Cupcake Hero #4: [Marshmallow]March 14, 2008 at 8:06 PM | Posted in Cupcake Hero, cupcakes | 23 Comments
Tags: carrot, chocolate, marshmallow cream cheese
I have to say that Easter is one of my favorite holidays. Its not b/c I am religious… its more commercial for me. Actually its “post” Easter b/c thats when all the easter candy and bunny related stuff is 75% off! You better believe I stock up!
I had a couple ideas right away when the Cupcake Hero ingredient was announced. I automatically thought about my favorite Easter candy – cadbury eggs – but I explained in a previous entry that it didn’t work quite the way I intended. Oh well… back to the drawing…er… baking board. Then I decided to be more adventurous and make a cupcake that embodies all things that come to mind when I think of Easter.
Second times the charm right? ;)
Is less really more? I hope not b/c this cupcake has alot going on!
HOPPY (early) EASTER EVERYBUNNY!
Me and my bunnies, Snickerdoodle and OpieBun
Chocolate Carrot Cake w/ Marshmallow Cream Cheese Frosting
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(Recipe adapted from grouprecipes.com | photos from me!)
Makes about 24 cupcakes
For the cupcakes
2-1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1-1/3 cup unbleached AP flour
2/3 cup unsweetened coca powder
1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 eggs, room temperature
1-1/4 cup honey
2/3 cup unsalted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
3/4 cup buttermilk, room temperature
1-1/2 cups grated carrots
For the frosting
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese ,softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 jar (7oz) marshmallow creme
4-5 cups powder sugar
To make cupcakes—
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Melt chocolate in a double boiler then set aside to cool. In bowl combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
In a separate bowl beat eggs then add honey and beat until light. Add butter to eggs and beat well then stir in vanilla and lemon zest. Add cooled chocolate and mix well. Stir in buttermilk then dry ingredients just until combined then stir in grated carrots.
Pour batter into cupcake liners.
Bake for 20-22 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool before taking out of pans then cool completely and frost.
To make frosting—
Cream butter and cream cheese. Add marshmallow fluff to butter and cream cheese mixture until incorporated. Add 4 cups powder sugar and mix well. Add additional powder sugar until you get desired consistency.
Frost cupcakes with 1M piping tip and garnish with shredded carrot and/or chocolate jimmies.
Husband rating: A
He really liked the chocolate and carrot cake combination. He said he tasted more chocolate than carrot cake but he wasn’t complaining about it. ;)
Wifey rating: A/A-
I am not a big fan of carrot cake so I wasn’t sure what to expect but I liked the chocolate and carrot cake combination. The marshmallow cream cheese frosting was to die for!
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