Monday, October 27, 2008

Tuesday's With Dorie--Chocolate-Chocolate Cupcakes (and a great blogger giveaway!)

This week's recipe was for Dorie's Chocolate-Chocolate Cupcakes, from Baking From My Home to Yours, pages 215-217.  This recipe was chosen by Clara from I (Heart) Food 4 Thought.  She has a great blog and I love her fun writing about her adventures in the kitchen.  Great pick with chocolate cupcakes.  I actually made them a few weeks ago for Taylor's birthday.  They are nice looking cupcakes with an adult-ish bittersweet ganache-like topping.  I worried about that as I was making them for kids, but did make six cupcakes exactly as the recipe suggests.  Besides the fact that the cupcakes really weren't chocolatey enough and a bit dry (but not BAD!), they were still good and turned out cute and fun.  The kids gobbled up their six as well as some friends of mine enjoying the less sweet ganache ones. 

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The biggest rave about the cupcakes was in fact the ganache.  It was not too sweet, but chocolatey finger-lickin' good.  I liked that it was a bit runny, so the cupcakes could be dipped into the ganache icing.  After doing this with six cupcakes, I just felt like the kids wouldn't like them not being very sweet, so I added some powdered sugar to the glaze and a tablespoon or so of soft butter and whipped it until it was fluffy and creamy.  I liked this better myself and I knew the kids would, too!  You can see the difference in the pictures.  Both halves were sprinkled with colorful birthday candies.

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I mean, really, you can't go wrong with a cupcake!  Thank you for the fun, timely pick for this week's recipe, Clara.  Check out all the other baker's blogs here at Tuesday's With Dorie for their versions of these cupcakes and get the recipe for them on Clara's blog at the top of this post.

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And another thing I wanted to let you all know about was a great, fun giveaway from an amazing blogger whose blog inspires me and just makes me happy every time I visit it (daily!).  Tayna from SUNDAY BAKER is celebrating her one year blogaversary this week with all kinds of fun things, including some giveaways, fun discussions, lots of recipes and more.  Please check out her blog and if you want to be entered in her drawing, just leave her a comment.  It's that simple.  Be sure to mention me in the comment so I can get an extra entry in the drawing! ;)  (You never know, if I win the cookbook (Taste of Home's Best Loved Cookies and Bars), you just might get a little something from me in return!)  Check out this blog, you won't be sorry!

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One more thing, Parker lost his second tooth today at school.  He's pretty thrilled about it.  After school, he wanted an apple for a snack, but made me cut it in to little chunks because he can't bite down on an apple anymore and then he wanted me to take his picture with the tooth.  He's funny.

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Parker would probably tell me not to put this picture on here if he realized his "Dora the Explorer" band-aid was showing.  He is SO over her, but it's the only band-aid we have right now.  What?  In a house with all boys--they have each liked her for a while whether they admit it or not!  (Parker even wanted and had a Dora cake for his birthday when he turned three--he's seven now.  His favorite color was pink then, too.  Daddy is happy he got over that long ago)  Sweet Tooth Fairy Dreams, Parker! ;)

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Darn, if we were only better at grabbing the video camera, tonight would have been some great footage of Sam.  I put some onesie jammies with the footies in them on him (it's getting a lot colder at night!) and he did NOT like them.  He was pulling at the feet and rolling on the floor in disgust.  It was TOO funny.  For a few minutes, he'd forgotten about them and was okay--with bottle in hand, so we did snap a few pictures, but the way he was acting if we'd have gotten it on film, he could have won America's Funniest Home Videos!  It didn't take him long to realize he was still in the "weird" jammies (none of the boys have ever liked this kind), and he started throwing a fit about it again.  We changed him so he'd be able to sleep.  I unzipped the front and let me try to take them off himself.  That was a sight to see, too!  We parents have a right to "torture" our kids now and then!  ;)

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Love the crossed legs!

23 comments:

Jacque said...

Glad to hear Parker has lost his tooth! Sammy is darling as usual. And, Dad loves the looks of those chocolate cupcakes (no surprise). Love you...MOM

Karen said...

Yum! Your cupcakes look delicious! Our kiddos must be about the same age. My little Munchkin has started losing teeth as well although she still likes Dora. :) I will have to check out the other blog for the giveaway!

n.o.e said...

Aww, the cupcakes are cute (both kinds look delectable) but the little ones are even cuter!
Nancy

Sarah said...

perfect cupcakes for a birthday...great job!

Pamela said...

Sammy looks so casual and cool with the crossed legs and the bottle! We are getting ready to go back into the feetie PJ's, too. Christian isn't crazy about them at first, but he gets used to them. It's just too cold not to have the feet covered!

Anyway...onto the cupcakes. Nice job. I also thought that they were a little on the dry and the ganache was very rich. They were still good though. Especially with some ice cream.

Congrats to Parker on the tooth!

Amanda said...

You'll be glad you snapped that photo! Great memories :) I have pics of all four of mine losing their first tooth :)

Love the cupcakes, great idea adding the powdered sugar and sweetening the ganache a bit. There are 7 of us here and only 1 didn't like the ganache. I loved everything about this recipe! I've added you to my blogroll :)

Darius T. Williams said...

of course this looks great - you guys do a great job w/the TWD challenges!

-DTW
www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

chocolatechic said...

Great decorations.

They look wonderful.

Maria said...

The cupcakes look amazing! Perfect for a birthday party! Cute kids too!

Christine said...

Yeah to Parker losing another tooth. We have our first woobly tooth and are pretty excited about it. Your cupcakes look delicious!

Teanna said...

Look at your proud son holding his tooth! So cute! And your cupcakes look fantastic! I love that you did two variations on the frosting!

Lisa magicsprinkles said...

The pics with the contrasting frostings was so cool. I love 'em both, myself.
What does the toothfairy bring? She brings us Golden Dollars - you know the $1 coins that used to be Sacagawea now they're the Presidents? Makes it special, and they want to keep them along with their teeth.

CB said...

Happy belated birthday to Taylor! Parker is so cute showing off his tooth. I promise I wont tell about the Dora bandaid. ;) Thanks for baking with me this week!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Satisfying my Sweet Tooth said...

Love the cute sprinkles and the ganache looks perfect!

Anne Marie said...

Those cupcakes look divine. Your kiddos are adorable. I love that pic of Sammy.

Laura said...

Your kids are adorable (and so are the cupcakes)! I've got 2 boys (and 2 girls - you must have gotten the memo too - 4 is the new 2) and the youngest is 15 months old - that photo of your youngest with his feet crossed reminds me so much of him!

Claire said...

Commented with your name!!! You tell Parker not to be embarrassed...even doctors wear those band-aids. I had blisters on my feet when I got to the hospital and all they had was BRIGHT pink Barbie. I wore those for a few days before I found Snoopy and later Hello Kitty. Fun stuff! :-)

Debbie said...

Ooooooo do those amazing chocolate morsels look ever so yummy!

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the kind words.

Blessings - Debbie

Kayte said...

Great photos of the kids and the cupcakes! Very nice with the sprinkles looking so happy on the tops.

Sarah Beck said...

Yay for Parker! And those cupcakes look delish...I miss you guys in Lawrence :(

Prudence said...

Great pictures of your cupcakes and adorable kids!! How exciting to loose another tooth. My son is 10 and still thinks there is a fairy god mother!! LOL...

noble pig said...

So fun! I love the chocolate eyeball on top, very festive!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Poor Sam! Anyway I finally made it here. Had a busy busy week! What a great idea to make 2 frostings, one for the children and the other for the bigger children! You no you can't go wrong with chocolate-chocolate, right?