Friday, July 29, 2011
Chocolate Cupcakes w/ Toffee Crunch
Happy Friday guys!
I'm so glad the weekend is upon us! I've still got to work tomorrow, but I've got Sunday and Monday off, so it's not too bad.
Any plans for the weekend? We're probably going to be lazy - I know I'm going to be catching up on some sleep!
Anyway, I thought I would end the week with a sweet treat! It won the last bi-weekly poll and was a winner in our house too! The original recipe had some Caramel Frosting to go with it - but I wasn't in the mood to fool with frosting and just kept them simple with some chocolate ganache and toffee bits.
And don't forget to vote in this week's bi-weekly poll - I'm obviously in the mood for something chocolately!
Adapted from Bakers Royale's recipe
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons hot coffee
1/2 cup Heath toffee bits
2/3 cups dark chocolate
2 tablespoons whole milk
In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, and salt.
Add the butter, eggs, and vanilla and beat on medium speed for one minute. Stir in hot coffee.
Beat for 20-30 seconds until the batter is smooth. The batter will be slightly on the thin side.
Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners. Divide the batter evenly among the liners. Bake 18-22 minutes just until a toothpick inserted into a few of the cupcakes comes out clean. Set the pan on a rack to cool completely.
To make the ganache, place the dark chocolate and milk in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds. Stir until combined and smooth (you can heat again in 15 second intervals if chocolate isn't completely melted).
Once cupcakes are cooled, dip the tops into the ganache and sprinkle desired amound of toffee bits on top!
These were delicious! So simple and just enough of that toffee crunch to bring these to another level! I think Andy had one of these for breakfast everyday for the past week - so we know he liked them!
Have a great weekend guys!