So this all week Cobra Commander is in the woods, executing “Operation Green Paper”. At the request of several of his comrades I was set a mission; “Please bake something.” I chose to accept my mission,so here are the results;
Mission Commander Cupcakes; Makes about 18 cupcakes
White chocolate Swiss meringue butter cream – indulgence doesn’t go much deeper than this!!
1/4 pint of egg whites, about 4 eggs. Save to yolks for later
8 oz sugar
A pinch of salt
1 pound unsalted butter, room temperature & cut into cubes
3 oz white chocolate, melted
Set a pan of water on the stove to simmer away gently.
Put the egg whites, sugar and salt into a bowl.
I use the mixing bowl of my
kitchen aid because later this requires a lot of whipping. Put the bowl over the simmering water and whisk, with a hand whisk, until the sugar dissolves and the whites are hot. Keep whisking, the last thing you want is scrambles egg whites.
Only when the meringue is cold can you whip in the butter. Add a little at a time, whipping on the second speed until all the butter is incorporated. Then increase to the third speed add the white chocolate and beat until smooth.
An oven preheated to 325° is a very useful thing.
Chocolate coconut cupcakes;
6 oz unsalted butter, room temperature
6 oz sugar
125 ml coconut milk
1 tsp camp coffee
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 oz dark chocolate, melted (I use green and blacks 70% cocoa, because I love it)
8 oz flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
5 oz sweetened coconut flakes
Yes the list of ingredients is rather long, but it requires practically no effort. Let’s get started!
In a mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar, they are one. Combine all the liquid ingredients and add these to the mix. The batter may look curdled, but not to worry, increase the speed and beat it into a smooth submission.
Reduce the speed and add in the egg yolks and melted chocolate.
In a separate bowl whisk all the dry ingredients together. Add half of this to the wet ingredients, beating slowly, just until all the flour is mixed in. Still beating on a slow speed add in the coconut.
Scrape the sides of the bowl and beat again.
Stir in the other half of the flour mix by hand. Make sure to dig deep and get to the bottom of the bowl.
Line a cupcake tin with papers, I found camouflage ones to give the men in uniform . Distribute the batter evenly between them.
OK, I was super anal and used a cookie dough scoop to do this, I put three scoops into each paper. If you wanted the cupcakes to be bigger you could do four scoops, but I had to make it stretch a bit. I was making them for what felt like enough for a whole battalion!!
Throw them into the over and give them about 15 minutes, check with a skewer. If it comes out clean there ready. I never use a time and due to my terrible memory always forget to look at the clock when I put things into the oven. So I have to rely on the smell test. When I start smelling them I go have a peek.
Remove, cool, ice, indulge!!