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Chocolate Cupcakes With Rum Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate Cupcakes With Rum Chocolate Ganache

This weekend I was invited to a party where I also provided the treats for the night.

I have to confess something…I was never a fan of cupcakes before, so I never made them. I also never had the opportunity (it is hard to believe, but it is the truth) to actually taste a homemade cupcake in all these years of living in Minnesota. Everything from the store was either too sweet or very artificial tasting which turned me off and ruined my desire to want cupcakes.

However, after this weekend, I rediscovered a very simple and “common sense” fact: If you make them from scratch using real, good quality ingredients, the cupcakes are delicious!

Rethinking my philosophy behind cupcakes and reminding myself to never say never, I finally decided to make two different cupcakes for this party: chocolate cupcakes with rum chocolate ganache and pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

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After baking the cupcakes, I decorated them with Autumn theme fondant decorations. Little orange pumpkins, tiny acorns, beautiful orange roses and many, many leaves, created a beautiful display on the table. For the leaves, I mixed 5 different colors of fondant, then painted them with edible colors.

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Aren’t they beautiful?

The chocolate cupcakes are super easy to make, but frosting them with chocolate ganache, will transform these delicious desserts in something elegant that everyone will love.

 

 

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Chocolate Cupcakes With Rum Chocolate Ganache
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12 regular size cupcakes or 24 mini ones
Ingredients
  • Chocolate Cupcakes:
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Chocolate Ganache:
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips(or semi-sweet)
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp rum flavor
  • 1 tbsp butter
Instructions
  1. Chocolate Cupcakes:
  2. Preheat oven to 375F. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners or a 24 mini muffin pan.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking soda and cocoa powder.
  4. Add milk, oil , vinegar and vanilla.
  5. Beat with a whisk or electric mixer just until well incorporated.
  6. Spoon batter into the prepared pan, filling the cups about ¾ full.
  7. Bake at 350F for about 18-20 minutes if you use regular cupcake size and only 15 minutes for the mini cupcakes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
  8. Remove cupcakes from pan and let cool completely before frosting or decorating.
  9. Chocolate Ganache:
  10. Place the chocolate chips in a medium bowl.
  11. In a small saucepan heat up the heavy cream closer to the point of boiling.
  12. Pour over the chocolate and let it sit for 2 minutes without touching it.
  13. Add the butter.
  14. Take a spatula and mix the chocolate together with the heavy cream until completely smooth.
  15. Add the rum flavor.
  16. Let it cool in the kitchen, then in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
  17. When ready to use, beat it well with a mixer, on low speed until fluffy.
  18. Decorate the cupcakes.

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