Thursday, September 18, 2008

Fauxstess cupcakes!


I've been thinking a lot about cupcakes lately. You all know I'm getting married, and my bff/maid of honor and I are going to make my wedding cake. Except, since neither of us know how to make a wedding cake, and it will be simpler, we are going to make a cupcake tower. Cupcakes can be whipped together fairly quickly, frosted easily (without fondant!) and decorated simply. So, I've got a little less than 8 months to perfect the cupcake. Also, since I'm stuck mostly at home still, I'm craving junk food. Next I will probably make Twinkies, but today chocolate beat out vanilla for cake flavors. Plus, this recipe only makes 9, which means I only have to eat 7 or 8 cupcakes before they're gone. Alex isn't a huge dessert eater. He's also not stuck at home all day. Anyway, these are great. The chocolate cake isn't too sweet, so it works really well with the sweet creamy filling.

Fauxstess Cupcakes
1/2 c + 2 T rice flour
1/3 c unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 t baking powder
a heaping 1/4 t xanthan gum
1/4 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
2 eggs, seperated
1/3 c oil
1/2 c + 2 T sugar
3 T milk

Preheat oven to 350, and lightly grease a cupcake tin. I only made 9 cupcakes, but I greased the whole thing anyway, just in case. Whisk together the rice flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, xanthan gum, baking soda, and salt. Beat the egg yolks with the oil, 1/2 c sugar, and milk. Mix the egg yolk mixture together with the dry ingredients. Whip the egg whites until it holds soft peaks, then sprinkle the remaining 2 T sugar over it, then continue beating, until the whites hold stiff peaks. Fold in 1/4 of the egg whites to the chocolate mixture (don't worry if it feels too thick to mix, it'll be ok) and then fold in the rest of the egg whites, until they are fully incorporated. Spoon mixture into cupcake tin, filling each cup halfway. Fill the remaining empty cups halfway with water. Bake 15-18 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean, and the little cakes slowly spring back when you touch them. Let cool in the pan for a few minutes (until the pan is cool enough to touch but still warm), loosen the cakes with a knife, and let cool on a wire rack.
Whipped Filling
From Kate (what would I do without you, Kate!?) at Gluten-free Gobsmacked
I'd suggest halving the recipe, or saving it to make Twinkies in a few days.
2/3 c shortening
1/2 c sugar
1 t vanilla
1/3 c milk (I used soy)
1 c powdered sugar

Mix the first four ingredients for 6-7 minutes, then add the confectioners sugar and beat another 5 mins.


Ganache
1/3 c milk
1/2 bag (6 oz) chocolate chips
2 T butter

Put everything in a bowl, and microwave, stirring every 30 seconds, until almost everything is melted. Keep stirring until smooth.
To assemble cakes:

Once the cakes are cooled, punch holes in the top of them. Use your finger, or better yet, the kind of vegetable peeler that is also useful for coring apples and punch holes in the tops of the cupcakes. Be careful not to go all the way through!! Put the whipped filling in a plastic bag, cut the tip (only a little bit!) and pipe filling into the holes. Dip the tops of the cupcakes in the chocolate ganache, filling any holes and smoothing with a knife. Stick in the fridge to let cool for a few minutes, until the chocolate hardens. Pipe swirls on the cupcake tops, and eat!

9 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness. You are amazing.

    Part of me hopes that you quickly come across your perfect wedding cupcake soon, but I can't deny that I'm looking forward to more recipes like this!

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  2. Ay, Jill - the feeling is VERY mutual! You're amazing, lady!

    I swear you are a baking/posting machine lately too!

    Rock on, Girlie! Wahoo!

    As I'm LOVING your recipes and OH-SO-WISH I lived closer so I could stop in and sneak a taste!

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  3. Dana-
    haha, thanks! I'm working my way up to twinkies!

    Kate-
    oh, thank you. I figure if I'm still not doing anything much and am home from work, I might as well do stuff I can write about!

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  4. These look so cool! Very neat. Can't wait to see those twinkies!

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  5. Anonymous6:11 PM

    t means teaspoon?

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  6. Anonymous9:41 PM

    thank you. :)

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  7. Anonymous9:46 PM

    and capitol T means table spoon?

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  8. Anonymous12:57 AM

    Thank you SO much!! These were SO good. I make them without cocoa powder and put chocolate icing on top. SO so good.

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