Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tuesdays with Dorie: Chocolate-Chocolate Cupcakes

decorated cupcakes with pumpkin in background


[recipe here]

Happy almost-Halloween! ;) For this week's TWD, the cupcake-loving Clara from i heart food4thought picked Dorie's lone cupcake recipe, the Chocolate-Chocolate cupcakes — with the suggestion that we decorate them for Halloween! (I was very excited to use my little pumpkin again!)

decorated cupcakes with pumpkin on cutting board


I loved all holidays growing up, but Halloween definitely held a special place in my heart. I was, no doubt, a candy addict. Excepting the chalky stuff like Neccos (blech!), I quickly chowed down my entire stash every year until my parents hid it from me ;) So, I was excited to bake a special "grown-up" Halloween treat this year.

cupcake with bite taken out

These cupcakes came out very tasty, with a rich chocolate glaze and a deep chocolate cake flavor, coming from the use of both cocoa and chocolate in the batter.

delicious cupcake batter

I used my #16 disher and got 15 cupcakes out of the recipe. I also committed baking sacrilege (unneccesarily opening the oven door during baking!) to get the photo below ;)

cupcakes in the oven

Like last week, a lot of the bakers had trouble with dryness in the cakes. I pulled mine at 18 minutes instead of the suggested 22, so mine ended up being light and still fairly moist in texture.

cupcakes cooling

I got my chocolate brown liners from Confectionery House. Cute, but expensive, so I use 'em sparingly.

cupcakes cooling on rack

The glaze was easy, just some melted chocolate with butter and powdered sugar mixed in. Dorie's proportions ended up giving me a good consistency.

chocolate glaze in bowl

I started scooping with the spatula, but eventually I just poured the glaze on top of each cupcake, and spread at the end.

spreading the glaze

I found some really cute Halloween-themed sprinkles to use on top! A. is not a fan of sprinkles, though ("You'll ruin it with those stupid things!!"), so I only put them on half of the cupcakes. SOMEONE is not very festive. ;)

decorating with sprinkles

A. and I both thought they were actually better the next day. I don't really know why this happens sometimes with cakes, but it does!

cupcakes lined up on cutting board, focus on front cupcake


Many thanks to the lovely Clara for choosing this recipe! Go get the recipe on her blog, and check out the other TWD blogs for their takes on this yummy dessert. Remember, if you want to bake with us, you have until Halloween to join!

cupcakes lined up on cutting board - overhead shot

65 comments:

The DeL Sisters said...

Love your pictures! As always:-)

Love you sprinkles!

Hannah

n.o.e said...

Those are seriously beautiful cupcakes. Darn about them being better the next day. I ate one the first day and froze the rest - who knows how they'll fare in the freezer. Yours look great with that glossy ganache, and I think the plain ones are a great foil for the decorated ones. And the pumpkin, of course!
Nancy
The Dogs Eat the Crumbs

The Food Librarian said...

Beautiful! And that little pumpkin is too cute. As always, amazing photos.

SiHaN said...

the little pumpking as i said before is so cute! beautiful photography and not to mention.. scrumptious cakes!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Your cupcakes look delectable and your photos are gorgeous! Beautiful job!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Those cupcakes look ever so pretty and perfect! Heavenly! Terrific pictures too!

Cheers,

Rosa

vibi said...

Beautiful as usual, everytime I come it seems you've surpassed yourself!
You must have the patience of an angel to take to many pictures... but then again, with such amazing looking food, who wouldn't be inspired!

Mrs Ergül said...

these look lovely!!!

VeggieGirl said...

Gorgeousness!! Happy "almost Halloween" to you too :0)

Sarah said...

Great job! I love the sprinkles!

HoneyB said...

Beautiful cupcakes. I love your pictures!

Prudy said...

Those are downright beautiful. And your little pumpkin made an appearance this week too!

Eunice said...

Kim I'm going to have to smack myself for not checking back here 247 as I've missed a good 5 or 10 posts! BEAUTIFUL as always!!! Keep it up babe!

Also...I've got two random wonderings for you: where are you from and who are the blessed souls who get to eat your bakes?

rainbowbrown said...

How beautiful. I'm glad to see your pumpkin out and about again. And I've got to say your A. made me laugh with his down on sprinkles attitude. I'm not a far cry from it. :)

Isabelle said...

Absolument superbes ! les photos sont magnifiques :)

Jamie said...

Those look beautiful! I have the same sprinkles!

Liliana said...

LOVE your cupcakes! Great photos!

Cathy said...

Your cupcakes are gorgeous! I love how you got that pretty little swirl effect on top with your ganache. Love the last picture with the pumpkin!

Amy said...

Absolutely beautiful pictures, Kim! Well done!!! AND - we have the same Halloween sprinkles! ;-) (the orange, brown and black ones with the tiny little bats - aren't they cute?!) These are seriously amazing looking - wonderful job!!

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

Beryl said...

Gorgeous pics! My hubs is a sprinkle fanatic so I had to go overboard for him.

CB said...

I heart your little pumpkin prop. Wait what? How can your hubs not be a fan of sprinkles? Maybe its a guy thing. My hubs doesn't care for them much either. Texture he says. Blah. It makes my cupcakes pretty so he'll have to deal! HAHA. Thanks for baking with me this week!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Vanilla Bean said...

Your pics are great! Happy Halloween!

Maria said...

Gorgeous photos! I love the pumpkin in with the cupcakes, although I am sure I would choose a cupcake..ha!

Megan said...

A radio station here in town conducted a poll of the worst Halloween candy and Necco wafers came in at #3. So I laughed out loud at your comment about them tasting chalky!!

My husband hates sprinkles as well - more for me!!

Candy said...

I loved these! Yours look terrific!

Celine said...

They really are somptuous!

Jess said...

Gorgeous photos...I love the simple sprinkles. Sadly, I remember being a huge Necco wafers fan as a young child. Especially the licorice-flavored ones. What was wrong with me?

Natashya said...

Your photos are beautiful, I love the pumpkin too. I used the same sprinkles but the desk lamp that I used burned out all the colour in my photos!

Melissa said...

your pictures are amazing, as usual. I need one of those cuppies!

Mary Ann said...

Beautiful and I am glad that you were able to use your little pumpkin again too! So cute!

Teanna said...

Neccos! GROSS! Your photos, as always, are stunning! I need to take some pointers from you!

Shirlie said...

Your cupcakes are so pretty! Great job!

Marthe said...

Great pictures, your cupcakes look perfect! And the sprinkles are so pretty, me wants some!
The puppy belongs to my brother, but stayed with me for a day.

Kayte said...

Your cupcakes are so pretty that I ALMOST think eating chocolate might be worth it...almost. I love how you decorate things and photograph them...you are such a wonder at all that! Thanks for the tip on the brown cupcake liners...wow, those make all the difference in the world in presentation, don't they?

Engineer Baker said...

Those pictures are just fabulous - love the swirl of ganache, the sneaky little pumpkin, and the pumpkin sprinkles. Too pretty.

TeaLady said...

Sprinkles of chocolatey goodness. Look good to me. Your pics, as usual, are great. My ganache was better for dipping than swirling, but still tasty. Yummy job!

P.S. Thanks for visiting.

PheMom said...

Perfection as always! Those all look like they should be in a cookbook! I'd buy it!

kim said...

thanks so much for the compliments, everyone!! :)

@n.o.e., i hope they come out of the freezer OK for you!
@vibi, lol, it's not patience, it's perfectionism... a blessing and curse ;)
@eunice, i live in new york city, and i usually send my baked goods to work w/ my husband (i don't take them to work with me because i would eat too many of them!!)
@amy, cool, i thought those sprinkles were so cute too!
@jess, lol!! well i guess some people must like them, since they still sell 'em... at least you grew out of it ;)
@natashya, your pictures look nice! i see what you mean about the color though, do you have a white balance setting on your camera? it might help if you set it to tungsten light.

Flourchild said...

Wow they just look perfect! I really like the little pumpkin you placed with those lovely cupcakes!

Kimberly Johnson said...

Your cuppies look so yummy and I love your photography!

Carol Peterman said...

Those are the cupcakes I dreamed of. Mine suffered from dryness despite taking them out early, just not early enough.

Tammy said...

wow, look at that perfect icing! gorgeous photos!

Tami said...

Very nice! I used the same little ball spinkles on mine. :) Aren't they cute?!?

Laura said...

Scrumptious Photography indeed - beautiful work, on both the baking and the photos!

Isa said...

I know I say this in every single post I leave in your site, but I really have to say it again: the pictures are amaaaaaaaaaaaazing!
And the cupcakes look fabulous too :D

Pamela said...

Once again, some seriously stunning pictures. I love the brown cupcake papers. They just become part of the cake in your photos.

Carla said...

This is my first time visiting your blog, and your photography is very inspiring (although I'm sure you hear that all the time!). What type of camera do you use?

Beautiful and yummy cupcakes :D

ooolala cupcakes said...

Wow, what details! Thanks for the inspiration and the lovely pictures :)

Tracey said...

Wow, those are my favorite photos of the day! I have the same sprinkles from Target. Great job!!

Rachel said...

Your cupcakes couldn't be any cuter! Great job!

ostwestwind said...

Your cupcakes look beautiful and as always amazing pictures

Ulrike from Küchenlatein

April B said...

Fabulous cupcakes and of course amazing photos!

Di said...

My first thought was, "Hey, the pumpkin's back!" =) I have one sitting on my kitchen table. I've used it for photographing a couple recipes so far and hope to use it for a few more between now and Thanksgiving. =) Gorgeous cupcakes!

Prudence said...

Wow!! Absolutely lovely!! I love the pumpkin!

karen said...

these pictures are absolutely gorgeous! i'm always in awe of your skills. :)

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

Just lovely! Your pics really do make Scrumptious Photography and are so creative.

Heather B said...

Your cupcakes look amazing! Love your pictures!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

that little pumpkin is a work-horse! great looking cupcakes! very elegant with the swirled ganache!

AmyRuth said...

I love your photos, especially the one directly above (maybe the last) looking down at the 5 w/pumpkin. So cute and beautiful at the same time. Yes, thanks for the source on the brown cupcake liners. Good to know.
AmyRuth

AmyRuth said...

I Heart Your Blog....Stop by and pick up your Heart . . . : )
Absolutely Amazing Beautiful Photography. Each week!
AmyRuth

Anne said...

Your cupcakes look stunning! Beautiful job!

Teanna said...

OK, so seriously, can you give me lessons in your brilliance? You are just TOO good! Your photos are to die for! And so are those cupcakes!

LyB said...

I'm with your hubby on the sprinkles, cute but not so good! Your cupcakes look fantastic! And now I have to find some of those brown muffin liners. :)

Jennywenny said...

Cool, I did a search for dorie's cupcakes and found your delicious looking blog. I was a bit concerned as mine were dry and I'm not used to dorie's recipes failing so its good to know that they are worth another try!

I made mine into Owls, I noticed that people dont really care as long as the cupcake looks really exciting, I'm all about the flavor but there we go...

debby said...

I am already having suger attack!!! Looks fantastic. Nothing compare to this post!

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