In spite of this month’s Iron Cupcake contest (themed coffee), I made these jewels the other day and went a little crazy. Of course, I always rely on the ever faithful VCTOTW cookbook and made another variation on the theme of their amazing chocolate cupcake recipe. They weren’t as coffee-flavored as I probably would have liked them, and I incorporated freshly ground coffee into the batter that wasn’t completely uniformly ground. I kept biting into bigger pieces of coffee when eating one and it wasn’t the most pleasant experience, but still tasted good nevertheless. This one was kind of a hard one for me to come up with… I didn’t really know what would pair well with coffee. So I didn’t get to crazy or fancy over the ingredients. Just basic chocolate, hazelnut flavored coffee, and a little Kahlua and coffee in the frosting.
Now here’s where I got REALLY crazy. I’d been wanting to do this for a while now: chocolate woodgrain faux bois. I’d been a little intimidated to do so since I’d never done anything as culinary advanced before in my life. But I said hell with it, you never know if you don’t try! Plus this month’s issue of Martha Stewart about cupcakes has instructions on how to do this, as well, and that gave me a little more motivation. I’d purchased a sheet of plastic from a baker online a few months ago that already had the chocolate woodgrain pattern laid out and ready to go, so I skipped the step that would have normally called for dipping a wood graining tool into chocolate and rolling it out on the plastic. All I had to do was melt a few squares of white chocolate (which I have never really been a fan of until I made this and I really like it now…) and spread it over the brown woodsy pattern. A few times of transferring it in and out of the freezer to make the chocolate set and then cutting out the circles with a 2 1/4″ biscuit cutter, and they were good to go! A lot of them were so delicate that about half of them broke. But it’s all good. They turned out impressively well, if you ask me. I was pretty darn stoked. My goal at some point is to do it all over on a cake!
DIANAEVANS - as well as a pair of cupcake earrings from LOTS OF SPRINKLES.
PLUS, IronCupcake:Earth can not forget our good friend, CAKESPY, who is now going to be doing a piece for our winner each month until further notice – sweet!
As an added bonus for February, SWEET CUPPIN CAKES BAKERY AND CUPCAKERY SUPPLY will be tossing in a variety of cupcaking supplies.
Last and certainly not least, don’t forget our corporate prize providers: HEAD CHEFS by FIESTA PRODUCTS, http://www.fiestaproducts.com, HELLO CUPCAKE by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson, http://blog.hellocupcakebook.com, JESSIE STEELE APRONS http://www.jessiesteele.com; TASTE OF HOME books, http://www.tasteofhome.com; a t-shirt from UPWITHCUPCAKES.COM http://www.upwithcupcakes.com. Iron Cupcake:Earth is sponsored in part by 1-800-Flowers, http://www.1800flowers.com.