Saturday, November 29, 2008


Look what I found! Cupcakes with Goat Cheese and Chocolate Ganache! Can this be? I love this whole website and so will you.

Check out these cupcakes!! Oh, I am afraid I will have to break down and buy a muffin tin...or pan? I am gonna have to do a lot of runnin' to justify eating these...but oh how good they look!

Double Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes filled with Chocolate Ganache and Topped with Creamy Goat Cheese Frosting Double Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 cup cocoa, natural unsweetened

1 tsp baking powder

1 1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup butter, room temperature

1 1/4 cups sugar

2 eggs, room temperature

1/4 cup oil

1 tsp vanilla

1/3 cup whole milk, room temperature

1 cup shredded zucchini

3.5 oz. Valrhona semi-sweet chocolate bar, chopped in chunks- I bet Lindt works well too
Preheat oven to 350ยบ F
Line cupcake trays with 18 baking cups.
Stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt with a wire whisk. Set aside.
Cream butter with a mixer in a large bowl. Add sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla one at a time, mixing well with each addition.
Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture in three additions, alternating with the milk in two additions (flour, milk, flour, milk, flour)
Stir in the zucchini and chocolate chunks until combined.
Fill baking cups 2/3 full and place in oven immediately.
Bake for 15-18 minutes.
Creamy Goat Cheese Frosting
5 oz. Ile de France goat cheese- Sweet Grass might would be a good substitute
3 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
3 cups confectioner's sugar, room temperature1/2 tsp vanilla
Sift sugar and set aside.
Beat the goat cheese, cream cheese and vanilla in a large mixing bowl until creamy.
Gradually add the sugar, mixing and scraping down the sides of the mixing bowl in between additions.

Chocolate Ganache
2 oz. Valrhona semi-sweet chocolate bar, chopped in chunks

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

3/4 cup confectioners sugar

Place chocolate and whipping cream in the microwave. Heat in 30 second intervals, stirring in between until melted. Blend thoroughly. Add sugar and stir until thoroughly combined.
Pour ganache into a small plastic squeeze bottle.

To assemble:
Insert opening of squeeze bottle halfway into cupcake center and squeeze ganache until you see it start to surface. Then, spread creamy goat cheese frosting on top with a knife or small offset spatula. Use any leftover semi-sweet chocolate pieces to sprinkle on top of cupcakes.

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