Sunday, May 10, 2009

Molten Lava Chocolate Cupcakes

I got this recipe from "Cupcakes by the Cake Doctor". It was super delicious and just like I remembered.

This is the recipe for the inside molten lava delight.

Basic Chocolate Ganache (chilled at least one hour)
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
8 ounces (1 1/3 cup) semisweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. Place the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring it to a boil, stirring. Place the chocolate chips in a glass bowl. Remove the cream from heat and pour over the chocolate chips. Stir with a wooden spoon until the chocolate has melted. Stir in the vanilla. Cover with plastic wrap and let it chill in the fridge for at least an hour.

This is the recipe for the cupcake.

1 package plain devil's food cake mix
1 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 400. Coat cupcake tins with cooking spray.
2. Place the cake mix, water, oil, eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Mix until all ingredients are well combined.
3. Spoon batter into the prepared cup filling it 3/4 of the way full. Drop a heaping teaspoon of ganache onto the top and center of each cup.
4. Bake the cupcakes for 12-14 minutes or until the cake bakes up around the ganache and the cupcakes spring back when lightly pressed with your finger.
5. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and let them cool for 1 minute. Run a butterknife around the edges of the cupcake cups, lift the cupcakes up from the bottom of the cups using the end of the knife, and pick them out of the cups carefully with your fingertips.
6. Dust with powdered sugar and serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
This is what's inside one of these bad boys. Pure deliciousness!!! You can heat it in the microwave if you want the ganache even warmer. These are so good!!!

Just so you are not alarmed. They have a hole in the middle where the ganache sinks down. You can cover it when serving with the powdered sugar like I showed in the first picture or throw a scoop of ice cream on top to cover it. We just ate these as a family and so they were fine just eating them as is.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Baked Beans

So I am laughing at this picture because it has beans sloshed all over the sides of the plate. Hey, I'm happy just to get the picture on here. I just tried these beans, and they are super scrumptious. I am a sucker for baked beans. The best part about them -- you throw 'em in the crock pot. It can't get any better than that. I got the recipe from a cook book called The Essential Mormon Cookbook.

1 pound bacon, cooked and cut into small pieces (bacon makes everything better)
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 (15 oz. cans pork and beans)
1 tablespoon mustard
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons vinegar
1/2 cup ketchup

Combine all ingredients in a 2 1/2 or 3 quart casserole dish or in a crock pot. Bake at 325 for 2 hours or 200 for 6 hours. For a crock pot, I cooked it on high for 1 hour and on low for 3-4 hours. You could just cook it on high for 2 hours or on low for 6 hours also.


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