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Cupcake Hero Entry

I’m currently obsessed with cupcakes. There I said it. After weeks of drooling at cupcakes at Food Gawker and Tastespotting, I became obsessed. Then I stumbled upon Cupcake Hero, got excited, signed up, and waited for the July theme. xD

The second I saw the Cupcake Hero theme for July, I immediately started brainstorming for my cupcake. I ended up picking a White Chocolate Cupcake (although you couldn’t taste the white chocolate at all -.-)  with Blueberry Filling, White Ganache (in red) and Cream Cheese Frosting *whew*. One thing I learnt while making this was to be patient when melting white chocolate. The first time, I melted the chocolate on a double boiler and waited for forever and decided to place it in the microwave for 50 seconds. Big Mistake. After 50 seconds, a big brown blob was in the middle of the chocolate. Heh.

I’m not sure if its legal in the rules, but I made the ganache in two colors, red and white to be more with the theme and planned to do the same to the frosting. However, my little helper’s, aka my sister’s, face scrunched up and didn’t like the idea of red ganache and how much more, the frosting xD Aaaand as you can see, I’m not the neatest person you’ll ever meet but I try. xDDD The ganache is pretty much dripping and smudged everywhere. Haha.

The taste, you ask? As mentioned above, the cake didn’t have a  white chocolate taste to it but still tasted quite good. As for the blueberry filling, I have to say it lacked a bit of flavor, somewhat disappointing but that’s just another learning experience ;). The white/red ganache gives it the white chocolate kick. And who doesn’t love a good cream cheese frosting, eh?  Overall, it was a bit too sweet but it did taste pretty good even with the lack of some flavors xD.

For the recipes, I got the recipe for the cupcake here, and the blueberry filling here.

White Ganache

2/3 cup white chocolate chips

1/4 cup cream

Em’s Magnificent Cream Cheese Icing
adapted form the 06/98 Epicurious.com Cream Cheese Icing recipe
1 8oz pkg of cream cheese – room temperature, divided in three parts
2 tablespoons unsalted butter – COLD
1 tablespoon shortening
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar

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Hey there! For my second recipe, I was inspired to make this after seeing this. I’ll have to admit, the picture looked good and made me wanna make my own and so I did! xD Funny thing though, as I finished adding the dry ingredients, I noticed that it was too dry. Turns out I forgot to add the eggs! Smart, right? Anyway, it resulted to this soft dough base with chocolaty hazelnut filling and a slightly crunchy top.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup nutella (note: if you want more nutella flavor, increase amount of nutella and lessen chocolate chips)

3/4 cup chocolate chips

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

*optional: 3/4 cup crushed nuts

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare 8-inch square pan lined with wax paper long enough that it comes up across opposite sides.

Melt nutella and chocolate chips on a double boiler. Set aside to cool.

In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt.

In another bowl, beat butter with electric mixer until creamy. Slowly add in sugar until smooth. Add eggs one at a time then add vanilla. Gradually add dry ingredients until well incorporated.

Take 2/3 of the dough and press thinly onto bottom of the pan. Pour in the choco-hazelnut mixture on top and spread evenly. If you’re putting nuts, sprinkle them on top of the chocolate mixture.

Take the rest of the dough, crumble it then sprinkle on top of the chocolate/nuts. If the dough is a bit wet, add a little more flour to it.

Bake in oven for 20 minutes until golden brown on top. Let cool for 10 minutes.

Transfer to a cutting board and slice. Makes 16 bars.

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