Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Petite Cupcakes by Lindt

The desserts at Lindt Cafes are always irresistibly delicious and impeccably presented... now you can make your own Petite Cupcakes... 

Cupcake Ingredients:
• 170g butter, unsalted
• 260g Lindt Excellence 50%
• 80g castor sugar
• 4 each eggs, separated
• 114g plain flour
• ¼ tsp baking powder
• ½ tsp cream of tartar

Frosting Ingredients:
 • 330g Lindt Excellence 50%
• 20 g cocoa powder
• 45ml milk or Frangelico
• 340g butter, unsalted at room temperature

Cupcake Instructions:

• Line muffin tray with paper cups.
• Melt chocolate and butter by placing into a bowl sitting over a saucepan of barely simmering water. Make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water as that might burn the chocolate.
• Stir chocolate every once and a while then. set aside to cool once melted.
• In a mixing bowl, whisk the egg yolks and the sugar until light and pale.
• Next, whisk the egg whites in an electric mixer until they form soft peaks. Add the cream of tartar which helps create a stiffer egg white and continue to whisk until stiff.
• Gently mix the cooled chocolate mixture into the egg yolks and sugar mixture.
• Sift in the flour and baking powder and gently fold into the chocolate mixture.
• Carefully fold in the egg whites and divide mixture into baking cups. Fill approximately 3/4 full. Best use a piping bag or an ice cream scoop to do this.
• Place in the oven at 165°C and bake for approximately 25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
• Take out and place on a cooling rack.

Frosting Instructions:
• Melt the chocolate - see Lindt's instructions for melting chocolate.
• Mix the cocoa powder with milk or Frangelico and make a smooth paste. Best add liquid little by little to avoid lumps.
• Place butter in the bowl of your electric mixer with a paddle attachment. Whip up until light and fluffy.
• Mix in the cocoa powder mixture and the melted chocolate.
• Whip again and scrape down sides.
• Work with the frosting at room temperature.

Finishing the cupcakes:
•Place the frosting in a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe a large rosette on each cup cake.
•Drizzle with some chocolate sauce and garnish with chocolate curls or other.
•These are best enjoyed on the same day but can keep in an airtight container.

 • For an extra chocolaty frosting use the ganache recipe - make the day before and leave out at room temperature for a delectable, silky chocolate spread.

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