Chocolate Cupcakes with Vosges Exotic Red Fire Chocolate Chips and Whimsical Bake House Buttercream Frosting

This weekend's whimsical cupcake experience all began with a book (of course) I bought called The Whimsical Bake House, by Kaye Hansen and Liv Henson. OMG...it's such a cool book with fun, creative ideas. The recipe for the "House Buttercream" is in this book...that's one part, and then there's this section on "Working with Chocolate," which I got fascinated with. The next day I went to AC Moore and got some wafer chocolates and tried my hand at the little designs you see here. There are templates for "chocolate work" with each recipe in the book.



This book is very encouraging and it's so easy to get started. I put my melted chocolate in a plastic squeeze bottle, used the template to make some stars, and eventually just started drawing squiggles! It was very fun...and funny because it seemed hard to make the simplest star! I made basic chocolate cupcakes and inserted one Vosges Exotic Red Fire Chocolate Chips wafer in the mddle of the batter after I poured it into the cupcake cups.


The "House Buttercream" frosting was interesting. I love it! It's the first time that I have used Crisco in a frosting...and butter, too. It was actually very easy to make and it went worked so well on the cupcakes. It was easy to make swirls or whatever. I will definitely make it again! It's a perfect complement to the chocolate chili flavor of the cupcakes!

Enjoy!

10 comments:

  1. Hi!
    I'm new to the blogging world, but I've started my own. I've been readig your site, and I finally decided to comment. Whimsical Bake House is an amazing book. There are so many wonderfully whimsicial ideas! I've had that book for a while and love the pictures. Some of the recipes for the cakes come out a little dry, but the presentation is always amazing. I look forward to reading your blog more.

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  2. c0c0acurrycupk8: Glad you dropped by...I'm looking forward to trying a couple of the recipies in the book...I'll let you know what happens!

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  3. cupcake crazee3:54 PM

    hey cupcake queen,

    you are my hero! i recently started baking cupcakes weekly and i always come to your website for inspiration. i was looking at your polka dot fondant post and wondered if you ever posted the recipe for the fondant. i want to try making tasty fondant so badly!

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  4. So pretty! I miss AC Moore.

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  5. Love your blog, and have been checking out for a while now. I'm trying to get the cupcake craze to catch in Australia and My Whimsical Bakehouse book was delivered today, I am so inspired. Question though - they mention shorting in the butter cream recipe, what is it and what brand do you use. Its not something that I have come across in Oz.

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  6. Mom & I did dark choclate Cupcakes & I used Chipotle Chili power. Interestingly you do NOT get a chili taste but you get the burn after .Alot of surprized faces in the office when I took these in. topped it off with coconut peacan frosting.
    what does the Ancho Chile do, a slow burn or does it taste like chili?

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  7. Oh, I have to put this on my book list. I am also fascinated with vosges and the whole chile/curry/chocolate thing. Where did you find the chips? I love unusual flavors and unexpected treasures in cupcakes. Thank you so much for the birthday wishes, and when is YOUR cookbook coming out? :)

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  8. Any chance i could get the recipe?

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  9. sooooo pretty to be eaten.

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  10. Gosh, you sure took some fab pics of those sweet morsals.

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