Chocolate. We all love it. Some of us like it plain. Some of us like it paired with delicious flavours like mint or peanut butter. Some of us like it baked into rich cheesecakes or brownies or cookies or anything, really. Some of us like it sprinkled over our warm cup of coffee, while some of us like it chilled into creamy ice cream. Some of us just like all of the above.
We all have our own preferences for how we like our chocolate. One of my good friends adores white chocolate, whereas my mom swears by the bitter (but delicious) flavour of dark chocolate. If you’re anything like me, you like it white, you like it dark, and you like it all the ways in between. I decided to bake up a batch of cupcakes that satisfied the palates of many. If you can’t choose, why not just devour all three?
I started by mixing up my favourite chocolate cupcake recipe. This particular recipe involves dissolving the cocoa in hot coffee before it is added to the other ingredients. Coffee naturally has a chocolatey flavour, so it complements the cupcakes quite nicely. The cupcakes bake up so incredibly moist. They almost dissolve in your mouth.
While the cupcakes were in the oven (producing a rich aroma that spread throughout my entire house), I made a 70% dark cocoa chocolate ganache filling. When they were finished cooling, I cut a small hole into the top of each cupcake and filled each with a teaspoon of the ganache. It seeped into the cupcakes, giving them more moisture and a touch of bitterness. I personally think this was needed to balance out the overwhelming sweetness of the white chocolate buttercream.
I made my favourite buttercream recipe and added in two heaping tablespoons of melted white chocolate. After filling my piping bag, I gave each cupcake a few little swirls to make a flower design. I then sprinkled each with a small pile of edible pearl sprinkles. And voila!
Although triple chocolate may seem a bit decadent for some of you, the various flavours of chocolate actually balance each other out quite nicely. It’s a delicious (and classic) combination of the flavour we all love to love: chocolate!
What’s your favourite type of chocolate?