Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Dark Chocolate Covered Pretzel Cupcakes

SO, I've been on a bit of a baking kick lately. yea? 

I baked some more of these dark chocolate cupcakes, frosted with vanilla cream cheese frosting, topped with dark chocolate ganache & garnished with a dark chocolate-covered pretzel. (*takes breathe*) OMG! that's alot to say about a tiny-bitty cupcake...

Dark Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Cupcakes

Here's what I did:

1. Baked cupcakes.
2. Frosted cupcakes.
3. Ganached cupcakes.
4. Topped it off with some dark chocolate-covered pretzels I already had made.
5. EAT!


If you know me, nothing is better than dark chocolate, & as for cupcakes, this is the type I can eat alot of. I like the looks of colorful & fancy store-bought cupcakes, but these simple ones are the best in taste in my book. 

I did leave some of the cuppies exposed (white), just in case I fancied an alternative taste. But, as far as the photo is concerned, the "black & white" contrasting cupcakes make for a more interesting photo. 

The chocolate just really pops out at-cha!

 These were super easy to make and put together, and they look & taste great =)

To frost the cupcakes, I used an off-set spatula to spread the frosting. Then I let the frosting set in the fridge overnight (or can be done within an hour, as long as the frosting sets). Once the frosting had time to set, I dipped them in the dark chocolate ganache & added the pretzels,

NOTE: If you don't let the frosting set (get stiffer/chill/refrigerate) before you dip it in the ganache, you will lose the frosting in the bowl of ganache bc it will be too soft, and the ganache (which is warm) will soften the frosting more and weigh the frosting down into it,..

other than that,


Have a great week! & Happy VACATION!!!!


Monday, June 22, 2015

Cactus Macaron Cupcakes

Summer-weather just keeps coming sooner&sooner here in So-cal. It's been in the 90's at times already & HOT AS HECK! Not complaining tho, I love SUMMER!

Speaking of desert weather, here's some macaron/cupcake hybrid I made recently, as in... I finished these 10 minutes ago & couldn't wait to actually upload them and post for uuu guys (and for me to reference back to, of course, in the future).

I am really loving the way they look grouped together, as if they were really potted plants. 

Makes me want to take a road trip and watch all the cactus along the way basking under the hot summer sun. 

I hope this inspires some of you.


Here's what I did:

1. Baked macarons.

2. Painted them to look like cactus.

3, Bakes & Ganached the cupcakes.

4. Used crushed pretzels as "dirt."

5. Stuck the macarons onto the cupcakes using toothpick.

6. Take lots of photos.

(I finally got to use the old canon Rebel T1i for these shots, Old school, I know, I know, but it's the best camera & lens combo for what I need them for).

In case anyone is wondering if these actually taste good, YES YES YES!


Ps. Reference my previous posts for macaron recipes, ganache recipes, frosting recipes and cupcake recipes.

<3 Laundry Cakes