Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Faux Hostess Cupcakes

**Carrie Bradshaw voice** Hello Lover.

I recently bought my first Food Network Magazine. A subscription soon followed. I thought it was going to be a joke since you can find all their recipes online and you can watch chefs make the stuff right on TV. Why do they need a magazine? I don't know. But they do. I destroyed it, tearing out page after page to add to my recipe binder.

Today was a half day of work due to a huge snow storm hitting Maine. I knew when I left work what I was going to bake on my snow day. These faux hostess cupcakes from Lulu's Bake Shoppe in Boston, MA. I'm not quite sure how I've never been to this bake shoppe. It is located in the North End which I tend to frequent for a black and white cookie at Modern Pastry. Maybe the occasional lobster tail at Mike's Pastry.

These cupcakes are unbelievable. Probably one of the best things to ever come out of my kitchen. The filling is phenomenal. It's sweet and smooth, creamy. I definitely needed a moment after my first bite. Even the cat wanted to lick off the frosting!

Lulu's Cupcakes
Food Network Magazine
Yield 24 delicious cupcakes

For the Cupcakes
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
11/4 cups granulated sugar
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs, lightly beaten

For the Filling
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1 cup marshmallow creme
For the Ganache and Icing
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 stick plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
21/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk
2 cups confectioners' sugar

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350. Place paper liners in two 12-cup muffin pans.

Prepare the cupcakes: Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Bring the sugar and 1 cup water to a boil in a saucepan, stirring until the sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Pour into a large bowl; add the chocolate and butter and let sit, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate is melted and the mixture has cooled slightly. Stir in the vanilla. Using a mixer, beat in the eggs, then mix in the dry ingredients.
Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans (about 1/4 cup batter per cupcake) and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool in the pans for about 25 minutes, then transfer cupcakes to a rack to cool completely.

Meanwhile, prepare the filling: Using a mixer, cream the butter until light and fluffy. Beat in 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar. Add the vanilla and 1 tablespoon heavy cream; beat until smooth. Beat in the remaining 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar and 2 tablespoons heavy cream in batches, alternating after each addition. Beat in the marshmallow creme; set aside.

Prepare the ganache: Place the chocolate in a stainless-steel bowl. Heat the cream and 1 tablespoon butter until just boiling, then pour over the chocolate; let stand for 5 minutes. Whisk until smooth. Add 2 teaspoons vanilla; let stand until cool but still glossy and liquid.
Spoon the filling into a pastry bag with a medium tip. Insert the tip into the center of each cupcake top; fill until the cupcake is heavier (do not overfill). Dip the cupcake tops in the ganache. Chill for at least 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the icing: Using a mixer, beat the remaining 1 stick butter, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, the milk and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Spoon into a pastry bag with a small tip; pipe onto the cupcakes to decorate.


TheBernardBunch said...

these sound like heaven! Save one for me... Cassie!

Victoria said...

Hey - Boyd - get away from my cupcake!!! Ha! These look great Brianne!

Kacey! said...

What a wonderfully deliciously goodnessy surprise I had today!!!


P.S. If I could, I would roll around naked in a pool of that icing.

~Amber~ said...

Wow, they look perfect. Great job.

Zach said...

I would not suggest making these cupcakes more than once in a lifetime. too many bowls and dishes and steps. on a serious note tho, they r absolutely delicious!

Stretchad said...

This recipe looks like it'll produce a phenomenal cupcake! Can't wait to try it.

Kacey said...

I remember when you left one of these on my desk at the paper.

I'm going to recreate them for my husbands birthday tomorrow so he can bring them to work and share them. Otherwise I'll end up eating them all myself.

Anonymous said...

I wanted to love these cupcakes but something went terribly wrong with the ganache. I followed the recipe exactly but my ganache was not the right consistency and it was very bitter. I'm the first one to admit to error but in this case, I cannot tell where I went wrong :(