Thursday, March 29, 2007

#90: Malt Ball Cupcakes

When I first read Food & Wine's 100 Tastes to Try in 2007 I was intrigued by #90 Malt Ball Cake. I LOVE Whoppers so I thought the concept of a cake that tastes like Whoppers sounded awesome. I searched online quite a bit for a recipe with no luck. But finally, with their March 2007 issue, Food & Wine published the recipe from Brooklyn’s Baked. The recipe is for a three-layer cake. I don't have three cake pans and I'd rather eat cupcakes than cake so I decided to modify the recipe. I made the full cake batter recipe and didn't even use half of it with the 24 cupcakes I made. I decided that I would not need all of the frosting so I halved the recipe. But it ended up that I still had a ton left over. I think I only used a third of it.

I was able to find most of the ingredients for this recipe in my local grocery store. The bittersweet chocolate called for is for over 70% cocoa but I purchased the Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chips which are over 60%. I also could not find "cake" flour. So three cups total of all-purpose flour. I am not sure how the cake is supposed to end up, but I seemed a little dense to me. I brought them all into work and everyone raved about them. But I thought the fresh nutmeg added a strong flavor that was a bit unpleasant to me. But I'm glad I made these because they ended up being interesting. And I realized that I am NOT much of a baker!

You can find the recipe online at the Food & Wine website.


Rachel said...

I love this idea! I wonder if you could make them using Robin Eggs?

Freya and Paul said...

The look really good though! I love malt and chocolate and made a similar cupcake a while ago, from a Nigella Lawson recipe. Yum!

Anonymous said...

I could have sworn that this was for MEAT BALL Cupcakes. Boy, is my face red.

Anonymous said...

You know... I don't think I've ever tried a whopper/malt ball. Huh. These cupcakes sure do look good though!

Ari (Baking and Books)

Kristen said...

In the cake version I made, I didn't find the nutmeg to be strong at all. I wonder if that is the difference in cake vs cupcakes?
These look so good Rachel!

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