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My take on a molten chocolate cake… without the… molten. lol I really didn’t start out with a molten styled dessert in mind, it was after the fact, when I looked at the picture with the cupcake sliced in half. That ganache wasn’t about to ooze out anywhere. I think it heard it whisper, “I think I can, I think I can.” But it didn’t. Not even after 8 hours of sitting on the kitchen counter… the ganache held its ground.
Why was this luscious little nugget of joy sitting out on the counter for 8 hours? I was testing how it would hold up to room temperatures. I try to do this with just about everything I make. Do keep in mind with this recipe, as well as any, your results may vary, from how you made the recipe, the room humidity, and of course the temperature. So with my test, with room air being around 70 degrees (F), it held up perfectly for 8 hours. The frosting did start to darken a little but other than that, no complaints.
This makes it a great treat to make for parties because you can put them out on the table and not fear the melt down. BUT again, lots of warm bodies in a room ,will raise the air temp, which can affect your desserts.
Bob enjoyed these so much that he shared them with some guys we had working outside and if I witnessed it right… I think he was even following the cable man, who was fixing our system, with a sample. I got orders to make more. Good thing I know the chef and have the recipe. :)
I cut one in half so you could see the inside. I am not sure why, but it cracks me up… the frosting looks like hair rollers to me, all piled high on the cupcake. haha
For a layer of flavor I used mesquite powder, which is also known as mesquite flour or mesquite meal. It has a molasses-like taste with a hint of caramel. Not only does it add great flavor to the cupcake, mesquite flour is high in protein and soluble fiber. Now granted, I didn’t use an exuberant amount, but every little bit in the right direction helps.
Yields 1 1/4 cups batter
Espresso Buttercream Frosting
Espresso Buttercream Frosting:
I wanted to share these two photos with you just so you could see what they looked like
before they got all dolled up.