Cupcakes have been one of the hottest things around for quite a few years. What with Magnolia bakery, Sprinkles, Buttercup bake shop, etc., one can hardly turn a corner without seeing cupcakes in a bakery window. Even here in London, there are quite a few bakeries specializing in these American-style cupcakes.
Its not hard to understand the love affair with all things cupcake. First, they offer great potential for decorating and dressing up. Second, they're bite-sized and feel a lot less indulgent than a whole cake (that is if you can stop at one). Third, they are great for sharing. What's not to love?
I have my own favorite recipe for cupcakes but I just had to try Dorie's version. I was slightly skeptical about the amount of ganache called for in the recipe because it just seemed so little. I'm used to cupcakes where the frosting is as high as the cake itself! Still, I went ahead with the recipe as described in the book. I decorated most of them with sprinkles of cocoa nibs and the rest with sugar butterflies that I made a little while back.
The verdict? The cupcakes were good but I'm still sticking to my favourite recipe. You see, if I'm only going to eat one cupcake, I want to eat one that has frosting piled sky high!
For recipe, click here.