Usually when I make a cupcake its that final flourish of Buttercream or Chocolate Ganache that really turn it into a thing of beauty (combined with glitter and sprinkles of course!), there is one exception to the rule and that is Double Baked Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcakes! The cupcakes are a combination of dark chocolate sponge and vanilla chocolate chocolate chip cheesecake (yes complete indulgence but entirely worth it!) I sometimes like to add a little crushed oreo biscuits just to add a slight crunch.
They have such a unique finish that is almost like marble and a complete shame to even contemplate covering in any form of icing, that said if you just cant utter the word ‘Cupcake’ without sugar filled buttery lovelyness then a cream-cheese based frosting works really well.
Keeping up with the theme of National Baking Week (see earlier posts) I decided to bake a batch of cupcakes my friends and family love. I know it is a favourite because they rarely stay on the cake stand for more than an hour after serving!
The Cupcakes are a cocoa based sponge that is dark and delicious topped with a Vanilla Buttercream that is blended with crumbled Oreo cookies. For that final lavish touch half an Oreo cookie is simply pressed gently into the buttercream.
I managed to get just one picture before they all disappeared…
As it was Chocolate Week last week and I had a big bowl of left over chocolate custard/ganache sat in the fridge it seemed only right to get it used up! So I decided to combine this with the beginning of National Baking Week 17th-23rd October 2011.
I chose to make Chocolate Caramel Cupcakes topped with a caramel and nougat enrobbed in milk chocolate slice cut from a well known branded bar…rhymes with ‘Cars’…here are the results…
OK without sounding too soppy the photo below shows my best friend in the world – Louie.
So you may be sat here thinking what on earth does this have to do with Rosy Cheeks Bakery? Well I am always baking sweet treats for the people around me but it occured to me never does my best friend get anything, and that had to change! We are in a day and age where we like to know exactly what we are eating and what is going in to our bodies, and I have always been very aware of what Louie can and can’t eat so why not extend this to home-made treats instead of store bought ones with lots of added salt. Did you know that many dog food brands disguise the word salt with over 20 different ingredient names? Well rest assured that not one of the ingredients in these biscuit treats is disguising that dirty little word!
Ingredients: Wholemeal Flour, Powdered Milk, Wheatgerm, Beef Stock Powder, Egg, Water, Vegetable Oil.