Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Strawberry Black Tea infused Chocolate Ganache Cupcake

Despite being under the weather recently, with a congested nose, head pounding and aching, tissues lying everywhere, I couldn't stop thinking about my all time favourite crave. It's official, my obsession towards cupcake is back. Yep, so bad so that I have been churning batches of cupcakes after cupcakes the past few weeks. Primarily to cater to orders from friends who are so kind  to support me to grow my tiny business. On the other side, I had some fun too in the kitchen; although sweating my butt out, standing for hours, and covered all over in flour & butter cream; I got round to revisiting some old basic recipes where I started putting new spin to them.

Today, I would love to share with you on my love towards pretty looking treats and why I adore small packages. C-U-P-C-A-K-E-S; how much I adore thee. Small, dainty, perfect bite sizes and if you dream it, you could certainly make them in power packed flavours to tantalize those taste buds which are forever waiting to be teased. Strawberry & Chocolate pairing, a great combination has always believed to be an aphrodisiac. What about Black Tea? Surprisingly, they worked out quite well. Alas came STRAWBERRY  BLACK TEA infused CHOCOLATE GANACHE CUPCAKE.


A hint of fruitiness from the strawberry black tea permeates the sultry dark chocolate cupcake frosted with silky smooth & fluffy dark chocolate ganache really makes this bite size treat addictive. I mean, has anyone ever thought of cupcake to be sexy? I sure did for a moment!



Strawberry Black Tea infused Chocolate Ganache Cupcake
by Chic & Gorgeous Treats                                          


* yields 12 medium sized cupcakes.
* cupcakes can be kept up to 4 days when stored in an airtight container in a fridge.

INGREDIENTS
           
Strawberry Black Tea infused Chocolate Cupcake
80g unsalted butter, softened
280g caster sugar
200g all-purpose flour, sifted
40g Dutch processed Cocoa powder, sifted
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
240ml whole milk
1 packet of Strawberry Black Tea
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Dark Chocolate Ganache
1 1/2 cup of chocolate buttons/chips
1/2 cup of heavy cream
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons light corn syrup


          

DIRECTIONS
To prepare Strawberry Black Tea infused Chocolate Cupcake:

1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line muffin tin with cupcake liners. In a medium saucepan, place packet of strawberry black tea into the milk, and bring it up to a boil. Set aside to allow the milk tea sit in room temperature. Meanwhile, with a paddle attachment attached to a stand mixer, on medium speed, cream butter and sugar until light, fluffy and pale. Add one egg at a time, beating after each addition, scraping down the sides of the bowl and continue to beat until it is well combine.

2.  In another bowl, sift together all-purpose flour, baking powder and cocoa powder. Turn mixer down to low speed, start off by adding flour to the butter and egg mixture, followed by milk tea and ending with flour. Scrap down the sides occasionally and keep mixing until the batter is smooth.

3. Divide the batter evenly into prepared cupcake liners and bake between 15-20 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to allow cupcakes to cool off completely before frosting them.

To prepare Strawberry Black Tea infused Chocolate Cupcake:

4. In a double boiler, add chocolate buttons or chips, butter, & light corn syrup in a heatproof bowl and place the bowl over simmering hot water.  Stir occasionally to help the chocolate chips melt. Once completely melted, take bowl off the heat and set aside to allow it to cool to room-temperature. Stir in heavy cream. Mixture will appear runny at first, and will thickened up once cream and melted chocolate is fully combined.

5. Transfer ganache to a mixing bowl with a whisk attached to the stand mixer,  and on medium-high speed, whip ganache until light and fluffy. Using a 1M Wilton tip, pipe rosettes on the cooled strawberry black tea infused chocolate cupcake. ENJOY!
*chocolate cake base recipe slightly adapted from Hummingbird Bakery



xx



11 comments:

  1. Aww I hope you feel better soon my friend!
    These cupcakes look delicious, what an exotic combination!

    Cheers
    CCU

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    1. Thanks Uru! I am feeling much better now. Crazy weather here in KL but I hear OZ has been quite warm lately too, whereby you all may be facing a really scorching summer. Catch up soon and have a great week!

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  2. Oooooh, pero que rico, Joanna!!! Lo primero, es que espero que ya estés bien de salud. Y lo segundo felicitarte por estos cupcakes que me han parecido deliciosos, también muy sexys, y con una decoración preciosa. :))) Besitos y cuidate mucho.

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    1. Hmm I am loving your description of my cupcakes. Sexy eh? Chocolate and strawberry is definitely a sexy combo, no doubt :).

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  3. gorgeous,gorgeous.....stunningly beautiful cupcakes...those beautiful ganache rosettes and sugar flowers look sooooooooo stunning,you are a brilliant baker and thanks so much for the inspiration :-)

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    1. THANKS heaps!! And am glad you love the look of them.

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  5. Everything you do is stunning beautiful Jo. This one is no different. So sorry to have missed so many of your posts and am glad to be back in the saddle :)

    hugs!

    chow! DEVAKI @ weavethousandflavors

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    1. Awe THANKS Devaki! I have been away myself quite a fair bit too, due to work mostly. So not to worry. I completely understand that eveyone has their own tight schedules. Hope all is well with you my friend. Take care and lots of love ♥ Jo

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  6. Hi Jo, you have to be the 'cupcake queen' as far as I'm concerned...way back in San Francisco, when we were visiting that famous place and some other places, how you were so excited about them...that is foodbuzz festival...how can I forget our meeting, and 'roomies together'...so much fun!
    Love your dark background on the photos, and of course the yummyliscious cupcakes! Big Hugs my sweet friend!

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    1. Hi Eli! Thanks for coming over and till this very day I count myself lucky to have been able to meet all of you wonderful ladies. I really do miss that day in Foodbuzz Festival and could still recall it clearly in my memory. Definitely something I remind myself of whenever I feel a little blue :). Hope all is well with you and stay in touch. Hugs, Jo

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