Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes


My husband’s softball team, The Fast & Furious is in the finals for their softball league tonight and has their championship game.  I wanted to surprise Dennis and his team, so decided to make them homemade cupcakes.  If they win their first game, they’ll play a second game.  I figured they may need a little energy boost!  I started with Ina Garten’s recipe for her chocolate ganache cupcakes.  I needed to make the recipe about one and a half times larger than she calls for since I needed a few more than 12 cupcakes.  What I did was cream together 3/4 lb. of unsalted butter with a cup and a half of sugar.  Once this was light and fluffy, I added 6 jumbo eggs, one at a time.  I then added two bottles of Organic Midnight Moo (20 ounces each, from Trader Joe’s) chocolate syrup to the mix along with a tablespoon and a half of vanilla paste.  My cousin, Molly (the best baker ever!!)  introduced me to vanilla paste.  It is quite a bit thicker than vanilla extract, but you use it in the same way.  Ina calls for vanilla extract in her recipe, but I didn’t realize how low I was on the extract, so used my paste.  I always find vanilla paste at Home Goods.  I go into Home Goods for a little vanilla paste and come out with a new candle holder and magazine basket.  It’s a definite win-win for me.


After this is all mixed together, I added one and a half cups of all purpose flour and continued to mix, being careful not to over mix.  I lined a couple muffin tins with paper muffin cups and filled each about 2/3 full (this equaled two cookie scoops worth of batter). I baked the cupcakes in a preheated 325 degree oven for 30 minutes.

While the muffins were cooling, I made the Genache. I heated a half cup of heavy cream with 8 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips and a teaspoon of espresso powder in a double boiler and when the cupcakes were cooled, I spooned a tablespoon of genache on each one.  Enjoy!

The Fast & Furious came in 2nd place!  Nice job guys!!


Until next time, Kris


Author: Sunshine and Savory

I love when my house is filled with people, having friends and family over for a meal feeds my soul. There is nothing I enjoy more than preparing for a dinner party, a holiday dinner, or a book club meeting when it's my turn to host ... If I could, I would own a Bed and Breakfast! This would ensure I'd always have someone to prepare a meal for. Being with others and sharing my table is what I look forward to most. I was born in Wisconsin and after I got married in 1987, my husband and I moved west for his job. He had just graduated college and we were married a couple months later. An interesting tidbit about me is that I never cooked a meal before I got married. I taught myself how to cook and found that I really enjoyed it. One of the first meals I made after we were married was a shrimp pasta dish. I made this for myself when my husband was on business travel and I had so much fun inventing this meal - this was the start of my love of cooking. I probably won't be posting much on shrimp dishes, since I am now allergic. Big bummer! I was allergic to lobster, and then had an issue with scallops, so just never had a shrimp after the scallop incident. Why couldn't I be allergic to something less enjoyable?! My favorite celebrity chefs are Ina Garten and The Pioneer Woman. I hope you enjoy my blog!

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