Thursday, March 14, 2013

Cinnamon Espresso St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes

by Darla

Cinnamon Espresso Cupcakes by BakingdomDoes anybody else feel like March is the boringest month ever?

I mean, unless your birthday is in March. Then, you probably like it.

Okay, yes, hubs and I just celebrated our anniversary, and St. pat’s is this Sunday, so that’s fun, but that’s all I’ve got.

Seriously, March, you are boring. I’m stuck in the middle of you with nothing to do, and nowhere to go. Can’t travel, cause school. Can’t do much outside, cause cold. And no one ever visits, cause of the same reasons-school and cold.

Besides reading, I find myself incessantly online window shopping, and now all of my favorite shops have apps. Thanks a lot, shops, for teaming up with March trying to make me spend lotsa money.

And don’t even get me started on daylight savings time.

Anyway.

At least there’s cupcakes, right? Cinnamon and chocolate and espresso-y cupcakes.

These flavors really have absolutely nothing to do with Ireland or St. Patrick’s Day, they’re just yummy.

I mean, I guess you could say the coffee might be…somehow. Or maybe the chocolate-there’s always chocolate on St. Patrick’s Day. Really, though, I just liked the way the cinnamon and chocolate tasted with the espresso. That’s all.

St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes by BakingdomTo doll these babies up for St. Patrick’s Day, I frosted some in plain vanilla frosting, then coated them in green sanding sugar. For the finishing touch, I used a chocolate coin mold to make a little leprechaun gold, then topped each cupcake with one.

Cinnamon Espresso St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes by BakingdomFor the rest of my cupcakes, I kept them simple with a swirl of vanilla frosting, topped with sweet little shamrocks and four-leaf clovers.

Chocolate 4-leaf CloversI used green candy melts to make four-leaf clovers for garnish. I just drew the clovers on parchment paper, then, once the candy set up, I peeled them away from the parchment, and placed them with the smooth, flat side out.

Chocolate ShamrocksSame for the shamrocks…simple. They’re both adorable, and they’re both perfect.

Chocolate Cinnamon Espresso Cupcakes by Bakingdom.jpgThese smelled amazing while they were baking. My whole house smelled warm, sweet, and spicy all day, so you can just imagine how delicious they are!

This is a fork-worthy cupcake, if ever there were one. I’m usually offended by cupcakes that need the assistance of a fork, but sometimes, some cupcakes are just totally worth it. It’s really the ganache that makes these cupcakes what they are. It’s rich and chocolaty, creamy and cinnamon-spicy, and perfectly complimented with dark espresso.

Very best part: easy. Simple cupcake recipe, fast ganache recipe, easy frosting recipe. Yay for simple!!

Enjoy!

Cinnamon Cupcakes
Filled with Cinnamon Espresso Ganache

Makes 12 standard cupcakes

Ingredients

FOR THE CUPCAKES
1 1/2 cups (190 grams) all-purpose flour
1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick or 113 grams) unsalted butter, softened but still cool
1/2 cup sour cream
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract

FOR THE GANACHE
2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
1 ounce cinnamon chips
1 1/2 ounces (about 3 tablespoon) heavy cream
1 teaspoon instant espresso

1 recipe Vanilla Buttercream

To make the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees (180 C). Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners; set aside.

In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add the butter, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla and mix well, until the mixture is smooth, about 30 seconds. Get rid of any remaining flour by stirring the mixture by hand, with a spatula.

Place three tablespoons of batter in each prepared baking cup. Divide the streusel evenly among the cupcakes, and sprinkle it on each one. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before filling or frosting.

To make the ganache: Combine the chocolate and cinnamon chips in a small bowl; set aside.

Heat the heavy cream until boiling. Stir int he espresso until completely dissolved. Pour the hot cream mixture over the chocolate. Let sit for 5 minutes, then whisk thoroughly until the chocolate is completely melted.

Assemble: Use an apple corer to core out a small portion of the center of the cupcake and fill with the ganache, then replace the cored out piece (or a portion of it).

OR

Fill a disposable decorator bag, fitted with a cupcake filling tip (or large writing tip, I use a Wilton #7), with the ganache. Insert the tip into the center of the cupcake and squeeze to fill. The cupcake is full when you can feel the ganache push back against the tip (it will slowly force the decorating tip out of the cupcake). Frost as desired.

Recipe by Darla

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar March 14, 2013 at 11:24 am

These are absolutely gorgeous! Awesome idea!

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2 Nancy @ gottagetbaked March 14, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Agreed – March sucks (for those not born this month). In Vancouver, it doesn’t stop raining, it’s constantly grey, dreary and wet, and there are no holidays. Major boo! But if I had these cupcakes, none of that would matter. Life would be sheer bliss. I’m dying over that ganache centre! Would I be frowned upon if I took a big bite out of the middle of each cupcake just to eat the centre?

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3 Emily ~So Domesticated~ March 14, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Looks fabulous!

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4 Sarah Gale March 14, 2013 at 2:55 pm

March is totally fun… it’s PI day today! 3.14

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5 Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen March 14, 2013 at 3:39 pm

That ganache! Oh my! Totally worthy of a fork!

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6 Gemma March 14, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Darla! These cupcakes are so freakin’ adorable! I mean, we don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Spain but I think this is gonna change this year..all because of your cuppies! :-) Love how you frosted them combining the simple vanilla frosting with the green-frosted ones.
Yeah, March is a boring month. But it’s my mom’s birthday next tuesday! That means I’m gonna be busy this weekend wrapping up presents and buying all the ingredients (plus a new baking pan, cause I noticed the one I bought just a month ago it’s dented!UGH).
xoxox
G.
PS: I put up a new recipe on my blog, vegan brownies. Check them out and let me know your thoughts!

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7 Annie @ Annie's Noms March 15, 2013 at 12:26 pm

These look amazing, love the green! Even without it being St Pat’s green is my favourite colour and these are pretty, also absolutely love the espresso cinnamon filling, I need to try that! Chocolate and cinnamon go so well together :)

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8 shelly (cookies and cups) March 15, 2013 at 12:30 pm

These are so sweet! Simple too.. and a cinnamon cupcake gets me every time!

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9 Bobbie March 15, 2013 at 2:41 pm

These look amazing! I am not really into St. Patrick’s day but I may actually make these! They are super cute!

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10 Lynna March 16, 2013 at 9:15 pm

So cutee! :) I love the little clovers on top of the cupcakes.

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11 foodielady March 17, 2013 at 1:43 am

Hi Darla
Would love to try making the lovely cupcakes.

1.dont have cinnamon chips. What do I substitute them with?
2.Can I substitute heavy cream with whipping cream?
3. Can I keep the cupcake batter overnight inthe fridge and bake the next day?

Rgds
Katherine

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12 Elle March 18, 2013 at 2:40 am

The green sparkly topping works so well – it looks glittery from these pictures! The cupcakes themselves also look delicious – such a good combination!

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