21.7.12

Cherry Cupcakes





When I started this blog, I had never made a cupcake even being in love with this gorgeous treat. I thought that some of the cutest cupcakes should have a pink frosting with one cherry on top. So I drew this cupcake to use as a logo to my blog. But until now, I hadn't made a real cherry cupcake. 






Cherries are in season, so I decided to recreate my draw in a real and delicious cupcake. I made a vanilla cupcake filled with cherry brandy compote. I prepared a white chocolate ganache for the frosting, then I incorporated some cherry compote to add pink color. How beautiful are they with the fresh cherries on top?

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!



Cherry Cupcakes
Vanilla Cupcakes
makes 6

1 cup cake flour, sifted
½  cup sugar
1 egg, room temperature
½ cup butter, softened
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoon milk
6 fresh cherries

Line 6 cupcake cups with papers lines. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine all ingredients in a stand mixer bowl and beat with the paddle attachment for about a minute or until light and creamy.
Fill each cupcake line two-thirds full with batter. Bake for 20 minutes or until risen and just firm to the touch. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Assembly: With a small paring knife cut a cone out of the center of each cupcake. Add about 1 tablespoon cherry brandy compote (recipe below).  Fill a pastry bag fitted with a star tip with the cherry white chocolate ganache (recipe below) and pipe on the cupcakes. Add one fresh cherry.


Cherry Brandy Compote

1/3 cup Brandy
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tb glucose syrup
1 Tb lime juice
1 cup fresh cherries, pitted

Place all ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat. Stirring constantly with a wooden spoon about 10 minutes.


White chocolate and cherry ganache
  
 1/2 cup heavy cream
16 ounces white chocolate, chopped 
1/4 cup cherry brandy compote

Bring cream just to the boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat, add chocolate, stand until melted (5 minutes), and stir until smooth and glossy. Refrigerate until firm yet still pliable (45 minutes-1 hour) then stir until smooth. Pour the cooled ganache into the bowl of a mixer and beat on high speed with whisk attachment for 5 minutes. Add the brandy compote and mix with a spoon to get a smooth cream. Transfer the mixture to a piping bag fitted a star tip.




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17 comments:

  1. Love everything about this post! Your draw, the cupcakes, pictures! Just beautiful

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  2. The Cherry on top of the cupcakes look so presentable! And... I like you post the real cupcakes on the left and the sketch drawing on the right! And the sketch drawing Cherry Cupcakes is on your Headline Blog too!!

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  3. your photography is always amazing, i absolutely love coming to our blog :)

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  4. Yum, I love cherries. Great pictures!

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  5. I love cherries and these look so good and cute!

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  6. They look stunning! Just like unreal! I wouldn't be able to eat such beauties :)

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  7. I love that your ganache is both colored and flavored with real cherries. So much nicer than artificial additives. The white choc, heavy cream and brandy would make it especially tasty!

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  8. Wow, stunning photography! I could learn a thing or two from looking at your blog. These cupcakes look fabulous. I must try these!!
    ~Nicole
    http://culinary-cool.blogspot.com

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  9. just amazingly beautiful!!!
    kisses

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  10. What, it was your drawing? Amazing!!! You are not only talented baker and photographer, but great artist! Well, it starts to make sense you are such an artist in kitchen... :D This is a total beauty, Luciana!!

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  11. I'm sure the cherry brandy compote and the ganache taste as delicious as they look in your pics!

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  12. Yum! I really like this recipe. And lovely shots too!

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  13. I will echo so many of these comments, your photography is amazing I also love to photograph food and this just makes ya wanna take a big o bite of this beautiful cupcake.
    thank you for sharing :)

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  14. I want to make these for my husband. What is glucose syrup? Is that like corn syrup? If not, what is it and where can I get some? Thanks, it looks super tasty and I can't wait to surprise him =)

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  15. Hi Ashley! Glucose syrup is also known as corn syrup. A common brand found on the market is Karo. It gives a smooth texture to compotes and jams. Your husband will love this recipe!
    lulu, xo

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  16. How pretty are these cupcakes?! I'm sure they taste amazing too. You should enter them in the cupcake crown contest: http://www.celebrations.com/cupcakecrown/

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