Sunday, May 31, 2009

Chocolate Ice Cream Cupcakes for My First Blog Event :)

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Ice cream cupcakes.. Why didn't we meet sooner. This is such an amazing combination.
I was blog browsing a few days ago, and came across Yummy In My Tummy's post. Yummy in the tummy was the name I had first wanted for my blog, but every combination of the above words was taken:(
Of all the blogs with the above name, this is the only active one. And it is a great blog :)
I saw the ice cream cupcakes post, and immediately felt the need to make these and take part in the 2nd Annual Ice Cream Cupcakes Roundup hosted by Scoopalicious and Cupcake Project for myself too. I saw the due date - 31st May, and knew I had to hurry up and make these. Got them done just in time :) Whew! [Luckily, the time difference works in my favor].

Update - Please vote for my cupcake at Cupcake Project or Scoopalicious. You stand to win an an 8-pack of homemade cupcake birthday cards just for voting :-)

After the recent mango overload, I've been missing chocolate. And for a blogger who claims chocolate to be her first love, it doesn't seem right that there's only one post about chocolate as of now. So of course, I made chocolate cupcakes from another favorite book of mine, David Lebovitz's The Great Book of Chocolate :-) I added Baskin Robbin's Gold Medal Ribbon Ice Cream in the center, and topped off with Chocolate Caramel Ganache. It was pure heaven :) I also drizzled Hershey's Dulce De Leche Caramel Topping. You must try this, NOW! :)


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Black-Bottom Cupcakes [I only used the chocolate cupcake part]
Adapted from The Great Book of Chocolate
Yield : 12 cupcakes

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1 1/2 cups (210 grams) all purpose flour
1 cup (210 grams) light brown sugar [I used regular castor sugar]
1/3 cup (30 grams) natural unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch processed)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (240 ml) water
1/3 cup (80 ml) unflavored vegetable oil (I used safflower)
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped semi-sweet chocolate [I prefer chopped chocolate because I can control the size, you can use chips too]

This is a very easy recipe to prepare.

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C [350 F]
  2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and the salt.
  3. In a smaller bowl, mix the water, oil, vinegar and vanilla.
  4. Mix, and pour into muffin pan.
Bake for 25 minutes, or until the cupcakes feel springy to the touch, and a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean [Mine were done in 20 mins, so make sure you check them].

Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
These cupcakes can be stored in the refrigerator for about 3 - 4 days.

The weird thing about this recipe is that it contains no eggs, but it still tastes the same. A nice alternative for vegetarians/vegans.

The instructions in the project mention filling the cupcake pan about half full. But since I was going for 'sandwich style' instead, I filled as usual. In hindsight, I probably should have listened to them, because -

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I had to cut great chunks out of the middle to ensure the cupcakes wouldn't become ginormous. I then returned them to the pan, and added the caramel/chocolate [I used two flavors] ice cream. The pan lends the much needed support, since the wrappers are off.

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After this step, I covered the cupcakes with the chocolate caramel ganache -
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And there you go...
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Since its so hot over here, I had the hardest time trying to click a picture without the ice-cream melting all over. Don't let the appearance deceive you, because these are the most gratifying things EVER! :)

I also tried a few cupcakes in the way it was meant to be made, according to the hosts. Since I hadn't accommodated for the added height, I cut the tops off, and also made a hole for added ice cream deliciousness :)

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And then, the ice cream -
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I topped this off with ganache after the ice cream had set a little, but I forgot to click a picture :(


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31 comments:

  1. I'm glad your participating! Your cupcakes looks so inviting and ready to eat! Oh, and that chocolate caramel ganache. Yummy!

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  2. Wow! That gooey mess looks absolutely delicious! I would love to have one of those cupcakes!

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  3. Oh my...these looks fabulous..tempting..chocolate is my fav too :)

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  4. Thanks for the nice comments on my blog. Do you want to exchange links? Let me know. Fondly, DCRose

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  5. I'm so glad you found us and decided to enter! It is super hard to photograph ice cream, but melty or not, they sure look like something I would want to eat right up!!

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  6. These cupcakes look so amazing! All those delicious ingredients rolled into one taste experience! Wow!!!

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  7. Yum! I haven't much else to say, just YUM!!!
    Great job.

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  8. Oh my goodness! Amazing. Those ice cream cupcakes look fantastic. I'm so glad you got this submission in under the wire. I've definitely got to have these soon! (Luckily, I made chocolate cupcakes today, so I can try this ASAP.)

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  9. Risa - You must try them! You'll love it :)
    Parita - Thanks :) Great minds think alike :P
    Stef - I'm glad I found you guys :)
    Shari - Thank you :D
    Katrina - It left me speechless too :P
    Elyse - You must try them. If only I'd posted a little sooner, then you could have taken part too :(

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  10. Yummmmy! Cupcake I'm always looking for cupcake recipe my daughter play's softball and there is 15 girls in the team they are going to love these...
    Thanks for sharing this recipe with all of us!

    Welcome~~~
    foodcreate.com

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  11. You're welcome foodcreate. Just make sure not to add the ice cream, or you'll have the worst mess possible :P

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  12. Oh you got me at ice cream, chocolate and cupcake. My mouth is watering. Well done!

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  13. These are great we love ice cream cake in our house! But to have our own ice cream cupcake, now that is really nice.

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  14. wow, those look sinfully delicious!

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  15. Wow, those look like they would cure any chocolate craving. Nice work!

    P.S. I gave you an award. See it at http://daisylanecakes.blogspot.com/2009/06/rainbow-cupcakes-and-some-awards.html

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  16. Thanks so much you all.
    Robin - These are great because they can be customized to preferences, without too much effort :) Everyone feels special this way :P

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  17. Your blog is super. So are your photographies. They make me hungry. I have spent a nice moment when seeing them. Thanks a lot.

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  18. Your cupcakes look great! And,that ganache is amazing.

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  19. Eleonara - You're the first person ever to say anything nice about my photography, so thanks a lot :) I really appreciate it, though I know I have a lottt to learn.

    Lisa - Thanks, and the ganache sure is. It's one of my favorite things :D

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  20. Wow, those cupcakes look mighty scrumptious! What a fabulous treat!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  21. This look amazing!!! It never occured to me to put the ice cream inside the cupcake instead of just on the side. Thanks!

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  22. Candy Girl : I can't take credit for the idea. I probably wouldn't have thought of it either if it wasn't for the hosts! :D

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  23. wonderful. i love the caramel chocoloate combo and the look of them (especially the shine) makes me want to just dig in! lovely! thanks for entering!

    bethany@scoopalicious

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  24. Bethany - Thank you so much!! I loved being a part of the event!

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  25. Av, you are going to make this for me the day we meet...whenever...someday! :) Drooooooooool!

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  27. hello
    Excellent recipe about Chocolate Ice Cream Cupcakes,

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