Your breakfast is too sugary

You know the American idea of breakfast is too sweet when a cupcake recipe (topped with white chocolate, no less) tastes like something you've had for breakfast just because it's got apple in it.

Anyhow, this week's cupcake is apple-ginger with white chocolate-cinnamon ganache. My apologies for the lack of photo; I didn't think to borrow a camera until they were gone.

For the cupcake itself, I modified Cupcakes Take the Cake's vanilla-almond-peach recipe. I substituted a Granny Smith apple (good for baking 'cause they're so crispy) for the peach, brown sugar for the white sugar, and used 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract instead of 1 tsp vanilla and 1/2 tsp almond. I added about 1/3 C chopped crystallized ginger as well.

For the topping, I used the basic ganache recipe from, except I made it with white chocolate instead of real chocolate, and I added maybe a teaspoon of cinnamon to the cream-butter mixture while it was on the stove.

They tasted pretty nice, although I'd have been happier with them if they'd come out with more of a dome shape (they were a little sunken, due to the extra moisture from the apples I think) and been a little less sweet. I think if I make these again I'll add a pinch of extra baking soda to help them rise better, and use less sugar and maybe 1 tsp vanilla instead of 1 1/2. Also, I'd just sprinkle the cinnamon on at the very end instead of boiling it with the ganache.

Also, I forgot I don't like white chocolate. Next time I'd see how these were with a peanut butter frosting. (Apples and peanut butter are, in my opinion, a match made in heaven.)


Q 9/01/2008 3:54 PM  

Your cupcake fixation makes me smile.

Gretchen 9/01/2008 4:10 PM  

You're alive! Those sound delish.

cuileann 9/01/2008 5:42 PM  

:) "Fixation" is none too strong a word, Q.

Gretchen - I am! The beginning of school has had me quite tired and busy, but I'm settling into my routine.

Cassandra 9/01/2008 11:15 PM  

Mmm. Apples and peanut butter. They are good together. :D

This entry really makes me want to bake something now. Alas, it's after 11 pm. ^_^

Paris 9/02/2008 6:11 AM  

Oooh, I love cupcakes. And muffins. And icing. All that good junk ;D

The_Ballerina 9/02/2008 7:46 PM  

ohhh I love cupcakes! Those sound delightful!

Sarah Louise 9/03/2008 12:07 PM  

Everyone already said everything I was thinking...but I wanted to say hi.

cuileann 9/03/2008 5:17 PM  

:) It makes me happy to "see" you again, SL.

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