Sunday, May 31, 2009

Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes

A Boston Cream Pie is one of my favorite cakes, so I was bound to love these cupcakes! Having made so many Boston Cream Pies before, gave me the advantage to pick out my favorite Chocolate Ganache and Vanilla Cream. I used Martha Stewart’s Yellow Cupcakes, which is a just a regular, but nice yellow cupcake recipe. The Chocolate Ganache is by Nigella Lawson and the Vanilla Cream also by Martha. Rating: 5 out of 5. Oh yeah, I know the Oreo Cupcakes didn’t win the poll but a lot of people have asked if I could make those anyway. I can’t make them anytime soon but I will promise I will feature the Oreo Cupcakes in another poll very soon to give them another chance!

Yellow Cupcakes recipe: Martha Stewart - Everyday Food

Ingredients:
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 large eggs

Instructions:
- Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C.
- Butter the cups of a standard (12-cup) muffin tin.
- In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
- In a liquid-measuring cup, mix milk and vanilla; set aside.
- In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes.
- Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- With mixer on low speed, add half of dry ingredients, followed by milk-vanilla mixture, then remaining dry ingredients. Do not overmix.
- Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups (a 2-ounce or ¼-cup ice-cream scoop is good for this).
- Place tin on a rimmed baking sheet; bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a cupcake comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.
- Cool cupcakes 5 minutes in tin, then remove and cool completely on a rack before icing.

Vanilla Cream recipe: Martha Stewart - Living

Ingredients: makes 1 ½ cup
- 2 large egg yolks
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons + ½ teaspoon cornstarch
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup whole milk
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions:
- Whisk yolks until smooth. Mix sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add milk in a slow, steady stream. Cook, stirring, until mixture begins to bubble and thicken, about 5 minutes.
- Pour 1/3 of milk mixture into yolks, whisking constantly. Return mixture to saucepan, and cook over medium heat, stirring often, until thick, 2 to 4 minutes. Stir in vanilla.
- Pass vanilla cream through a fine sieve into a bowl. Press plastic wrap directly on surface. Refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour, or up to 2 days.

Chocolate Ganache recipe: Nigella Lawson - How To Be A Domestic Goddess

Ingredients:
- ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon unsalted butter
- 2.5 ounces bittersweet chocolate

Instructions:
- Warm with heavy cream, vanilla extract and butter with the chocolate, chopped into small pieces, and bring to the boil in a thick-bottomed saucepan, by which time the chocolate should have melted.
- Remove from the heat and whisk till smooth and thickened.
- Let cool a little before using, but you want it still runny enough to ice the cupcakes with.
- Dollop spoonfuls of the chocolate icing on top, letting it spread on the cupcakes.


The batter in the cupcake tin. This is the first time I made cupcakes without using cupcake liners.


I could have piped the vanilla cream into the cupcakes, but I wanted the cupcakes to resemble a real Boston Cream Pie as much as possible, so I divided the cupcakes in half and spread the vanilla cream in between.


The chocolate ganache is in my opinion the best part of a Boston Cream Pie, so I wasn't scarce with dolloping it on the cupcakes!


Ow yeah :D!!!

6 comments:

Snooky doodle said...

these look delicious. I ve just made some Bostom cream cuppies too I ll post them tomorrow. I m drooling now pity I can t grab one :(

Miss.Katie said...

They look so divine!!!!

apparentlyjessy said...

Look at that ganache drizzle down the side...oh yum! I would give anything to reach into my laptop screen and take one of those buns right out for a bite...sigh, I must either be really hungry or loosing it! hehe
Gotta love Martha and Nigella, with their powers combined....!

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Mmmm I love ganache!

SUGAR B said...

I am loving this! :)

info said...

These look amazing. I love the Nigella recipe for chocolate ganache!