Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Chocolate Chip and Mascarpone Cupcakes

Cook Time: 25 min
Yield: 24 cupcakes


* 5 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
* 1 cup water
* 1/3 cup mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
* 2 1/4 cups sugar
* 1 cup vegetable oil
* 3 large eggs
* 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
* 3 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
* 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips (recommended: Nestle morsels)


* 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips (recommended: Nestle morsels)
* 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
* Special equipment: 2 (12-count) muffin pans with paper liners

For the Cupcakes:


Place an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees F.

Combine the unsweetened chocolate and water in a small saucepan over
medium-low heat. Stir constantly until the chocolate is melted, about
2 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes. Whisk in the mascarpone cheese until
the mixture is smooth.

Beat the sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl for 30 seconds.
Stir in the mascarpone mixture. Whisk the flour, baking soda, salt,
baking powder, and chocolate chips in a medium bowl. Add the dry
ingredients to the chocolate mixture. Stir until just blended.

Divide the batter among the prepared muffin pans. Bake for 20 to 25
minutes or until a tester inserted into the center of a cupcake comes
out with no crumbs attached. Cool the cupcakes completely before
dipping, about 1 hour.

For the Ganache:

Place the chocolate chips in a small bowl. Combine the heavy cream and
vanilla extract in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook until
small bubbles appear on the outside edge of the cream. Pour the hot
cream mixture over the chocolate chips. Using a fork, gently stir
until all the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.

Dip the tops of each cupcake in the ganache and transfer to a baking
sheet. Place the dipped cupcakes in the refrigerator to set, about 15
to 20 minutes. Allow cupcakes to return to room temperature before

Cook's Note: For puffier cupcakes allow the batter to rest in the
muffin pans for 20 minutes before baking.

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