National Cupcake BackAthon: Gingerbread cupcakes with eggnog buttercream filling and cinnamon meringue

I confess this  some kind of elaborate, but I wanted more this time. First of all I wanted to make a good impression - because this is my post for the 'National Cupcake BackAthon' held by Baking the law. She invited me to take part and (of course) I couldn't say no. The topic is 'Gluttony at the christmas market' which gave me a lot of ideas. So second, I wanted to design a special cupcake, one I never made before, with filling and topping - and which was supposed to taste and look good. I adore this certain foodblog by Chockylit which is all about cupcakes. I love her cupcakes creations and wanted to create such a lovely and special cupcake as hers use to be. I hope I have done a good job in trying/doing so.

Gingerbread cupcakes with eggnog buttercream filling and cinnamon meringue
makes about 12 cupcakes 

Gingerbread cupcakes:
  • 100 g dark chocolate, minimum 61% cocoa
  • 115 g butter
  • 125 g sugar, granulated
  • 100 g dark molasses (sugar beet molasses; 'Zuckerrübensirup')
  • 4 eggs
  • 100 g flour
  • 15 g cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoon gingerbread spice mix ('Lebkuchengewürz')
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger, grounded
  • pinch of salt
In a waterbath, melt butter and chocolate and stir until combined. Let the mixurte cool for about ten minutes. Meanwhile mix the dry ingredients. In a large bowl combine sugar and molasses, then add the chocolate-butter-mixture and whip (with a handheld mixer) until you get a caramel-like consistency. After that, beat in each egg separately. At the end add the dry ingredients and stir until (just) combined. Preahet your oven to 180°C, fill the dough into cupcake forms and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes. Let them cool on a rack.
Preparing for the filling: Press a small round cookie cutter in the middle of the cupcake and move it a little bit back and forth. Pull it out and gently remove the cone, then cut the top of it so that you have a small disc - it'll be your 'lid' after you put in the filling. You can enlarge/deepen the filling hole by using the back of a small sharp knife. Feed the crumbs to someone impatient and hungry (eg your boyfriend).

Eggnog buttercream filling:
Let the buttercream get room temparature (or use your microwave oven for that). Add the orange zest and egg liquer and beat until combined and creamy. Fill your cupcakes and put your 'lid' on top.
    Cinnamon meringue:
    • two egg whites, at room temperature
    • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
    • 40 g white sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, grounded 
    • twelve candied almonds 
    Combine sugar and cinnamon. Whisk your egg whites until foamy, then add cream of tartar. When soft peaks form, add sugar-cinnamon-mixture. Whisk until stiff and glossy. Fill into piping bag with a round tip and cover the tops of your cupcakes with it. Top/decorate each cupcake with a candied almond. Use a flame torch or the top heat/grill of your oven to brown the meringue - just be careful not to burn it (I set my oven to the lowest grill function and the rack on the bottom rack and watched ...).

      1 Kommentar:

      Anonym hat gesagt…

      Hallo :)
      Schön, das du mit von der Partie bist! Ich habe noch keine email von dir bekommen und dachte ich schreibe hier, weil mein Postfach von einer 5MB Mail blockiert war.
      Ist Gingerbread Spice mix Lebkuchengewürz bei uns? Kannst du mir noch ein Bild aus der Kollage extra schicken, welches ich im Roundup posten kann? Am besten das Linke, da sieht man des Cupcakes ganze Pracht :)