Day 60 – Chocolate and Toffee Cupcakes

29 Sep

This is it.  Last day of the competition portion of the month.  Do you know what that means?  Month 2. Gone!  So crazy!!!  And, good news, I’m still having a blast.  Phew! So, here it is.  Last contestant for September.  Chocolate & Toffee Cupcakes (recipe below from Sugar & Snapshots).  And check back later to see which cupcake wins this week AND what cupcakes will compete in tomorrow’s competition!!

Chocolate-Cupcake     Mini-Chocolate-Cupcake

The cupcake is crumbly and a little dry.  With a dark chocolate taste.

Cupcake-w-ganache     Chocolate-Ganache     Mini-Cupcake-w-Ganache

Ganache is between a liquid and a mousse – thicker than a sauce but thinner than a mousse. Very easy to work with.  It has a dark, rich taste.

Caramel-Buttercream

Frosting is very creamy and buttery.  It’s sweet, but with a salty edge.

Chocolate-Toffee-Cupcake     Mini-Chocolate-Toffee-Cupca

The balance is very good.  The ganache adds the dark chocolate balance, the frosting adds the light, caramel taste. Toffee adds a nice crunch, though I actually prefer the bites that don’t have toffee.

Scoring Sheet:

– Cupcake Taste: 3.5

– Frosting Taste: 4

– Overall Taste: 4.5

– Appearance: 4.5

– Ease of Making: 3

– TOTAL: 19.5

RECIPE (from Sugar & Snapshots)

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 7 oz Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 7 oz Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 5 oz Flour
  • 3 oz Cocoa Powder
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/3 c Sour Cream

Ganache &  Heath Toffee Crumble

  • 4 oz Heavy Cream
  • 4 oz Dark Chocolate (60%)
  • 4 Heath Bars (5.5 oz)
  • Optional: 16 Heath Mini’s to decorate

Salted Caramel Swiss Meringue Buttercream

  • 5 egg whites
  • 5 oz sugar
  • 16 oz (4 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1/2-2/3 c Caramel Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt

Caramel Sauce

  • 1c Sugar
  • 1/2 c Water
  • 2/3 c Heavy Cream, warm (110°F)
  • 1 tbsp Unsalted Butter, cold

For directions visit Sugar & Snapshots.

*Tomorrow: Healthy-ish Applesauce Cupcakes*

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