Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Inevitable Birthday Cupcakes

First of all, thank you for the sweet birthday wishes. You are all lovely, and you make me so very happy! It was a great weekend, full of good eats, which of course, meant cupcakes. These beautiful babies were moist, fudgy, and the sheen on that ganache just begs you to take a bite.

Chocolate Chip and Mascarpone Cupcakes
Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis and the Food Network

5 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 cup water
1/3 cup mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Cupcakes:
Place an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees F. Combine the unsweetened chocolate and water in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir constantly until the chocolate is melted, about 2 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes. Whisk in the mascarpone cheese until the mixture is smooth. Beat the sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl for 30 seconds. Stir in the mascarpone mixture. Whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, and chocolate chips in a medium bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the chocolate mixture. Stir until just blended. Divide the batter among the prepared muffin pans. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a tester inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out with no crumbs attached. Cool the cupcakes completely before dipping, about 1 hour.

For the Ganache:
Place the chocolate chips in a small bowl. Combine the heavy cream and vanilla extract in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook until small bubbles appear on the outside edge of the cream. Pour the hot cream mixture over the chocolate chips. Using a fork, gently stir until all the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.

Dip the tops of each cupcake in the ganache and transfer to a baking sheet. Place the dipped cupcakes in the refrigerator to set, about 15 to 20 minutes. Allow cupcakes to return to room temperature before serving.


  1. I saw this Giada episode (I love her) and it looks so good!

  2. glad you had a good birthday :)
    my husband's is tomorrow, maybe I'll make him these fabulous looking cupcakes!

  3. What real beauties these are!!

    MMMMMMMMM,...happy belated Birthday to you!!!

  4. I watched her make those and was drooling! That ganache on top is just so gooey and dark. Glad you liked them- now I will make them!

  5. These look really good. I love the idea of marscapone vs cream cheese. A little sweeter and creamier choice. And the ganache frosting is my fav.
    thanks - ann

  6. Looks delish..and a good way to celebrate your bday :)

  7. il bandito del bignéOctober 26, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    hey this looks good enough for a seattle visit...

  8. Ohh my, these look yummy! Love Giada! Glad to see you had a delicious treat for your Birthday!

  9. Thank you!! I am so baking these!

  10. What a perfectly lovely little cupcake!

  11. Good enough for breakfast I'd say - yum. And ganache is so fancy but so simple.

    Hope you had a very happy birthday!

  12. Smiling....cause we all have our cupcake birthday stories. Lovely.

  13. you and your blog are making me very happy right now.

    glad you stopped by mine, so i could find your little gem of a blog.



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