Sunday, May 16, 2010

Vanilla Cupcake with Chocolate Ganache frosting

This is another recipe which I had wanted to try from Joy of Baking - Vanilla Cupcake. Instead of using butter cream or cream cheese frosting, I used a simple chocolate ganache frosting and decorated the cake with some candy flowers :)

1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup (130 grams) granulated white sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Zest of 1 large lemon (optional - I did not add this as I did not have lemon at home)
1 1/2 cups (195 grams) all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (60 ml) milk

Chocolate Ganache:
3/4 cup of whipping cream
6 ozs of semi sweet baking chocolate
1 tablespoon of butter
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.

2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt
3. Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
4. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract and lemon zest.

5. With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and milk, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

6. Evenly fill the muffin cups with the batter and bake for about 18-20 minutes or until nicely browned and a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean
7. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool

Frosting :
1. Heat the butter and whipping cream in a sauce pan
2. Removed and stir in chocolate
3. Stir until smooth
4. Let the chocolate stand for an hour or chilled till thick
4. Frost on cool cupcakes

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