Monday, March 21, 2011

Mint Oreo Cupcakes... mmm mmm delicious

I wonder what would happen if I threw a cupcake into a blender with some ice cream and milk. Chocolate cupcake and mint Oreo frosting milkshake, anyone?

Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated
Yield: 12-14 cupcakes

Ganache Filling

2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped fine (see note)
¼ cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar

Chocolate Cupcakes

3 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup (1 ounce) Dutch-processed cocoa
¾ cup hot coffee
¾ cup (41/8 ounces) bread flour
¾ cup (5¼ ounces) granulated sugar
½ teaspoon table salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 recipe mint Oreo frosting (recipe follows)


Ganache filling
Place chocolate, cream, and confectioners’ sugar in medium -microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave on high power until mixture is warm to touch, 20 to 30 seconds. Whisk until smooth; transfer bowl to refrigerator and let stand until just chilled, no longer than 30 minutes.

1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Line -standard-size muffin pan (cups have ½-cup capacity) with baking-cup liners. Place chocolate and cocoa in medium bowl. Pour hot coffee over mixture and whisk until smooth. Set in refrigerator to cool completely, about 20 minutes. Whisk flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda together in medium bowl; set aside.

2. Whisk oil, eggs, vinegar, and vanilla into cooled chocolate-cocoa mixture until smooth. Add flour mixture and whisk until smooth.

3. Divide batter evenly among muffin pan cups. Place one slightly rounded teaspoon ganache filling on top of each cupcake. Bake until cupcakes are set and just firm to touch, 17 to 19 minutes. Cool cupcakes in muffin pan on wire rack until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes. Carefully lift each cupcake from muffin pan and set on wire rack. Cool to room temperature before frosting, about 1 hour. Garnish with Mini Oreos, if desired.

Mint Oreo frosting

Yield: 2 cups

1 stick unsalted butter – room temperature
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 tablespoons clear vanilla extract
2 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 pound confectioner’s sugar (3.5 – 4 cups, depending on how sweet you like it)
22 Oreos, ground to crumbs
4-6 tablespoons very cold milk

1. Cream the butter and shortening in the bowl of an electric or stand mixer.

2. Add the vanilla and peppermint extracts and combine well.

3. Begin adding in the sugar and mixing thoroughly after each addition. Add enough to reach desired sweetness. (Remember the Oreo crumbs will add more sweetness too). Mix in Oreo crumbs.

4. After all of the sugar has been added and mixed thoroughly, begin adding the very cold milk… one tablespoon at a time, combining very well after each addition (mixer on medium-high to high speed) until you reach the desired consistency.