Tuesday, 28 October 2008

TWD: Chocolate-Chocolate Cupcakes


After declaring to the whole world (or those who bother to read my blog :-P) that I don't like chocolate cakes, I have to eat my words and let you know what I did today - I had four of these chocolate cupcakes in the span of half a day. (gasp!)


I baked these cupcakes for my hubby who is a big fan of chocolate desserts, and also to take part in TWD this week. As some of the participants commented that the cakes are too dry, I made sure that mine won't dry out by monitoring the baking time closely, and I pulled out both trays of cakes at exactly 22 minutes. The cupcakes turned out great, soft and moist, and REALLY yummy.

After having the fourth one, I packed the rest of the cakes up, and just like the fate of this cake, they will end up in the tummies of my hubby's colleagues tomorrow. ;-)


I guess you might notice that the fondant flowers did not stick to the ganache. I should've arrange the flowers right after the ganache was piped to the cakes, but I put them aside to set up my tripod instead. Probably due to the aircon in the kitchen, the ganache has turned hard by the time I was done. So I had to let the flowers "sat" on the ganache while I took pictures of the cakes, and hoping that they won't drop at the same time. The fondant are not meant to be eaten anyway, and I like how my cupcakes look with the little flowers.

If you want to try making your own chocolate cupcakes, head over to CB's blog for recipe!

46 Comments:

Erin said...

These look just beautiful!

CB said...

I love the pretty fondant flowers. Love all the pictures. Glad this recipe changed your mind on chocolate cupcakes. Thanks for baking with me this week!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Engineer Baker said...

I'm glad this chocolate cake was such a hit for you. Love the fondant flowers, they just look too pretty. Maybe someday I'll learn how to do things with fondant...

Shari said...

You have a perfect little flower garden there sittin gon that pretty doily!

vibi said...

Those are absolutely too cute to eat! Like little jewells!
Very, very pretty, Grace!

SiHaN said...

I absolutely love the flowers you've sprinkled on the tops! very pretty. Must have been delicious! i mean not the fondant of course. haah,

Stardust said...

The fondant is hopelessly LOVELY!! Good skill you have Piggy! =D I thought the tools are kept away somewhere for...( you know why =P )

Tummy's growling... I'm hungry again. =(

Cafe Johnsonia said...

Those are so darling!

natalia said...

your cupcakes are really beautiful !

HoneyB said...

You did a beautiful job! I would have eaten more than I did if I had the opportunity! Grumpy ate 4 himself!

Isabelle said...

comme toujours Piggy, tu as fait dans le raffiné :) c'est super beau....non, pas super beau ...Magnifique !!

kim said...

beautiful photos! your fondant decorations are so pretty. glad you liked the chocolate cakes, nothing like eating your words ;)

R said...

oops.. 4got to add another equation. D = dear = Z. Still the same la. thou i know im attractive to attract more. Whaha!!!

chocolatechic said...

They are gorgeous, and so is your lace.

Jamie said...

Those are so pretty and dainty! I love em!

Kimberly Johnson said...

These cupcakes are absolutely beautiful and such stunning photos on the lace!

Melissa said...

your pictures are so amazing! i'm jealous that your cuppies turned out moist! Mine were dry even though I pulled them from the oven 5 minutes early! Oh well!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

those are so pretty! i bet your husband is the most popular guy in the office!

Y said...

They are great looking cupcakes, and are so petite looking, I'm sure I could've put away four in one sitting too!

TeaLady said...

Pretty Cupcakes. So elegant looking.

Tastes of Home said...

these look so pretty and cheerful!

Rebecca said...

The flowers are lovely! I have the same trouble setting up my tripod sometimes. Especially this summer, trying to take pics with ice cream. Bleh. ;)

Barbara said...

So glad you liked them! How do you do those lovely swirls?

The Food Librarian said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love your awesome decorations! They look perfect for any occasion.

Marthe said...

I love the pretty little yellow flowers! Glad you liked them enough to eat 4 of them!

JC said...

Hello. I really admire all the pictures you take. May i know which software did you use for the editing such as adding words?

JC said...

Hello. I really admire all the pictures you take. May i know which software did you use for the editing such as adding words?

Hillary said...

Beautiful fondant flowers! How did you pipe the ganache so perfectly too?

Piggy said...

All - Thanks so much for your comments! :-)

Barbara & Hillary - Wilton website has lots of good decorating tips, I learned the basics of piping from there. http://www.wilton.com/decorating/decorating-basics/

JC - Thanks! I use photoshop to edit my pics. :-)

aileen :: motu said...

how pretty and lovely!! i love cupcakes, think they are the cutest edible creatures! and your lace doily is very pretty too!

Teanna said...

How amazing are your cupcakes! They are gorgeous! I would eat four of those as well.. but I wouldn't want to ruin them! They are so pretty!

Food For Tots said...

We are also a big fan of chocolate. Your cupcakes are so beautifully decorated! A feast to my eyes!

julesb said...

These look absolutely adorable :o)

AmyRuth said...

Beautiful cupcakes and beautiful photos. Lots of fun comments with good friends. Yippee!! A tri-pod sounds like a great idea for this new blogger. Thanks for the idea. I've read other places that you can give your ganache a blast from a hair dryer to sort of warm it up and make it shine. So so so....wonder if that would make it sort of help your fondant flowers stick? Might be worth a try sometime. Although I know one doesn't really partake in the painstaking work it takes to create them by eating the beauties. oops
AmyRuth

Pamela said...

Your little cakes are marvelous!! Beautiful job.

Snooky doodle said...

wow these are so cute !! and with chocolate its never a miss :)

Jaime said...

those are beautifully decorated! glad you enjoyed them even though you don't like chocolate cake ;)

n.o.e said...

I like how your cupcakes look with the little flowers, too! And boy, were these cupcakes tasty. I froze mine and they were even better when I pulled them out.
Beautiful job!
Nancy

A little about me ... said...

nice work leh. I love how you present it as always.

Kitchen Corner said...

Hi,
This cupcakes look very pretty! May I know whether the cupcakes can be stored in the fridge or room temperature?

Kitchen Corner said...

oppss forgot to ask, can I have the chocolate toppings recipe please?

Piggy said...

Hi Kitchen Corner,

Yes, the cupcakes can be stored in the fridge. Before serving, just warm up in the microwave oven for about 10 seconds, and the cupcakes are soft and fluffy again.

As for the glaze on the cupcake, the recipe is also provided in the link I provided. :-)

Kitchen Corner said...

Hi,
I'm a bit confuse of the original recipe for the chocolate glaze. I saw your cupcakes topping more like chocolate garnache. Kindly advise please. Many thanks!

Piggy said...

Hi Kitchen Corner,

The recipe provided in the link was copied directly from the book. It is called "glaze" in the recipe, but at the same time, the author of the book also described it as "ganache".

Kitchen Corner said...

Hi Piggy,
Thanks very much for clarify! When you mentioned the cupcakes can be stored in the fridge, do you mean store the cupcakes which fill with the garnache? Can I warm the cupcakes topped with chocolate garnache in the oven as well?

Piggy said...

Hi Kitchen Corner,

Yes, to both of your questions. Just to clarify, I warmed the cupcakes in the microwave, instead of the oven which is used for baking cakes. I hope I don't confuse you further. :-P