Friday, November 6, 2015

Zebra Stripes

I love cupcakes.  But I also get bored very quickly with the options for them.  So I began looking at ideas to jazz up boring cupcakes.  I found this recipe and thought it would be an awesome option. 

This took a little time to put together but the end result was amazing.  I only made enough for 9 cupcakes.  If you double the recipe it easily becomes 18.

Zebra Cake Base

20 minutes Prep time
15 minutes Bake time
9 Servings

·       2 Eggs
·       1/2 Cup Sugar
·       1/2 Cup Milk (I used 1%)
·       1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
·      1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
·      1 Cup Flour
·      1 and 1/2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
·      1/4 tsp. Salt
·      1/2 tsp. baking powder

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl mix together your eggs and sugar.  Beat together until mixture is light and creamy.  Then add milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract.

In a different bowl add together flour, baking powder, and salt.  Whisk together to mix.  Slowly add your dry ingredients to the bowl of wet ingredients and whisk to combine.

Pour out a Cup or so of vanilla batter into a different bowl.  Add Cocoa powder to this and whisk to combine.

Begin to create your cupcakes by first adding the papers to your cupcake pan.  Add 2 tbsp. of vanilla batter first then 2 tbsp. of chocolate batter on top.  Continue this with each cupcake paper until each one is 3/4 of the way full.  Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

Allow to cool before frosting.

Chocolate Ganache Frosting

10 minutes Cook time
9 Servings

·       2 Cups Chocolate Chips
·       1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream

If you have a double boiler, this is a great moment to break it out.  If not, do what I did.  Add a bowl on top of a pot of boiling water.  The water shouldn't touch the bottom of the bowl.  Melt the chocolate chips in this.  Whisk to make them super smooth.

Take off of heat and add cream to chocolate.  Stir gently to combine.  Spoon out frosting on top of each cupcake while still warm.

 I added eyes, using marshmallows and chocolate chips to my cupcakes to make them festive.

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