later that day. Maraschino cherries also do not care how much soap you use. Maraschino cherries just do not care.
For the buttercream I just made regular vanilla buttercream and mixed in some melted milk chocolate. Extremely experimental, extremely successful. To assemble, just spread some of the cherry ganache on top of the cupcakes, pipe on your buttercream, top with a cherry and finish them off with a sprinkle of grated chocolate.
I realized half way through the baking process that I didn’t even have a bar of chocolate to grate for beautiful chocolate dust on top! I was disappointed. How was I going to make it rain chocolate without a bar of chocolate to grate!? However, I did have some bittersweet chocolate chips. In a problem solving state, I melted those chocolate chips, popped them in a silicone heart mold, plopped that in the fridge and made my own chocolate bar! It worked. I’m a genius. I sprinkled that stuff everywhere.
I don’t want to brag, but someone at work told me these were the best cupcakes shes ever had. So…give them a go!