Cupcake Sandwiches

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I love trying out new recipes. Especially ones I collected eons ago and I rediscover. This one was from one of my favorite hunky Chefs, Michael Chiarello. I had printed it several years ago and stuck it in my must try someday binder, which often goes forgotten. I was looking for something tasty and sweet to make for Sofia’s birthday party last weekend and I happened upon this magical recipe for cupcake sandwiches. Think decadent moist chocolate cupcakes split in half and filled with homemade chocolate mousse, whipped cream, sprinkles and mini candies – that is not your typical “sandwich”. We used mini rolos, mini kit kats and reese’s pieces for the candies and some rainbow sprinkles.

This was my first foray into making homemade mousse, something my readers know I love – a challenge. The mousse was simple to make but did not come together as creamy as I would have liked so I definitely need more practice. It tasted delicious so that is what mattered. Also the recipe said to bake the cakes for 30 minutes but I always test my cupcakes about 8 minutes early (my secret to not dry cake) and they were done at 22 mins, so be sure to check yours.  This cake recipe would be delicious to use without the candy and mousse if you wanted to frost and use a new chocolate cupcake recipe. The superfine sugar, cake flour and mayo really made for a scrumptious cake.

Sad to report most of the kids threw theirs away, probably too gourmet for a kids birthday party in retrospect, but the grownups liked them. Also Sofia ate every last crumb, love that little foodie! If I made them again I would probably make them a bit more fancy and for a grownup event. So if you want a new take on cupcakes with a beautiful presentation or want to do something cool for an upcoming holiday party you need to check this recipe out!

Chocolate Cupcake Sandwiches with Easy Chocolate Mousse

Ingredients
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 cup warm water
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup superfine sugar
2 cups cake flour, sifted
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
Easy Chocolate Mousse, recipe follows or chocolate frosting,
Whipped cream
Assorted candy pieces like chopped candy bars, chocolate chips, sprinkles
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Fill a muffin tin with 12 cupcake liners and set aside.

Combine cocoa powder and water and mix until smooth. Fold in mayonnaise. (Make sure cocoa mixture is not to hot to prevent breaking of mayonnaise). Add vanilla and whisk until smooth.

In mixer, combine sugar, cake flour, baking soda and salt and mix slowly until well incorporated. Add wet cocoa mixture, mix on medium-high until well blended. Scrape down the sides and blend for 30 seconds.

Fill the cupcake liners 3/4 way full of batter. Bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean (Mine were done in 22, even with oven at 350). Remove from oven and allow to cool on rack.

Slice each cupcake in half, horizontally, and serve the halves with chocolate mousse, whipped cream, and assorted candy toppings. Kids build the sandwiches by spreading one half of a cupcake with mousse or whipped cream, sprinkling on candy toppings and placing other half of cupcake on top.

Easy Chocolate Mousse:
13 ounces bitter or semisweet chocolate

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 large egg yolks

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

2 tablespoons superfine sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a microwave safe bowl, combine the chopped chocolate and the butter. Heat in the microwave until melted, about 35 seconds depending on your microwave, and stir to melt completely. Whisk in the egg yolks and set aside to cool.

Pour the cream into a chilled bowl of a mixer and beat on medium speed until it starts to thicken. Add the sugar and vanilla and whisk until the cream starts to form stiff peaks. Carefully fold the whipped cream into the cooled chocolate mixture. Serve immediately or cover and chill until ready to serve.

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/michael-chiarello/chocolate-cupcake-sandwiches-with-easy-chocolate-mousse-recipe/index.html?oc=linkback

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3 Responses to “Cupcake Sandwiches”

  1. Melanie Says:

    Sofia told me about her birthday cupcakes yesterday. I asked her if she was going to make me some and she said, “No.” Ha! She really DID like them!

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