Thursday, October 25, 2007

Choc Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes with Whipped Nutella Icing

These are the cupcakes Lexi, Rachell and myself invented on "Cupcakes & Kittens Day" (except my kitten had to stay home because Lexi's beagle Darwin would probably try to eat her) with the intention of sending them in for Chockylit's cupcake round up. That was until we realised the deadline had already passed. But on the bright side, we still got to eat some very tasty treats.
We started brainstorming on new and different ideas for a cupcake. Somehow we got onto ice cream flavours which lead to cookie dough. It's horribly American and was probably disgustingly fattening but it was worth it! It was like two desserts in one!
The icing was trickier. Normal butter cream would be too sweet and ganache too rich. So we consulted our current bible,
The Crabapple Cupcake Bakery Cookbook, and found the answer. The Nutella icing wasn't too sweet or rich and the hazelnut flavour worked well with the rest of the cake. Woohoo!

Cookie Cupcakes:

This is a basic butter cake recipe from The Crabapple Cupcake book with a few little tweaks to blend the flavour with the cookie dough a little more.
Makes 12 tasty, tasty cupcakes.
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
100 grams softened butter
1/2 cup castor sugar
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
Preheat your oven to 170'C
Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl and set aside.Cream the butter for 1-2 minutes then add the sugars a third at a time, beating in between each addition. Beat until it nice and light and fluffy and the sugar looks pretty dissolved. Add eggs one at a time and beat between each addition. Beat for 1 minute until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and beat it, just beat it.
Add a third of the sifted flour and half the milk to the mix and combine. Repeat! Add the final third of flour and beat. Don't over beat the mix or it will toughen up and not bake very well.Spoon into some ultra cute patty pans and bake for 20 minutes until the top of the cakes spring back and skewer comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack

Cookie Dough Filling:

Because this is a raw cookie mix, we took out the eggs and used less flour so it was a little stickier than usual.
80 grams butter
1/4 cup well packed brown sugar
1/4 cup castor sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup plain flour
100 grams milk or dark chocolate melts
Cream the butter and sugars until super fluffy and the sugar looks dissolved. Add vanilla extract. Beat in the flour and milk until combined. Get some anger management therapy by crushing up the melts with a weapon of choice. I personally favour a rolling pin. Add them to the cookie mix, keeping some in reserve for sprinkling on top.
To fill the cupcakes, cut a cone shape out of the top of cakes. Cut off the tip off the cone so you are just left with a cute little hat to sit on top of the filling. Take a large tablespoon of the cookie dough and fill the cavity in the cupcakes with it. Put the cupcakes little hat back on so it's not naked! Them it is all ready to ice.

Nutella Icing:

We cut the recipe in the book by a 1/3, because I usually find the Crabapple icing recipes make a massive amount. But in this case, I found it wasn't enough (hence why you can still see the top bit of the cone in the photos)! If you like your icing lightly smeared across the top of the cake, go for the 1/3 option. But if you are like me, an icing fiend, go the whole hog.
500 grams of Nutella
1/2 cup whipping cream
Whip the cream. Fold in 1/4 of the Nutella. Then fold this cream/Nutella mix back into the rest of the Nutella until combined. Pipe or spread over cupcakes and decorate with crushed chocolate.

The Verdict:

Super rich! Oh my god! You completely need to have a glass of milk with them. The cake on it's own was a little bland but the Nutella icing saved it. I actually found they tasted better the next day after a night in the fridge. I have no idea why. But I have been craving these so bad I think I will have to make them again on the weekend. Over all I think they were a delicious success! Make them! Do it! Do it now!! (and invite me over to eat them!)