Saturday, April 8, 2006

The Scent of Green Bananas in The Cupcake Bakeshop

I have a lot of pictures lying around from before we left Denmark - including these, of some cupcakes I served for my brothers birthday in late February. It's not so much a recipe, but more of an idea. It sprang from the fabulous White Chocolate and Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Santos' pictures and description persuaded me to make for a DwB-session a year ago - Boy, was it delish!

And then, browsing around Chockylit's blog, as I do from time to time (and watch out with that - clicking on Chockylit's pictures could have you running to the kitchen within seconds, thinking nothing but cupcakes, cupcakes, CUPCAKES!!!:-)), the idea emerged of taking the flavors from the cheesecake, and turning them into a cupcake. I haven't been able to find that many recipes using dulce de leche as an ingredient in, say, cupcakes, which has annoyed me a bit. So, using the approach Chockylit's has to a lot of her cupcakes (a base-recipe for the cake, then some sort of filling, and then a lavish frosting) and Santos' cheesecake recipe as a blueprint, the Dulce de Leche filled Blackbottom Cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting was born. Some name, eh?!

I used a recipe for blackbottom cupcakes from Baking by Flavor. Let them cool, then cut out little cones from the top (ate those - wouldn't want to waste them, you know?) and filled the hole with dulce de leche.

On top of that, I piped a cream cheese-white chocolate-icing sugar frosting. Now, I'll have to work on the amounts in the frosting, and I'd probably use a butter-cream cheese frosting approach, to get a frosting that would hold it's shape better - but the flavors together where GREAT! I guess you could go for a more dense, chocolatey type of cupcake-bottom - I wanted the ever-so-slightly bitter taste of the blackbottom one, because face it, dulce de leche is tooth-achingly sweet. Anyways, just wanted to pass the idea on (and remember a bit what it was like to have homemade treats - sniff!! Oh dear how I miss my oven!):-)

A little blurry, but you get the idea, right?


Alanna said...

First let me [wipe] the cupcake drool off my chin. OK now I can [speak] again: the new issue of Saveur asks if the Danish smorrebrod (sorry, I lent it to someone and don't quite remember the spelling) is dead ... it'd be a great post to respond ala Zarah Maria!

Santos said...

go on with your fine self, woman! may you find another welcoming hearth and home on your holiday where you may lay your head and scratch your baking itch!

Zarah Maria said...

Hi AK! You know what, I just bought that same magazine and read the article (I was more than a bit surprised when I saw SMØRREBRØD in big types on the front of Saveur!) and I think I am gonna respond to it. Funny article - I have to agree with the writer on some points, but I do believe that smørrebrød is indeed a "cuisine" that is still very much alive. Even more funny is, the last person she refers to in the article, Mia Tørring, is my boss' wife - small world, isn't it?:-)

Hi Santos - I hope it's just around the corner, that hearth and home!:-)

Pille said...

These muffins look absolutely decadent, Zarah Maria! Yummmy!

sage said...

oh these pics look wonderful...yummy!

to your good health,

Dianka said...

This looks absolutely delicious! I love the combinations. I will for sure have to try this!

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Ivonne said...

Ciao Zarah Maria!

Wow those treats look fantastic!

Anonymous said...

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Erin Eats said...

Oh my, this looks.. well I dunno if I've got the words to form a sentence, here: drool, belly grumble and sighhhhh. Yep, I'm articulate.

foodandlife said...

Sweet Lincoln's Mullett! I'm going to be up until 3am baking these and making cararmel sauce!

Just found your site a few days ago and will be taking many notes. Keep up the great work.


Saffron said...

HI! these sweets are incredible!Can I have one?