Friday, July 30, 2010

Designer Chocolate Baby Grands

I actually baked these cupcakes on July 17, but before I could post them life and a trip to Toronto got in the way. So here I am, back on the West Coast and getting back in the game!

These chocolaty cupcakes are really the deep chocolate passion wedding cake in cupcake form. As you may recall I made one tier of that cake for my friend Brains when he turned old. Hence, I will lazily direct you to Brain's Chocolate Birthday Cake to learn how this cake is made, and present my cupcakes to you in photos. Can I use the east coast-west coast time difference as my excuse? I guess I just did.

Designer Chocolate Baby Grands

July 17, 2010
Name of cupcakes: Seriously Chocolaty Cupcakes. Seriously.
Occasion:: HCB
Constituents: Rose's german chocolate cake base, soaked in milk chocolate ganache, glazed in the lacquer glaze.

Holy cow!! Is this the first time I've seen two egg yolks weigh out perfectly? Yes, it is.

no way!  two egg yolks that weigh the same as two egg yolks!

Just out of the oven and ready for milk chocolate ganache:

Designer Chocolate Baby Grands

Notice I am using those darn silicone cupcake cups again. I couldn't find my foil/paper liners! I usually have tons of those! Oh well.

Soaked in milk chocolate ganache:

Designer Chocolate Baby Grands

I thought my milk choc ganache was too dark chocolaty, and hence not enough contrast to the cake. I should have used the chocolate mix that I did for Brains, because his MCG was delicious!! Lesson learned.

And cupcakes freshly lacquered:

Designer Chocolate Baby Grands

I have no idea what happened to the 12th cupcake.

And here's where I run off into obsessive photography land. Sit back and enjoy the ride.

Designer Chocolate Baby Grands

Designer Chocolate Baby Grands

Designer Chocolate Baby Grands

Designer Chocolate Baby Grands

13 comments:

  1. I want to scarf down that chocolatey goodness in that second to last picture!

    How was Toronto?

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  2. Oh crap... now I want one..

    I'm lacking sugar tonight around these parts and this, this is torture!

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  3. Very nice close-ups!

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  4. Kristina, thanks! Toronto was wonderful! Such a great city, and so huge! Also, it was great to see my family again (last time I saw them I was 7). By the way, my cousin's husband (cousin-in-law?) is the sous chef at l'unita, and OMG, SO GOOD. Next time you want a nice italian dinner in the city, head on over there.

    Monica, hilarious, that's pretty much what I posted on your cupcake post!

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  5. Amanda, thanks! Sometimes I get carried away.

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  6. Anonymous31/7/10 01:31

    your photography is great! and so are your cakes, good enough to eat! Jeannette.

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  7. The cakes look delicious. The close up shots are like a chocolate cake lap dance. Totally teasing me. You ARE chocolate cake evil!

    I need something chocolate.

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  8. A chocolate lap dance?! I think Melinda may be the evil one. The pictures are amazing, and make me wish I hadn't given away the last four cupcakes that were stashed in my freezer.

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  9. The last photo was the killer one for me. So wish I would have doubled the recipe. Your lacquer glaze turned out perfectly.

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  10. Oh, yum! Do I understand correctly that the ganache solidifies on the top of the cupcake? Holy cow, I want one bad. :-) I love the pic of all the cupcakes together with their super shiny glaze. Nice work!

    Glad you had a good trip to Toronto!

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  11. Jeanette, thank you on both counts! Its so nice to see you comment :)

    Melinda, a chocolate cake lap dance? Hilarious!

    Marie, Melinda certainly has a bit of the naughty in her, that's for sure! I kind of miss these cupcakes, but then I remember Chocolate Feather Bed in a few weeks and all is better.

    Vicki, thank you! I had a lot of bubbles in my glaze, but I didn't bother pricking them with a pin.

    raiuchka, yup, the ganache gets soaked into the cupcake and leaves a thin layer on top. Crazy delicious. Toronto was awesome--mostly because of the Canadian relatives. Good people, fascinating to learn exactly how much of Dad (and hence me and my sister) are family habits. Crazy!

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  12. wow...now thats a cupcake....none of that fluff just for show, these are good eatin cupcakes!!! wow again!

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  13. Chef, yes, none of that fluff for show!! These are some serious chocolate cupcakes, which is how I like 'em!

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