Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Yummy Recipe: Creme de Cocoa Cupcakes with a Chocolate Ganache Topping

There is nothing better in my book than booze and desserts when entertaining guests. So when The Chocolate Shop asked me to infuse their wines with desserts it was a match made in boozy baker heaven. I took their Creme de Cocoa Wine and drizzled it over freshly baked milk chocolate cupcakes and dipped the cupcakes into a rich dark chocolate ganache - oh my - what a perfect pairing for their tasting room!

Here is my Dark Chocolate Ganache recipe:


3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup Creme de Cocoa Wine
1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips

In a microwave safe bowl add together the cream and wine. Microwave in 30 sec increments until it is steaming hot but not boiling. Add in the package of chocolate chips and mix until thick and creamy. Take your chilled cupcake and dip it in the ganache or pour over the top of the cupcake. Let cool, set and serve.

If you have trouble with it being too thick you can add more booze, if it's too thin you can add more chocolate.

What to do with leftover ganache:

Take fresh fruit and dip the fruit into the chocolate and place on wax paper for a yummy dessert.

Make it into a dessert fondue with marshmallows, rice krispie treats, apples, pretzels, cheesecake, brownies and more.

Whip it in your kitchen aid to make a whipped ganache frosting.

Make a bundt cake and drizzle over the top with some powder sugar,

Add to your coffee for a rich mocha treat.

Cover peppermint sticks in it for holiday gifts with a cute mug and hot cocoa packets.

Swirl over the top of brownies with a Carmel sauce and pecans.

Drizzle over cheesecake or ice cream for a new take on hot fudge sundaes and chocolate cheesecake.

Drizzle over pound cake with fresh raspberries.

Drizzle in a martini glass for garnish and taste for an amazing mocha or chocolate martini

Possibilities are endless! If you need more ideas let me know :)

Enjoy :)

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