Chocolate Ginger Cupcakes with Two Toppings

Chocolate Ginger Cupcake with Whipped Cream and French MeringueWith Easter coming early this year and traveling part of March, I haven’t posted as many entries as I had planned on, but I wanted one more before this month comes to an end. I am disappointed that I missed the Daring Bakers’ challenge this month hosted by Morven of FoodArtandRandomThoughts. Check out all their beautiful party cakes! The recipe for the perfect party cake comes from Dorie Greenspan’s book Baking: From My Home to Yours. I have had fun making cupcakes lately, but I think this will be my last post on them for a while. The two little cakes here have one thing in common in that the batter, a spicy ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg blend with chopped dark chocolate stirred in, is the same, but the toppings are entirely different so that each cake stands alone. For a dessert buffet, make two batches of the cake recipe. Top one batch with the Whipped Cream Toffee Topping and the other batch with the Whipped Cream and French Meringues. The meringues are delicious served on their own, too.Chocolate Ginger Cupcake with Whipped Cream and Toffee ToppingChocolate Ginger CakeIngredients1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar1/2 cup all-purpose flour1/2 cup self-rising flour1/4 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon ground ginger1/2 teaspoon cinnamon1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg6 tablespoons butter, softened1 egg1/4 cup buttermilk3 tablespoons honey2 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely choppedPreheat oven to 325° F. Line a Texas size (6 ) or a standard cupcake(12) tin with paper baking cups. Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl. Add butter, egg, buttermilk and honey, beat mixture with a electric hand mixer on low speed until ingredients are combined. Increase speed until mixture has changed to a paler color. Stir in chocolate. Divide mixture among baking cups, smooth surface.Bake large cupcakes about 40 minutes, small cakes about 30 minutes. Turn onto wire rack to cool. Whipped Cream and Toffee Topping1 1/2 cups heavy cream6 ounces chocolate-covered toffee bars(such as Heath or Skor), coarsely choppedWhen cakes have cooled, spread tops with whipped cream, then top with chopped toffee bars.Whipped Cream and French Meringue ToppingWhen cakes have cooled, spread with whipped cream and carefully top with meringue. A fresh berry is all you need to complete the decoration.French MeringueThis recipe from Allrecipes in one of the best I have found for French Meringues. What’s not written in the recipe instructions, but hidden in the reviews section is that you have to beat the egg white and sugar mixture for 15-20 minutes for it to reach the stiff peak stage.French Meringues

11 Comments

  1. Deborah
    March 30, 2008 / 9:20 pm

    These cupcakes look wonderful!

  2. Cakespy
    March 31, 2008 / 2:19 am

    They both sound so good!! The different toppings truly do make them look like completely different recipes. OK, OK, I will take one of each.

  3. Lynnylu
    March 31, 2008 / 11:11 am

    deborah-thankscakespy-thanks, they do look different, especially with the background color.

  4. Culinary Cowgirl
    March 31, 2008 / 3:43 pm

    Fabulous. I adore cupcakes…they can be so versatile and fun…perfect for entertaining. The cake part sounds delightful with the addition of the spices.

  5. Big Boys Oven
    April 2, 2008 / 9:19 am

    Gosh your cupcake is amazingly beautifully done! so adorable!

  6. Lynnylu
    April 2, 2008 / 11:13 am

    culinary cowgirl-glad you liked the cupcakes and they really are perfect for entertaining.big boys oven-thanks-i like the name of your website.

  7. KayKat
    April 2, 2008 / 3:08 pm

    Wow! Those look so decadent, I could use one for breakfast right now 🙂

  8. Shari
    May 6, 2008 / 1:23 pm

    Chocolate, ginger, meringue – all sound delicious! Congratulations on the DMBLGIT award!

  9. Dwiana P
    May 6, 2008 / 7:46 pm

    Congrat for the DMBLGIT winner! I do enjoy seeing your pictures, they are all beautiful!!

  10. Kristen
    May 7, 2008 / 2:08 am

    I am sooooo happy for you! Congrats on your DMBLGIT win. Yay!

  11. Lynnylu
    May 7, 2008 / 11:20 am

    kaykat-thanks, with all the desserts I have been making lately for blog events, having them for breakfast is getting to be a regular thing.shari and dwiana p-congrats, again to you on your DMBLGIT awards.kristen-thanks, I’m very pleased with the award.

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