These super sophisticated cupcakes were created for a birthday. I made some plain vanilla cupcakes, and some chocolate ones (just added cocoa until they were suitably chocolaty). The recipe can be found here - just ignore the orange. Again, I made big cupcakes and small; but most big.
The whizzed-up batter; it tastes delicious. Believe me.
The cupcakes rose quite a bit in the oven, and unevenly too, to my aggravation.
So, I had to take action. With a knife.
What a shame, all those scraps...
To top the cupcakes, I whipped up some buttercream then tinted it caramel-brown, and left some ganache I'd prepared earlier out to return to room temperature.
I piped on the buttercream studded it with silver cachous. These cupcakes made me laugh.
As for the ganache...while I was piping, Mum took up a spatula and ganachified the other cupcakes. I really like how she did them. I dipped some of the mini cupcakes in 100s and 1000s...
...and Mum insisted on popping some sugar flowers on the big cupcakes.
Which, I must admit, look gorgeous.
It was late, and a school night, so of course I had to snap a couple more photos.