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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

TWD: Chocolate-Chocolate Cupcakes

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Remember last week when I told you that I was a cupcake girl? Well, I still am, and this week's Tuesdays with Dorie project was right up my alley! Clara from I Heart Food 4 Thought chose Dorie's Chocolate-Chocolate Cupcakes for us to bake and I couldn't have been happier about it.

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Dorie's cupcakes are deeply chocolatey little cakes with a light and tender crumb that are topped with an intensely rich, bittersweet chocolate glaze. They're made with all of the regular cupcake ingredients plus buttermilk and both cocoa powder and melted bittersweet chocolate for some extra chocolate "oomph". Some of my TWD colleagues commented that they found their cupcakes to be a little dry. After having that same issue with my Pumpkin Muffins last week, I made sure to slightly undercook these cupcakes, removing them from the oven after about 20 minutes. Letting them sit on the counter in the cupcake pan for a few minutes finished them off and they turned out perfectly.

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As per Clara's request, I decided to go "seasonal" with these cupcakes and decorated them with a Halloween theme. I used orange sprinkles on some and little sugar pumpkins and tombstones on others. I also topped a few with some vanilla buttercream that I tinted orange. Variety is the spice of life, after all!

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One of Dorie's suggestions in the book for "playing around" with these cupcakes is to fill them with jam, Nutella, ganache or marshmallow cream. Marshmallow cream!?!? Oooh! I was immediately reminded of one of my favorite childhood treats - Hostess Snowballs. You remember them, don't you? They're little domes of chocolate cake, filled with cream and enrobed in gooey, coconut-coated marshmallow. Mmmm! Love. Them. So, I broke out a jar of marshmallow cream, tinted it orange too and stuffed those cupcakes with it. They were damn good!

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If you're in the mood for some fabulous chocolate cupcakes, I can heartily recommend these devilishly delicious little guys. Gussy them up with something orange and they're a perfect Halloween treat for your nearest and dearest. Of course, you could just hide them in the garage fridge and hoard them all for yourself. Not that I would ever do something like that. I'm just sayin'.

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If you'd like to try these on your own, you can find the recipe in Dorie's Baking: From My Home to Yours and also on Clara's site. It's also worth a visit to the TWD blogroll to see what the rest of the gang has come up with.

Enjoy!

91 comments:

Stop Smoking said...

very original stuff (rip cupcakes?!) thank you!!

The Food Librarian said...

Ohhh! So pretty and yummy! The marshmallow cream (tinted) is a perfect halloween filling!

Nikki57 said...

Ohh that marshmallow cream looks delicious!

Tanya said...

I love the picture of the cupcake with the little tombstone on top. The frosting looks beautiful. All of them look great! I love the gooey center!

SiHaN said...

my fav picture definitely the one with the orange leaf. Great job with those cupcakes!

Manggy said...

Oh, WOW! The silky, shiny frosting, together with the pool of marshmallow cream, just gets me tingly all over :) I am glad you were able to save yours from a dry fate-- good thinking! Advanced happy halloween! :)

vibi said...

Very, very nice... as usual, I love the simplicity and clarity of your pics! The colors are amazing too!

Lisa said...

They are dotey! You are so creative!

I got my book this morning - THANK YOU! The bash was so much fun to be involved in, and the book is so great, and will be very inspiring I think!

Bria said...

They look great! I wonder if I'll be the only TWDer who didnt do Halloween cupcakes?

The Blonde Duck said...

I love the first picture and the one of the goo pouring out...

Cathy said...

The picture with the orange leaf is just fantastic! Your cupcakes look great -- so festive for Halloween! I love the orange tinted marshmallow cream -- now THAT is a party cupcake!

Jennifer said...

Your cupcakes are SO pretty! I love them!!!!

Darius T. Williams said...

Such a wonderful looking cupcake...this looks great! Great job w/this - and those pics make me excited!

-DTW
www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

Dharm said...

Oh I want some of those cupcakes now! I love the scary pumpkin as well as the RIP!!

Sarah said...

Yowza!!! These look great! Thank you for the cupcake tip regarding cooking times, too; I've had dry cupcakes before and I'll have to try your technique to prevent future issues.

Laura said...

Oh, that marshmallow creme looks so good! I wish I tried that - my kids would have really loved them! Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog so that I could find yours - it's beautiful and your photos are simply amazing!

HoneyB said...

I'm so jealous of you and everyone else with beautiful photos! They look so perfect you almost don't want to think of biting into them. ALMOST.

Lauren said...

i really wish i had taken the time to fill mine . . . as always your photos are beautiful

rainbowbrown said...

You butter cream cupcakes are so pretty. Very nice job.

CB said...

You did exactly what I did to avoid the dryness. I tend to undercook my cupcakes. If there are a few crumbs that stick to my toothpick I take them out. I don't wait for it to be completely clean. Love all the Halloween decor. I think the tombsones are my favorite! The orange marshmallow cream is a fabulous touch! Thanks for baking with me this week!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Eunice said...

oh my i LOVE THESE!!!!! love the tombstone and love the little pumpkin heads. you are great with these! good job!

thecoffeesnob said...

Ooh these are the cupcakes i make every time a chocoholic drops by for a visit- and they're always so well received :)

I love how you decorated the cupcakes. The little tombstones are just adorable!

Jodie said...

They look great! I can't wait to make them (mine will be late). I'm going to decorate mine Halloween-y, too! Great job!

Rachel said...

Oh I LOVED Snowballs! Your cupcakes are so cute--I love the orange and the tombstones!

Jen Yu said...

You always make your Dories so lovely, but these are lovely AND spooky :) I can't ice a cupcake to save my life... You so rock, my dear!

squawmama said...

OMG!!! I need to eat one of those right now.. YUMO!!! I will need to get that recipe for sure... have a great chocolatie day...

(((HUGS)))
Donna

squawmama said...

OMG!!! I need to eat one of those right now.. YUMO!!! I will need to get that recipe for sure... have a great chocolatie day...

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Mary Ann said...

I love how you decorated these and the leaves are absolutely beautiful! Yum!

Nina Timm said...

Your whole site at the moment screams.....It is fall!!!! The color and the recipes are simply gorgeous!

Emily Rose said...

your glaze turned out so shiny and beautiful! I was also very excited about the marshmallow fluff idea- but I unfortunately ran out of time- after seeing yours I definitely know what I'll be doing next time I make these!!

Melissa said...

fantastic!!!!!

Maria said...

I love the festive cupcakes!! I am sure the marshmallow fluff takes these over the top!

Amy said...

Oh wow, these are gorgeous!!! Love that filling idea!

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

These look beautiful and delicious.

I am sure these are WAY better than Hostess Snoballs.

chocolatechic said...

Oh...your Cupcakes are fabulous.

I heart the one with the filling oozing out.

kim said...

gorgeous pics, especially that one with the oozing filling... sinful! :) i love all of your different decorations!

n.o.e said...

Love the orange tint of your filling. I was going to do a pumpkin filling but couldn't figure out a recipe so went with the mocha. Love your various cupcakes!
Nancy

Patsyk said...

I love how your filling is oozing out... kind of like those molten chocolate cakes you get at nice restaurants... yum!

Jamie said...

Wow those look divine! Beautiful pics!

Lisa magicsprinkles said...

Love the photography! I feel so chocolatey and Halloweenish. The pic with the molten-esque filling is truly mouthwatering!

Joie de vivre said...

That marshmallow creme cupcake looks perfect for Halloween. It definitely would have the gross out factor as one bit into it and it started oozing.

Melissa said...

amazing as always! They look so rich and delish!

Peggy said...

I love that orange filling! And yes, I am old enough to remember the Hostess Snowballs. They were good! Great job with the cupcakes.

Bridgett said...

I love the orange buttercream as it looks not only festive but divine as well! Perfect for Fall.

Engineer Baker said...

Wow - the marshmallow cream pouring out of that one held me transfixed for a couple seconds. I love the little pumpkins and how you placed some on leaves - so pretty and seasonal!

PheMom said...

That oozy orange filling is crazy cool! Your cupcakes are all so perfect and so cute. I bet all the cool kids want to hang out at your house for Halloween! I know I do! (Not that I'm a cool kid... never that.) ;)

TeaLady said...

OOOHHHH!!!! that flow of filling looks to die for. They look fantastic.

Mike of Mike's Table said...

You won me over when I saw the title...then I saw the first photo and I was hungry (and loved the plating)...then the lineup of cupcakes (really hungry)...and finally: the split open, oozy, marshmallow money shot?! These look amazing! And now I am so hungry lol!

Snooky doodle said...

wow what great photos. and the cupcakes look amazing .

Dawn said...

What a great idea to put in a creamy middle. Genius!!

Prudy said...

Beautiful work! I love that oozing center!

Alexa said...

Gorgeous, stunning cupcakes! Your pictures are lovely.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Incredibly beautiful and terribly tempting! Those cupcakes are ghoulish!

Cheers,

Rosa

RecipeGirl said...

SO delicious looking! I love the swirly frosting decorations. And that oozy center is simply sinful!

CookiePie said...

Your cupcakes are beautiful! They look like they're straight out of a fantasy bake shop. Love all the orange sprinkles and Halloween decorations! Not to mention the yummy marshmallow cream dribbling out...

Passionate Baker said...

oooh wow. your cupcakes look sooo good!
LOVE the idea of tinting marshmellow cream orange...so cute!
great jobb<3

City Girl said...

How perfectly scrumptious -- and I love the decorative theme :)

Prudence said...

GREAT job. They look absolutely divine!!

Tracey said...

Wow, your glaze looks so perfect!! I love your pics!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Susan, You're like an artist with this blog! Everytime I come here, I get lured into your food and photography!

Cristine said...

Those are beautiful!!! Great job!

Marthe said...

I love all of yout cupcakes, can't even pick a favourite!! So creative@

Debbie said...

What beautiful cupcakes! I love the idea of Marshmallow creme.

Grace said...

count me among the lovers of the marshmallow creme. yes, it would inevitably end up all over my face and hands, but would i care? no. :)

Meg said...

Mighty delicious! Love the filling and the decorations!

Elise said...

These are so much fun. I have to say one of my favorite childhood food memories is Tastycake Butterscotch Krumpets...

Lori Lynn said...

You got me with the marshmallow cream filling!
Love the photos too.

Heather said...

wow. yum. i love every single one of those pictures! and these sound so good! especially with the marshmallow middle!!!

Nicole said...

I thought these looked good and oh so festive. And then.... that photo with the marshmallow cream oozing out.... Oh My Word! (I have my finger on top my head and trying to sound like Shirley Temple)

Lisa said...

Gorgeous photo of that goo oozing marshmallow cream filled cupcake. Still, looks aside, I think I'd fill mine with Nutella. In any case, they look quite appealing!

Sandy Smith said...

Beautiful, just beautiful - as always! :)

Happy Halloween!

noble pig said...

That marshmallow cream did me in..wow that is an awesome food pic there and I'm sure the taste is out of this world.

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Tinting the marshmallow fluff -- you're a star!

AmyRuth said...

Your photos look professional and of course the subject, needless to say looks delicious.
Amazing!
AmyRuth

Botacook said...

Ooooh I like these very original Halloween cupcakes :)

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

These absolutely have me salivating - simply wonderful! Especially the ones with the marshmallow cream.

Laurie said...

WOW! Your cupcakes are gorgeous and look simply delicious too.

Teanna said...

That tinted marshmallow creme is... AMAZZZZZING!

Lynnylu said...

Your cupcakes look great for a Halloween party. I, too, filled mine with orange tinted marshmallow creme, but yours turned out so much prettier.

joanna said...

your cupcakes are so perfect! i love he delicious orange goodness oozing out of those cupcakes. i can practically taste it through the picture.

Karen said...

LOVE the RIP headstone on the cupcakes! They all look so professional and delicious! Your photography is excellent!

Simply...Gluten-free said...

What pretty, pretty pictures!

Michelle said...

those are the greatest looking cupcakes! Great pics!

alexandra's kitchen said...

Oh how cute. I love the little RIP topper. And I love your photos! so cool.

Bellini Valli said...

Look at all the chocolate goodness in those cupcakes. I could grab one from the screen if I could:D

Choosy Beggar Tina said...

These look GORGEOUS! I'd mosey over to the Nutella though, because I had a traumatizing experience the first time I tried marshmallow cream (last year) that fills me with terror every time I see the stuff.

PaniniKathy said...

Lovely, lovely, LOVELY photos!!

Zen Chef said...

Wow..those are the coolest-looking Halloween cupcakes i ever seen. I take a dozen, pleaaase! :-)

Lose That Girl said...

YUM! This stop is my first visit to your site. LOVE IT! I just want to climb into the photos and live there! So delish!

Rhiani said...

I was so sorry to miss this TWD assignment. Yours look wonderful - as usual! :)

Carolynn said...

Wow-- when I take these cupcakes to work I will be sooooo popular!!! YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION to me to make wonderful treats to share with my family and friends!!! Thank you very much!!