Today was Zac’s little bros birthday and my gift to him (and possibly Zac’s mom) was baking the cupcakes for his class. The cupcakes were baked and we forayed into decorating them yesterday.
I made a ganache icing, which I was slightly concerned about as I had never made one before and I’m not cooking in my kitchen, that being said, they turned out quite well and I’ve included the recipe for you to peruse.
Cupcakes a la Griffin
Step 1 – have older brother’s girlfriend bake cupcakes from recipe she had found online
Step 2 –the cupcakes become concave and “brownies”
Step 3 – have older brother’s girlfriend try once again, this time being a horrible chef and making the cupcakes from the box ( god bless you Duncan Heinz)
Step 4 – wait
patiently for older brother and his girlfriend to get back from work
Step 5 – wait
patiently while older brother and his girlfriend make ganache
Step 6 – sneak chocolate chips when your mom isn’t looking
Step 7 – eat some sprinkles
Step 8 – HORRAY ganache is finished – COVER iced cupcakes in as many sprinkles as humanly possible
Step 9 – eat all sprinkles that fall off cupcakes
Step 10 – have older brother encourage you to eat the sprinkles and lick the remnants of the icing off the spoon and out of the pan
Step 11 – have old brother wonder why you’re on such a sugar buzz and so desperate for his attention
Step 12 – Cupcakes are done.
Step 13(optional) – eat very little supper because you are “full”
So yes, we all had alot of fun and I was told that Griffin’s friends REALLY liked his cupcakes, which is really all that matters.
I stole the ganache recipe from cupcaketastic this site has some AMAZING cupcakes on it, i’m going to have to try it.
PS – I had forgotten how much seven year olds REALLY like sprinkles… ooopsies!
Basic Ganache – enough for 12 cupcakes (multiply recipe as required)
1/2 cup (125ml) thickened cream
200g dark eating chocolate, chopped coarsely
Bring cream to boil in small saucepan; pour over chocolate in small bowl; stir until smooth, strain through find sieve (if you what a high shine, but still great without the straining). Stand at room temperature until ganache is a thick pouring consistency.
The ganache will self level the cupcake so if you find that they sunk, just fill it with chocolate and enjoy. Decorate how ever your desire.