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CUPCAKE WARS!!!!!!!!

Post by StarryNightDave » Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:26 pm

Anyone watch this on the Food Network?

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They had some interesting recipes. But, one was really STRANGE. They have "themes" for creating recipes. One theme was for a donut shop, so this woman created a TOBACCO Cupcake! You know - coffee and cigarettes?

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Check out the thread here . . .

http://foodnetworkhumor.com/2010/07/tob ... cake-wars/

She got points for originality, but it "tasted like cigarettes!" :dunno:

Other than that, another woman created a FANTASTIC cupcake with chocolate, peanut butter, and BACON! But, I can't find the recipe. But, this one was at the top of the list . . .

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Rich Chocolate Caramel Cupcake

Ingredients

* 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
* 11/2 teaspoons baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
* 3/4 cup hot water
* 2 1/4 cups sugar
* 9 ounces unsalted butter, softened
* 4 large eggs
* 3/4 cup buttermilk
* 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
* 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
* Caramel Cream Center, recipe follows
* Ganache, recipe follows
* Prepared blue rock sugar, for garnish

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line 30 regular-size cupcake or muffin cups with paper cupcake liners or line 6 dozen (72) mini cupcake or mini muffin cups with mini cupcake liners.

In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Sift the cocoa powder in a separate bowl. Whisk the hot water into the cocoa until smooth. In bowl of electric mixer, cream the sugar and butter well. Add the eggs, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla and mix until smooth. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and add the cocoa mixture. Beat just until smooth. Fill the cupcake liners 3/4-full and bake the regular-size cupcakes for 20 minutes, or until cooked through or bake the mini cupcakes for 19 minutes, or until cooked through. Remove the cupcakes from the pan and let cool completely. Fill with Caramel Cream Center and top with Ganache Frosting and the prepared blue rock sugar.
Caramel Cream Center:

* 6 ounces egg whites, from about 5 whole eggs
* 1/3 cup sugar
* 12 ounces to 1 pound unsalted butter, softened and cut into small pieces
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 batch Agave Caramel Sauce, recipe follows

Warm the egg whites and sugar over a double boiler, stirring the egg mixture until the sugar dissolves and the mixture feels warm to the touch. Remove from the heat and whip until medium-stiff peaks form. With the mixer running, gradually add the softened butter and vanilla until thick and smooth. Fold in the Agave Caramel Sauce until fully incorporated. Place the Caramel Cream Center in a pastry bag fitted with pastry tip and fill the cooled cupcakes.

Cook's Note: The yield for the Caramel Cream Center is more than needed. The extra can be used as frosting or frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature and stir, before using.
Agave Caramel Sauce:

* 1/2 cup water
* 1 ounce sugar (2 tablespoons)
* 1 1/2 teaspoons light agave nectar
* 5 ounces cream
* 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
* 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a small saucepan, heat the water over high heat until hot but not boiling. Add the sugar and the agave and stir gently to dissolve. Bring the mixture to a boil, and heat to 330 degrees F, or to a warm brown color. Add the cream slowly, whisking constantly, the caramel will bubble and rise. Add the butter and continue whisking over the heat until the caramel is smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Chill the mixture to thicken.
Ganache:

* 3 cups heavy cream
* 24 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips (recommended: Ghirardelli 60% cocoa bittersweet chocolate chips)
* Ice bath, in shallow bowl

In a saucepan, heat the cream to scald. Add the chocolate chips. Stir the mixture until smooth. Chill on the ice bath until a spreadable consistency, stirring frequently. Frost the filled cupcakes with the ganache and garnish with the prepared rock sugar.

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Re: CUPCAKE WARS!!!!!!!!

Post by tattulip » Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:06 pm

She got points for originality, but it "tasted like cigarettes!" :dunno:
:drool: :teehee:

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Re: CUPCAKE WARS!!!!!!!!

Post by StarryNightDave » Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:39 pm

tattulip wrote:
She got points for originality, but it "tasted like cigarettes!" :dunno:
:drool: :teehee:
I was thinking that it might not be that bad if she had used a better kind of tobacco. But, she just crumbled 2 or 3 cigarettes into the batter. I love the smell of tobacco and would love to try this. I just don't know what type to use.

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Re: CUPCAKE WARS!!!!!!!!

Post by Fatherducque » Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:44 pm

StarryNightDave wrote:
tattulip wrote:
She got points for originality, but it "tasted like cigarettes!" :dunno:
:drool: :teehee:
I was thinking that it might not be that bad if she had used a better kind of tobacco. But, she just crumbled 2 or 3 cigarettes into the batter. I love the smell of tobacco and would love to try this. I just don't know what type to use.
Perique! :lol:

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Re: CUPCAKE WARS!!!!!!!!

Post by Pixie » Mon Dec 06, 2010 11:02 pm

I didn't see it. Was it on tonight? Is it going to be on each week?

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Post by StarryNightDave » Tue Dec 07, 2010 12:51 am

Pixie wrote:I didn't see it. Was it on tonight? Is it going to be on each week?
We saw it Saturday afternoon. Here is this weeks schedule from the website.

* Tuesday, 9pm/8c

Tree Lighting
* Tuesday, 12am/11c

Tree Lighting
* Saturday, 4pm/3c

Tree Lighting
* Sunday, 5pm/4c

Tree Lighting
* Sunday, 11pm/10c

Tree Lighting
* Sunday, 2am/1c

Tree Lighting

http://www.foodnetwork.com/cupcake-wars/index.html
About the Show

It’s cupcake vs. cupcake in Food Network’s tastiest competition yet! Each week on Cupcake Wars, four of the country’s top cupcake bakers face off in three elimination challenges until only one decorator remains. The sweet prize: $10,000 and the opportunity to showcase their cupcakes at the winning gig. Whether a special Ace of Cakes anniversary celebration, a star-studded magazine party or an A-list celebrity golf tournament, these Cupcakes Wars really heat up. Candace Nelson (owner of Sprinkles Cupcakes) and Florian Bellanger (chef and co-owner of online macaroon company MadMac) serve as permanent judges with a third rotating judge each week, and Justin Willman hosts.

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Re: CUPCAKE WARS!!!!!!!!

Post by Pixie » Tue Dec 07, 2010 1:19 pm

Oh, wow! I thought I knew everything about FoodNetwork :lolh: I watch it incessantly! :lolh:

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Re: CUPCAKE WARS!!!!!!!!

Post by StarryNightDave » Tue Dec 07, 2010 1:37 pm

I just wish they wouldn't turn it into such a REALITY show. I could do without all of the human interest "stuff". They have 2 or 3 small contests where they eliminate contestants. Then they have a big contest at the end where they have to make 1000 cupcakes and put them in a big display in just 2 hours. They give them 2 work men plus 4 extra bakers assistants. Its crazy! I just like to see what they come up with.

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Re: CUPCAKE WARS!!!!!!!!

Post by streetsoldier » Tue Dec 07, 2010 1:42 pm

You want cupcakes? I got yer cupcakes right HERE...

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Re: CUPCAKE WARS!!!!!!!!

Post by ConsrvYank1 » Mon Dec 13, 2010 3:29 am

StarryNightDave wrote:I just wish they wouldn't turn it into such a REALITY show. I could do without all of the human interest "stuff". They have 2 or 3 small contests where they eliminate contestants. Then they have a big contest at the end where they have to make 1000 cupcakes and put them in a big display in just 2 hours. They give them 2 work men plus 4 extra bakers assistants. Its crazy! I just like to see what they come up with.
I am watching it right now when I should be sleeping. zzzzz

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Re: CUPCAKE WARS!!!!!!!!

Post by Pixie » Mon Dec 13, 2010 1:44 pm

Oh, shoot! I was awake and didn't think of watching it!

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Re: CUPCAKE WARS!!!!!!!!

Post by StarryNightDave » Fri Dec 17, 2010 5:29 pm

I found a great recipe for Italian Meringue Butter cream icing. Good photos at this blog.

http://butteryum.blogspot.com/2009/04/h ... ingue.html

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Re: CUPCAKE WARS!!!!!!!!

Post by Pixie » Sun Dec 26, 2010 5:37 pm

Is on today at 5 PM EST!!!!!!!!!!! I finally get to see the show!!!!!!!!!! :pixie:

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