Mini Blackforest cakes don’t have to be sinful to be delicious

  • By Reshma Seetharam
  • Sunday, January 22, 2012 10:44am
  • Life

These divine cupcakes are guilt-free, easy to make, and the results are just as good and wholesome. Baking for a Valentine’s party? they will surely please a crowd, and be over in no time!

What you need: (Makes about 30 cupcakes)

Cupcake pan

Cupcake paper cups

1 cup all purpose flour

1 cup white sugar

1tsp baking powder

A pinch of salt

2tsp vanilla extract

6 eggs

3 heaped tsp cocoa powder

2 tsp instant coffee powder

For the syrup:

3 tsp cherry brandy or rum

3 tsp sugar

1tsp lime juice

1 to 1 and 1/2 cup hot water

For the filling and frosting:

1lb fresh whipping cream

8 oz cream cheese at room temperature

3 Tbsp confectioners sugar sifted

1 tsp vanilla essence

A chocolate bar, grated to shavings or cut up

8 oz can of cherry pie filling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line the cupcake pans with paper cups. Set aside. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Dissolve the coffee powder in 2 Tbsp of hot water. Set aside.

Whisk the eggs and sugar together until the mixture doubles in quantity. When the mixture is light yellow and frothy, slowly add the flour and beat on the lowest setting until combined. Don’t over beat. Add in the dissolved coffee and gently stir it in.

Pour the batter three fourth’s full into each cup cake mould. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cool completely.

Filling:

In the meantime, combine all the syrup ingredients, Bring to a simmer. Turn off and cool. Cut little cones in the center of each cupcake. Place a cherry, close back the cone top. Now pour a spoon of warm syrup over the cupcake. Repeat until all the cupcakes are filled.

Frosting:

Add a tray of ice cubes into a large bowl. Place a medium bowl over the ice cubes. Whisk the cream cheese until all the lumps are gone. Add in the confectioners sugar, vanilla and fresh cream.

Whip it up until the mixture is light and fluffy. This should take about 5-7 minutes on medium speed. Add it into a piping bag with a large nozzle. Pipe the frosting onto each cupcake, or you could just use a spatula and dollop some cream on each cake.

Decorate it with cherries, chocolate shavings, and some melted chocolate drizzle if you like. Chill overnight for the best taste. Enjoy!

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