Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes

I made these cupcakes for a party and remembered how easy they are. If you need an impressive but super-easy last-minute dessert for a Christmas party, look no further. The intense chocolate flavor is just right for taking the edge off the holiday stress! These cupcakes are the one exception to my no-paper-liner rule—the cake is so moist, it's imperative. Enjoy!

Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
1 (16-oz.) can chocolate syrup
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 (11.5-oz.) package bittersweet chocolate morsels
Chocolate Ganache

1. Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until creamy. Add in eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Beat in chocolate syrup and vanilla. Gradually add in flour, beating just until blended. Stir in chocolate morsels. Pour muffin cups lined with paper muffin cups.
2. Bake at 325° for 25 minutes or just until set. Let cool 5 minutes; remove cupcakes from pan. Top with Chocolate Ganache (a spoon is the best tool for this).

Chocolate Ganache:
8 oz. semisweet chocolate morsels
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tsp. instant coffee granules

1. Combine all ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH for 1 minute, 30 seconds, stirring halfway through. Whisk chocolate mixture until chocolate is melted and surface is glossy.

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