Friday, June 20, 2008



I came home from work yesterday with a burning desire to bake and create 2 kinds of cupcakes that I've  never made before. After browsing the site, How To Eat A Cupcake, I selected 2 kinds; Mississippi Mud cupcakes and Creme Brulee cupcakes. Both seemed very unique to me, don'tcha think? First up, Mississippi Mud...
How could you go wrong with a chocolate based cupcake combined with crushed Oreo, mini chocolate chips and 7-minute silky Kahlua frosting? Exactly, you can't! These were delicious! The 7-minute frosting didn't come out exactly as I hoped. Perhaps my "barely simmering" water was too hot but it tasted divine! I added about 1 1/2 tsp of Kahlua and it was the perfect amount. I garnished with 1/2 Oreo cookie. This recipe calls for 24 cupcakes and since I planned on making other varieties, I only made 12 and made Mississippi Mud bars with the other half of the batter. I did this by putting the batter in an 8X8 inch pan, topping it with crushed Oreo's and mini chocolate chips, then baking for about 25 minutes (or until toothpick inserted came out clean). I then scattered with marshmallows. So delish! (There is more to this post after the recipe! Keep scrolling!)
Mississippi Mud Bars!
Mississippi Mud Cupcakes
Makes 24 cupcakes

3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped

1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temp
1 1/4 cups sugar 
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup water

2 1/4 cups crushed Oreo cookies (about 20 cookies)
1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips (I used mini chips)

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line 24 muffin tin cups with paper liners.

Put the unsweetened chocolate in a heatproof bowl or the top of a double boiler and place it over, but not touching, a saucepan of barely simmering water. Stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove from the water and set aside to cool slightly.

Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl and set aside.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and sugar until smoothly blended and creamy, about 2 minutes. Stop the mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl as needed during mixing. On low speed, mix in the melted chocolate. On medium speed, add the eggs one at a time, mixing until each is blended into the batter. Add the vanilla and beat until the mixture looks creamy and the color has lightened slightly, about 1 minute. Mix in the sour cream until no white streaks remain. On low speed, add half of the flour mixture, mixing just to incorporate it. Mix in the water. Mix in the remaining flour mixture until it is incorporated and the batter looks smooth.

Spoon 1 tablespoon of the cookie pieces and 2 teaspoons of chocolate chips into the bottom of each paper liner. Spoon a scant 1/4 cup of batter over the chocolate chips. Sprinkle remaining cookie pieces and chocolate chips over the tops, pressing them gently into the batter.

Bake just until the tops feel firm and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Cool the cupcakes in the pans on a wire rack.

7-Minute Frosting
recipe adapted from Cupcakes! by Elinor Klivans.

1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/3 cup water
3 large egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 tablespoon Kahlúa

1. Put the sugar, water, egg whites, and cream of tartar in a heatproof bowl or the top of a double boiler with at least a 2-quart capacity and beat with a handheld electric mixer on high speed until opaque, white, and foamy, about 1 minute.
2. Put the bowl over, but not touching, a saucepan of barely simmering water. The top container should sit firmly over the pan of hot water.
3. Beat on high speed until the frosting forms a soft peak that stands straight up when the beaters are lifted, about 7 minutes.
4. Remove the bowl from the water, add the Kahlúa, and continue beating for 2 minutes to further thicken the frosting.
NEXT UP...............
....Creme Brulee cupcakes. These.Were.Awesome. The top of the cupcake baked and crusted just like the top layer of Creme Brulee. Caramel syrup is added to the batter giving it that Creme Brulee feeling. Mmmmm.
Close up!
The foundation of this cake is vanilla-like and it's frosted with Brown Sugar Swiss Merengue Buttercream which should honestly be illegal in the continental United States-it's that good. I drizzled some caramel on top for some aesthetics. Seriously, what more could you ask for? This cupcake is so delectable and I'm so happy I saved one for myself for when I get home. This is one of the best cupcakes I've ever made..hands down! Make.These...Now!
Stay tuned for the various other cupcakes I'll be baking within the next few weeks...get ready for serious experimentation!
Regular sized!
Crème Brûlée Cupcakes
Makes about 24 cupcakes 
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt, plus a pinch for the egg whites
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 ½ cups sugar
2 eggs, separated
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons caramel syrup (ice cream topping)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt together and set aside.
3. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Alternately beat in dry ingredients and milk. Add caramel syrup and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
4. Beat egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff but not dry. Gently fold whites into batter.
5. Spoon batter into cupcake papers, filling cups about 2/3 full. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool.

1 cup light brown sugar
4 egg whites
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

Put sugar, egg whites and salt into the top of a double boiler over a pan of simmering water. Whisking constantly, cook until sugar has dissolved and mixture is warm (about 160 degrees). Pour heated egg whites into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat egg white mixture on high speed until it forms stiff (but not dry) peaks. Continue beating until fluffy and cooled, about 7 minutes total. Switch to the paddle attachment. With mixer on medium-low, add butter two tablespoons at a time, beating well after each addition. Increase speed to medium-high; continue beating until frosting appears thick, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low and continue beating 1 minute to reduce air bubbles.

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