Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes

10 Dec
(Hi all! Sorry it’s been so long since the last post! Here are my long awaited Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes, rivalling the Georgetown Cupcake classic. Enjoy!)

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Around the holiday season, you’re cookie cutters begin to get some wear and tear and you find yourself always going back to the store for some ginger, cinnamon and sprinkles. Quite frankly, it’s about time someone decided to switch it up. That’s why this December, I suggest you make something decadent, elegant and beautiful – like these Chocolate Ganache cupcakes. They’re easy enough to make whenever, but the immaculate blue flower gumpaste toppers take these cupcakes over the top. Gumpaste is a type of modelling sugar dough used in cake decorating (similar to Fondant). It’s very easy to dye and roll out. Simply cut out dough with small flower cutters (Found at Michael’s) and place a silver dragée (small, pearl-like sprinkles) in the center. Voilà! Easy and beautiful centrepieces to delicious cupcakes. These will surely be a new holiday baking tradition in every household!
(These cupcakes can be mini or regular sized, I’ve shown both in the slideshow above!)Ingredients:

24 cooled, chocolate cupcakes
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup heavy whipping cream
Approx. ⅛ cup gumpaste
Icing Sugar (for dusting the surface)
Blue paste food colouring
24 silver dragées

Instructions:

1. Fill a saucepan with about an inch of water. Place a glass bowl on top of the pan and turn stovetop to a low-medium temperature.
2. Pour in chocolate chips and heavy cream. Continuously stir until there are no more lumps and it’s smooth and shiny. Turn off stove and remove bowl of ganache. Set aside.
3. Use a toothpick to dye the gumpaste blue. Using icing sugar to dust the surface, roll out gumpaste. Use a small, flower shaped cookie cutter and cut out, thing flowers. Press a silver dragée in the middle.
4. Dip tops of cooled cupcakes into ganache (you may need to reheat in the microwave). Dip and twist to get rid of excess. Place a flower in centre of cupcake. Store in airtight Tupperware.

(P.S. I’ve got tons of posts lined up right now… stay tuned!!)
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One Response to “Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes”

  1. keesalemon December 12, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

    Oh my goodness… These look so delicious! And very beautiful pictures. I’m going to print this off right now!!!!

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