Monday, November 7, 2011

Creme Brulee Cupcakes

My hubs and I are complete foodies. I would dine out seven days a week at posh restaurants if my wallet would allow me. For anyone that knows me, I ALWAYS order dessert. (Life is short people, get your sugar on!) My tried and true treat is Creme Brulee. If it's on the menu and nothing else tickles my fancy this is usually what you can find in front of me.

I have wanted to do a Creme Brulee cupcake for quite awhile now, but most of the recipes I found required a stand mixer to be handy which I didn't have at the time. I was finally able to tackle this recipe since my mother so kindly donated her Kitchen Aid to me.

I found the recipe on Beantown Baker and was just floored by how cute the pictures looked. Mini creme brulees chillin' on top of a cupcake. How wicked awesome!

The brown sugar swiss meringue buttercream turned out amazing. I could have bathed in this stuff. I brought these to work and people were coming back for seconds before lunchtime even hit. The cake is a little more on the dense side because you have to cone out the middle in order to "stuff" your cake with the buttercream, but nonetheless tasted delicious.

Here's how to make one delectable dessert in cupcake form..

Creme Brulee Cupcakes

2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus a pinch for egg whites
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temp
1 1/2 cups of sugar
2 eggs, separated
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons caramel syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

The How To:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt together and set aside.
3. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
4. Add egg yolks, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Alternately beat in dry ingredients and milk.
5. Add caramel syrup and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
6. Beat egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff but not dry. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter.
7. Spoon batter into cupcake papers that are in muffin pans, filling the cups about 2/3 full.
8. Bake 15-20 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in center of cupcake. Remove from over and cool completely.

Brown Sugar Swiss Meringue Buttercream

1 cup light brown sugar
4 egg whites
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temp

Put sugar, egg whites, and salt into the top of a double boiler over a pan of simmering water. Whisking constantly, cook until sugar has completely dissolved and mixture is warm (about 160 degrees). Pour heated egg whites into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat egg whites on high speed until it forms stiff but not dry peaks. Continue beating until fluffy and cooled, for a total of about 7 minutes.

Switch to paddle attachment. With mixer on medium low, add butter two tablespoons at a time, beating well after each butter addition. Increase speed to medium high; continue beating until frosting appears thick, about 3 minutes or so. Reduce speed to low and continue beating for about 1 minute to reduce air bubbles.

To assemble the cupcakes:

Remove center of the cupcake using the cone method. Fill cupcake with buttercream. Sprinkle brown sugar on top and caramelize with kitchen torch for the "creme brulee" look.

Just wanted you to have a peek at the creme brulee filling ;)

They may seem a little tricky, but the end result is so worth it. Enjoy! ;)
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  1. These look AUH-MAZING! I would like to place an order for 4 right now. For myself. THanks. :)

  2. Wow Tori! I had no idea you baked! I just started baking myself and I'm quite impressed with your desserts!