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Weekly Winner #1

7 Aug

Let’s look back at our first week of cupcakes…

Lemon Cupcake with Strawberry Lemonade Buttercream

Lemon Cupcake w/ Strawberry Lemonade Buttercream

Devil’s Food Cupcake with Marshmallow Filling

Devil's Food Cupcake with Marshmallow Filling

Monster Cookie Dough Cupcake

Monter Cookie Dough Cupcake

Toffee Crunch Cupcake

Toffee Crunch Cupcake

Strawberry Cupcake with Ice Cream Frosting

Strawberry Cupcake with Vanilla Ice Cream Buttercream

Peanut Butter Cookie Cupcake

Peanut Butter Cookie Cupcakes

S’mores Cupcake

S'mores Cupcake

And the winner is…..Drum roll please!

Toffee Crunch Cupcake          Mini Toffee Crunch Cupcake

Coming in with a whopping 21 points, the Bakers Royale recipe for Toffee Crunch Cupcakes from August 4th is Weekly Winner #1.  Take another look at that day here.  And then check back on August 31st to see this bold-flavored cupcake compete in our Monthly Competition!!

Day 7 – S’mores Cupcakes

7 Aug

I.  Love.  S’mores.  I love all things s’mores!  So, I can’t ever resist a s’mores recipe.  These S’mores Cupcakes (recipe below from Baked Perfection) are no exception.

S'mores Cupcake          Mini S'mores Cupcake

What I found most interesting in this is that they aren’t a chocolate cupcake, which is normal for S’mores recipes.  They’re a graham cracker cupcake.  Super unique!  These cupcakes are very dense and almost wet, similar to a carrot cake.  The minis have the same density, which is nice.  The tops are slightly crispy.

Cupcake with filling           frosting

The chocolate filling is essentially a ganache.  It’s quite yummy, but I would prefer a semi-sweet or possibly adding a little milk chocolate in – the bittersweet was strong.  The frosting is delicious, though I’d add slightly less vanilla next time.

S'mores Cupcake          Mini S'mores Cupcake          S'mores Cupcake inside

Yum.  There’s a nice crunch to the toasted frosting.  (I used my oven broiler — it would be significantly easier if I used a kitchen torch.)  The minis have a nice bite-sized flavor, but the flavors really shine through in the full-size.

Scoring Sheet:

– Cupcake Taste: 3.5

– Frosting Taste: 4

– Overall Taste: 3.5 (would be higher with a lighter chocolate)

– Appearance: 4.5

– Ease of Making: 3 (Filling + egg white frosting)

– TOTAL: 18.5

RECIPE

S’mores Cupcakes (recipe from Baked Perfection)
recipe makes 12 cupcakes

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 15 whole crackers ground in processor)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup whole milk
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate (do not exceed 61% cacao), chopped
1/2 cup (scant) heavy whipping cream

Marshmallow Frosting
Frosting recipe from Martha Stewart

4 large egg whites
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For directions visit Baked Perfection

*Tomorrow: Decadent Double Chocolate Mousse Filled Cupcakes*

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