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Weekly Winner #22

14 Jan

What a flavor-filled (not to mention adorable!!) week of cupcakes!!  Oh.  January is fun!!

Elvis Cupcakes

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cupcakes

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Cinnamon Pumpkin Cupcakes

Cinnamon Pumpkin Cupcake

Marshmallow Stuffed Chocolate Cupcakes

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Joanne’s Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

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Sugar Cookie Cupcakes

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S’more Cupcakes

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And, with a whopping 20.5 points, the winner is…..

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The S’more Cupcakes from Extreme Canadian Coupons.  Check out that post here.  And see how it does in the Monthly Competition on January 31st!

Day 167 – S’more Cupcakes

14 Jan

Chocolate.  Marshmallow.  Graham Cracker.  It’s an unexplained phenomenon.  They’re all amazing alone.  But, together.  Pure.  Magic.  I can’t stay away.  Can you?  S’more Cupcakes (recipe below from Extreme Canadian Coupons).

Chocolate-Cupcake     Mini-Chocolate-Cupcake

The cupcakes are dense and chewy. Sticky and moist as well.  A little like a milk chocolatey devil’s food cake. They have a very smooth, even and sweet chocolate flavor.

The filling, which you’ll see below, is smooth and creamy. I spooned it in, but you could easily pipe it.  It tastes exactly like a Hershey’s milk chocolate bar. Just softer.

Marshmallow-Frosting

The buttercream is smooth and thick, but easy to pipe.  It has a very sweet buttercream taste with just a hint of marshmallow.

Smores-Cupcake     Mini-Smores

The double chocolate works nicely together. It really brings out the marshmallow flavor, which is fun! They’re even better if you let them sit for a bit, so the filling isn’t cold when you bite into it. I do wish there was a bit more graham cracker involved within the cupcake, and not just on top, to make it a true “S’mores”, but I can live with how tasty it is all by itself.

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Note: The minis are surprisingly accurate. And stable. It’s a good, solid cupcake, so you can fill and frost it and it stays put.

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Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 4
  • Frosting Taste: 3.5
  • Overall Taste: 4.5
  • Appearance: 5
  • Ease of Making: 3.5 (the filling and toppings aren’t hard at all, just take a bit more time than the average cupcake)
  • TOTAL: 20.5

RECIPE

S’more Cupcakes (recipe from Extreme Canadian Coupons)

Cupcakes:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar

Ganache filling:

  • 4 Hershey’s Milk Chocolate candy bars (approximately 6 ounces), chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter

Frosting:

  • 2 cups unsalted butter (do not soften)
  • 2 jars (7 ounces) marshmallow cream
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

For directions visit Extreme Canadian Coupons.

*Tomorrow: Pumpkin Pomegranate Cupcakes*

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