Monday, May 15, 2017

Chocolate Filled Funfetti Cupcakes



My roommate's birthday was a couple weeks ago and I did a lot of baking. Her actual birthday was on a Sunday when most of our friends were out of town, so I baked a smores brookie for her, but when we celebrated the following week, I made these cupcakes. Funfetti is one of my favorite cake flavors because it's so pretty and is so festive for a birthday! The base of this recipe is boxed cake mix, but doesn't taste like boxed cake because of some substitutions I made! This recipe will make around 18 cupcakes. 



Cake Ingredients:

  • 1 box Funfetti cake mix (I used Pillsbury, but it doesn't matter)
  • 1 can of soda your choice of flavor (I used diet mountain dew, but 7up or sprite works wonderfully too!)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp each of baking powder and baking soda 
  • 1 stick of butter
  • Optional: Sprinkles! Because some cake mixes don't have enough color in them!
Directions:
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Melt the butter in the microwave. Make funfetti cake according to directions, replacing soda for the water in the recipe and using one egg and 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp baking soda instead of the eggs in the directions. If you're using a different brand's funfetti mix, check the consistency and add a little more soda if it's too dry. It should be sticky and thick, but also extremely fluffy and light. Fold in sprinkles if you're adding them. Spoon batter into cupcake liners filling them about 1/2-3/4 of the way full. They will rise during baking, so don't fill them to the top! Bake for around 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. 



Ganache Ingredients:
*Note: I know this isn't a regular ganache, but it tastes great and used whatever I had on hand. If you happen to have heavy cream and chocolate, you can feel free to make a more traditional ganache too! 
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I used semisweet, but anything works)
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used almond, use whatever's in your fridge)
  • 2 tablespoons butter (this gives it the shine and consistency because I was using a milk with a low fat content)
Ganache Directions:
Heat milk and butter in a saucepan until hot. Don't let this mixture boil if you're using cow's milk otherwise the texture will be off. Pour this mixture over the chocolate chips in a heatproof bowl and mix until smooth. I found the best way to do this is with a fork instead of a whisk. Set aside until cool. 

Let's Put it Together!
This is by far the most tedious part of the recipe, but if you put on some music or netflix, it'll go by fast. Taking a paring knife, cut a circle in the top of the cupcake. It should be around the size of a quarter. Carefully remove this piece, placing it on the side and push in the cupcake, creating a little hole. Using a spoon (or your hands) fill this hole with some of the cooled ganache. Place the cutout piece over the hole and frost and decorate! There is a bit of trial and error with this, but once you get into a groove it goes by super fast! I used a store bought white frosting, but you can make your own or use a different flavor if you want! I should also note that this technique works for filling cupcakes with anything! You could add in some fruit preserves or caramel or even fill it up with sprinkles if you want!

Let me know in the comments if you try this out and what you think of it! If you have any questions with the recipe, you can also leave them below and I'll get back to you ASAP!
-Sienna

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