Flour Bakery Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache

Saturday, July 9, 2011

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Flour Bakery Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache

There's nothing better than yellow cake. Serious. I love yellow cake. And with a chocolate ganache? Sit down and have a blast.

Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache
For my co-worker's birthday, I made these cupcakes. As you know, I don't care for frosting (which is why, I'll say it again, the Bundt Cake is the most perfect food product on the planet with a perfect cake to frosting ratio!) But I like the chocolate ganache because it isn't overly sweet with butter and powdered sugar. Just pre-butter (aka cream) and chocolate. 

Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache
Yellow cupcakes with chocolate ganache are like a little hug. A nice bite of fun and yum. The ganache chilling takes the longest... you need to wait until it is spreadable (and you can freeze any leftovers). You can either let it sit at room temp or put in the fridge and stir every 15 until the right consistency. I frosted mine with a small off-set spatula.

Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache
Do you have a special occasion coming up? Or want to celebrate making it to Friday? Then make these!

These were adapted from the Flour Bakery's Yellow Cake recipe. One day I want to make their proper yellow cake with chocolate ganache buttercream frosting.

Yellow Cake recipe
Joanne Chang has very detailed directions. You should purchase the book, Flour Bakery or get the book at your library. The Daily Meal posted the recipe.
Notes: I used powdered buttermilk. I added 1/4 cup of the powder to the dry ingredients, and used 1 cup of water instead of the 1 cup buttermilk.
Yield: 24+ cupcakes (I had extra batter but tossed it because I ran out of time - I was baking before heading off to work!)

Chocolate Ganache (learned this in my New School of Cooking class)
Equal parts chocolate (by weight) and heavy cream (by volume).
I used 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate and 8 ounces (1 cup) heavy cream. Heat the cream (not to boiling) and pour over the chocolate. Let sit for five minutes then slowly whisk until smooth. Cool until it is spreadable for the cupcakes.
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Meister @ The Nervous Cook said... [Reply to comment]

Oh, so delightful! I love yellow cake. (And of course this is a Flour-inspired recipe, because they look incredible. I was *just* talking about the bakery with my friend this morning! We were both practically mooning over that place…)

Shannon Riley said... [Reply to comment]

So pretty, I love the wrapping! :D

Mandy @ Withmilkandflour said... [Reply to comment]

These look insanely good and i have a weakness for chocolate ganache!

Di said... [Reply to comment]

Those are lovely! I'm one of the many people who loves yellow cake with chocolate frosting. I'm squarely in the minority around here, though, since everyone else prefers choc/choc. This cake recipe is definitely on my to-make list. Everything I've made from Flour so far has been terrific.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Your cupcakes look so sweet, who wouldn't want classic yellow cake with a delicious chocolate ganache? Perfect for an anytime-treat.

Patsy said... [Reply to comment]

Those cupcakes are adorable, and I love that you used ganache rather than the usual frosting on them!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

So pretty and so very cute... have been following your blog for long now.. Awesome cakes and pictures.

Love Ash.

Sara said... [Reply to comment]

So cute! These cupcakes are just adorable, and they looks really delicious too! :)

Luv'n Spoonfuls said... [Reply to comment]

The one picture of the two cupcakes looks like a face, saying of course, 'eat me'! Thank you for a lovely recipe...can't wait to give it a try. I too am not a fan of frosting (way too over the top for me usually) but are eager to give this a try.

Lysa said... [Reply to comment]

I like your cupcake paper/ liners. Did you buy those or did you make them? Can you share how you made them? Thank you!

The Food Librarian said... [Reply to comment]

@Lysa Lysa, I purchase these at Surfas in Los Angeles. They are becoming more popular...I've seen them many places. Sometimes they are parchment tulip cupcake liners. I've seen instructions to make them but they seem way too much work! :) - mary

Lysa said... [Reply to comment]

Thank you, Mary! I enjoy reading your blog. I've tried a few of your recipes and they always turn out good. Great job!

steph- whisk/spoon said... [Reply to comment]

they are so pretty! the ganache is mirror-shiny, and the texture of the cake look perfect.

Eliana said... [Reply to comment]

I absolutely ADORE Joanne's cookbook. So many solid recipes in there and now you just reminded me that I have to try this one. They look amazing Mary.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Yum! I'm making cupcakes for our backyard wedding reception and I'm going to give these a try. Where did you get the heart decorations?

The Food Librarian said... [Reply to comment]

@Anonymous The hearts are "Jumbo Heart Sprinkles" from Wilton. Here is the link: http://www.wilton.com/store/site/product.cfm?sku=710-032

You can probably pick them up at Michael's or Joann's cake decorating section, or a cake supply place.

Good luck! - mary

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Just wanted to let you know that I did make these cupcakes, with another frosting, for our backyard reception and they were fabulous. This is my new go to yellow cake recipe. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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