Thursday, July 12, 2012

Jack Daniel's Cupcakes

Bryan turned 24 this past weekend! 

Most of you may know this but Bryan had recently started
a country night at his club on Fridays-
Clearly the night is centered around the concept of 
good 'ol Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey.

So when I was trying to think of something unique to bake him
for his birthday- a few ideas popped into my head.
First I thought I wanted to try some type of a Guy Harvey cake, but
Guy Harvey is by far the most talented marine wildlife artist and 
I'm still drawing stick fishes like a 5-year-old. =/

Then I figured I could at least try some type of a marlin cake-
which would have been nice if I had time to order some type of a cake pan.

Finally I just decided just to stick with the Jack Daniels theme-
Jack Daniels Dark Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes!

Dark Chocolate Jack Daniel's Cupcakes
2c flour
3/4c cocoa powder
2c granulated sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp kosher salt
2 eggs
1/2c strong coffee
1/2c Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey
1c buttermilk
1/2c vegetable oil

1. Combine flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda & powder and salt.
2. In separate bowl combine eggs, coffee, whiskey, buttermilk and oil.
3. Pour egg mixture into flour mixture and whisk until smooth.
4. Spoon mixture into baking cups (half way full).
5. Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes then let cool.

Whiskey Ganache
16oz dark chocolate; chopped into small pieces
3/4c heavy cream
2tbsp unsalted butter
1/4c Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey

1. Place chocolate in heat proof bowl and set aside.
2. Heat heavy cream until just boiling then pour over chocolate.
3. Cover chocolate and cream for 2 minuets to allow chocolate to soften.
4. Stir in butter.
5. Stir in whiskey and cool completely.

For the frosting I just used a chocolate butter cream.
Nothin' fancy.

Aside from the boys being idiots about the amount
of alcohol in the mixture- they turned out awesome!
As you can see, 1/2c of Jack in the batter (which bakes out)
and 1/4c in the ganache isn't exactly going to get the job done, boys.

We met at Brew for a few quick beers then went to Kobe for dinner.

Such a fun night! =) 


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