Posted at 10:32 pm by MLea
One of my resolutions for 2013 is to be more productive. So far, I’ve attempted to bake and it’s only the 6th. YAY, me! A couple of months ago, I picked up a bag of smoked chocolate chips from Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery in Ballard. I’ve had it in my mind to redo a S’mores Cupcake using the chips and finally got around to trying it today.
I realize that a S’more isn’t smoked…The chocolate just reminded me of a campfire. I also wanted to get the impression of a S’more without reproducing a Trophy Cupcake. (I also need a new pastry torch…so I can’t toast the tops without holding them under the broiler.) My plan was to make a graham cracker cake, fill it with marshmallow fluff and top it with whipped chocolate ganache that I made from the smoked chocolate. I thought that this would be the right order…graham cracker on the bottom, chocolate on the top, liquid-y marshmallow to squirt out from the middle to get your fingers all sticky…all with the faint hint of smoke in the back ground.
I failed in my selection of a graham cracker cake recipe. When I first looked at the recipe I chose, I thought that it would result in a light cake that would be easy to fill with the marshmallow fluff. I was torn between this recipe and a recipe for graham cracker pound cake, which I thought would be more like a graham cracker…dense and heavy…
When I try this again later in the week, I will go for the graham cracker pound cake…The cake ended up overly fluffy…a result of 1 tablespoonful of baking powder AND 3 stiffly beaten egg whites. I should have known.
Posted at 8:37 pm by MLea
So… we were over at the Container Store at Lincoln Square in Bellevue when I remembered that Pinkabella had opened up a store at Bellevue Square, right across the street. It seems so simple, but really we had to go upstairs and over the skybridge then detour through Crate and Barrel for a minute, then walk through Macys, find a directory and figure out what 3CC meant. 3CC means 3rd floor, Center Court. The only other things I was aware of on the 3rd floor were the kid’s play area and Gymboree. That’s probably a good place for a cupcake stand! We found our way there and I picked out a S’mores cupcake. We found a place to downstairs away from all the children. The older couple near us were amused by my photographing a cupcake before I ate it. The woman said that I should take a photo to make it last longer since I probably paid “a pretty penny” for it.
S'mores Cupcake from Pinkabella
Trophy still has the best S’mores (aka Chocolate Graham Cracker) cupcake. The chocolate cake on this was good. It had very rich chocolate flavor but was a little crumbly. As I sat on the bench, I seriously wished I had a plate and fork so I didn’t make a HUGE mess of myself. There was a tiny bit of graham cracker crumb sprinkled across the top of the cake under the icing, which was over-the-top sweet. I didn’t really get “marshmallow”, but what does marshmallow really taste like besides “sweet”. I was hoping that when I tasted the cake and the frosting together, the darkness of the chocolate would balance out the sweet of the frosting. It wasn’t the case. When I tasted them both, all I got was SWEET. The frosting was so overpoweringly sweet that I no longer tasted the cake. It was so sweet, I felt a burning in the back of my throat. I wouldn’t have this one again unless I had some insulin nearby.
I would like to know how to make the huge ball of icing on top….Maybe I need a bigger tip??