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Friday, February 3, 2017
Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes
Every February, including this one, is National Cherry Month. So if you like cherries you are in luck as you will see lots of cherries. If not then sorry please share with someone you know who loves cherries.
CHOCOLATE CAKE: 1 cup cocoa 2 cups boiling water 1 cup butter, softened 2 cups sugar 4 large eggs 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon chocolate extract Paper baking cups Vegetable cooking spray 24 milk chocolate kisses
CHERRY FROSTING: 1/2 cup butter, softened 3 tablespoons cherry jam 1/4 cup whipping cream 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 (16-oz.) package powdered sugar
TOPPINGS: 24 red maraschino cherries (with stems)
CHOCOLATE GANACHE: 1 cup whipping cream 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped Preparation Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine cocoa and 2 cups boiling water in a large heatproof bowl, stirring until blended and smooth; cool completely. Beat butter with a mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; add to butter mixture alternately with cocoa mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in chocolate extract.
Place paper baking cups in 2 (12-cup) muffin pans, and coat with cooking spray; spoon batter into cups, filling two-thirds full. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Do not cool. While cupcakes are still warm, press 1 chocolate kiss into the center of each. Let cool completely. To prepare cherry frosting, beat first 5 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until blended. Beat at high speed 2 minutes or until creamy. Makes 3 cups. Frost each cupcake with Cherry Frosting.
To prepare ganache, cook cream in a heavy non aluminum saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, just until it begins to steam (do not boil); remove from heat. Place chocolate in a glass bowl. Slowly add hot cream to chocolate, beating with a whisk until chocolate melts and mixture is well blended. The mixture will thicken as it cools. Makes about 2 cups. Dip cherries in Chocolate Ganache, and place 1 on top of each cupcake.