Sunday, October 11, 2009
Resist the Cupcake Resist.
I wanted to whip up some cupcakes to donate to Food Fight's benefit movie night today, but I didn't have a lot of time. In the process of zipping and zooping around my tiny kitchen, I learned a new cupcake technique.
Remember those crayon resist drawings you did in primary school? Ya' know, the ones where you drew all over paper with crayons, then brushed brightly colored paint over the entire thing? Today, I converted this same technique to cupcakes.
First I baked a dozen chocolate cupcakes. Then I whipped up some blackberry fluffy filling, which was just non hydrogenated shortening blended with powdered sugar and homemade blackberry freezer jam. I injected the cupcakes with the fluffy stuff using a pastry bag, then did a quick microwave ganache. When I dipped the cupcakes into the molten chocolate, the ganache repelled over the center of the cuppers, where the fluffy filling was, and I ended up with a "resist" effect.
The blackberry filling looks loose in these photos, but it actually firmed up quite nicely in the fridge, pre-ganaching.
Fluffy soft centered chocolate cupcakes covered in an al dente chocolate topping are my kind of thing. I mean, they would be my kind of thing if I could eat them. With more time, I'd like to try these XgfX.
P.S. Herbstonne is getting Primal Strip #5, who wants six?