Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Long Overdue Birthday Ice Cream Cupcakes

I decided to make ice cream cupcakes after watching a few too many episodes of Unwrapped on the Food Network. The recipe basically follows their description of Maggie Moo's Ice Cream Cupcakes.
What you need:
Chocolate cake
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (or any kind will do)
Chocolate Ganache

Step One--Make the cake

2 cups flour
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup low-fat milk
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, melted
1. Combine dry ingredients in mixer bowl. Add shortening, milk, and vanilla. Mix about a minute on low speed.

2. Add eggs and chocolate, mix until combined, about 30 seconds. Then beat at medium-high speed, about 1 minute.

3. Pour batter into two greased and floured 9 inch round baking pans. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes

4. Cool cake for about 10 minutes, remove from pans, then continue to cool on wire rack.

Step Two--Assemble cupcakes

1. While cake is cooling, fill cupcake sheets with paper cupcake wrappers.
2. Use cookie cutter or biscuit cutter to cut round sections of cake, about the size of a cupcake.
3. Put one cake round in each cupcake holder and push cake down with your fingers.
4. Add scoop of ice cream to each cupcake, pushing ice cream down so that it's flat on top.5. Freeze for at least an hour.
Step Three--Make ganache

1 cup heavy cream
8 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
2 tsp. vanilla

1. Heat heavy cream over low heat in small sauce pan. Bring cream to bare simmer.
2. Put chopped chocolate in medium bowl, add heated cream.
3. Let sit for 3 minutes.

4. Add vanilla and whisk until chocolate melts and thickens

Pour ganache on cupcakes, completely covering the top. Freeze overnight.

Yield: 20-24 cupcakes

Cook's Notes:

I didn't like the chocolate cake much. When I was making it, I let the chocolate sit too long after I melted it, and it didn't completely blend in with the batter. If I make these again, I'll probably use a box cake mix. I think they turned out well. I'm sure I'll make them again, probably with different ice cream or toppings to mix it up.

1 comment:

Marathon Libraian said...

These were such a great birthday treat! Thank you Cougar! I will warn everyone that you need to eat it fast as it is prone to melting.