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Hershey S’mores Cupcakes

Hershey -S’mores- Cupcakes

 

Hershey S’mores Cupcakes

Ingredients

For the crust:

1 1/3 cup graham crackers crumbs
5 Tablespoon sugar
5 Tablespoon unsalted butter-melted

 

For chocolate cupcakes:

1 cup sugar
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons Hershey’s Cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk- room temperature
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg-lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup boiling water

 

For marshmallow filling:

2 egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon cream of tarter
1 teaspoon vanilla

 

For milk chocolate ganache:

1 cup heavy whipping cream
10 oz. milk chocolate-finely chopped
1/2 Tablespoon vegetable oil

 

 

Directions:

To make the crust:

Place rack in center of the oven and preheat the oven to 325 F, line cupcake tins with 16 cupcake liners and set aside.
In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter and mix well with a fork.
Press about 1 1/2 Tablespoon of the mixture into the bottom of each cupcake liners and bake 6 minutes, then set aside to cool.

    To make the cupcakes:
In a large bowl combine cocoa, sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Add oil, milk, egg, and vanilla. Beat for 2 minutes with a hand-held electric mixer on medium speed, then add boiling water and beat to combine (batter will be thin). Divide batter evenly between cupcake liners over the crust (it should be 3/4 full)
Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20-25 minutes. Set aside to cool in pan, then using a sharp knife or cupcake corer hollow out the centers of each cupcake(cut the top of each center and save for later to place it back onto the filling).

    To make marshmallow filling:
In a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water whisk together egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar, until sugar dissolves (be careful, the water shouldn’t touch the bottom of the bowl). Continue whisking over simmering water until egg mixture is warm to touch, then remove from heat and continue beating with the mixer until still peaks form. At the end add vanilla and mix well.
Transfer the filling to a piping bag with round tip or use plastic bag and cut off the corner and fill the cupcakes. Place back the tops from centers of cupcakes.

    To make the ganache:
On a low heat in a small sauce pan melt chopped milk chocolate with 1/2 Tablespoon vegetable oil, stirring until it’s completely smooth. Remove from heat and add cold heavy whipping cream, stir well until it’s evenly combine. Using a spoon spread the ganache onto the cupcakes. If the ganache is to runny place it in the fridge briefly to set before top the cupcakes.
Store in the fridge.

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Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake

Triple -Chocolate- Mousse- Cake

 

Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake

 

Ingredients:

For the Cake:

10 oz. high-quality semisweet chocolate (chopped)
4 large eggs (room temperature)
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter (softened at room temperature)

For Chocolate Mousse Layer:

10 oz. high-quality semisweet chocolate(chopped)
1–1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
2 Tablespoons cool water

 

For White Chocolate Mousse Layer:

7 oz. high-quality white chocolate(chopped)
1–1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
1 Tablespoon cool water

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly grease 9 or 10 inch springform and line the bottom with parchment paper. The cake should be baked in a water bath so the edges don’t dry out (wrap the springform pan in two layers of aluminum foil and place it in larger pan with about 1-1/2 inches of hot water).

Melt 10 oz. high-quality semisweet chocolate on low heat over a double boiler or in the microwave.
Place egg whites in a large bowl with about a third of the sugar and beating on low speed. Gradually increase the speed and beat until the mixture begin to look fluffy, then add the remaining sugar, salt and vanilla. Continue beating until all sugar is dissolved and the meringue looks shiny (nearly soft-peak stage).

Using a whisk stir softened butter into the melted chocolate until it’s combined, then whisk in the egg yolks. Add half of the meringue into the chocolate mixture and whisk gently, then with a spatula fold in the remaining meringue (keep in mind to mix in well the heavier batter at the bottom of the bowl)
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 26-28 minutes (Until the toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean).

When you remove the cake from the oven first let it cool to room temperature and then refrigerate it for 1 hour(cooled cake will sink a little and lose some volume). Take it out the fridge and run a knife around the edge of the pan, unlock the ring from the springform pan, take it off and invert the cake onto a serving plate. Remove the bottom of the pan and parchment paper then place back the ring from the springform around the cake to use it as a mold for the chocolate mousses.

 

Chocolate Mousse Layer:

Place 10 oz. high-quality semisweet chocolate(chopped) in a heat-proof bowl.
In a small dish soften 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin in 2 tablespoons cool water set aside.
Bring 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream to a boil and pour it over the chopped chocolate, stir it gently, until smooth and the chocolate is completely melted. If the chocolate won’t melt completely re-heat the mixture on a low heat, and continue to stir until it’s all melted.

Heat softened gelatine on low heat, stirring to dissolve. When it’ s completely free of lumps, stir melted gelatin into the melted chocolate.

Whip the remaining 1 cup of heavy whipping cream(DO NOT overwhip it!!!) until a soft peaks form.
Chocolate mixture must be free of lumps and the temperature should be about 80 degrees F(in order to avoid that chocolate sets up, but if it’s too hot , whipped cream will melt).

Add about half of the whipped cream to the chocolate and whisk gently until it’s all combine, then fold in the remaining whipped cream (make sure to evenly incorporate all melted chocolate from the bottom of the bowl)
Spread the mousse over the top of the cooled cake in the ring and smooth it with the spatula. Place the cake back to the fridge.

 

White Chocolate Mousse Layer:

Repeat the directions for the chocolate mousse layer, using white chocolate(be careful not to overheat the white chocolate while it’s melting or it will separate and become unusuable)
Spread the white chocolate mousse over the top of the chocolate mousse and set back into the fridge for at least 4-5 hours (or overnight).

Before serving, run a thin knife around the edge, open the lock and lift off the springform pan ring.
Garnish the cake with chocolate curls or shaving if desired.
Store it in the fridge.

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