Vanilla Cupcakes with Nutella Chocolate Ganache + 1 month!

Vanilla Cupcakes with Nutella Chocolate Ganache + 1 month!

I made cupcakes.  For no reason in particular.

Well, no, okay.  Not no reason.  I have officially kept this blog for 1 month!  And while this seems like a really tiny thing, no big deal at all to most people, it's a major thing for me because usually by this point in time in my history of 'let's-start-something-new!' I would have gotten bored/gave up/moved on to other things.   I have about six diaries started at different points in my life that have only been written in for two pages, a scrapbook that only has one photo in it and countless online accounts for a million different sites that I have signed up for, logged on once, then never revisited again. What can I say?  I've got a short attention span.  It's a problem, yes.

So.  I decided to make cupcakes for a little mini-celebration of having kept an online food blog for a month to share with my invisible internet readers.  I am a little worried about myself too.

But can we just talk about these cupcakes for a second?  They've been gradually forming in my mind for the past week.  First I wanted chocolate cupcakes.  Then I decided that no, actually, vanilla would be better - made with vanilla bean paste to get that lovely speckled vanilla seed effect.  Baked with oil, to give myself the illusion that it's healthy.  I was going to go with a nutella buttercream, because I'm a nut for nutella (see what I did there?).  But then I realized I had no butter in the house and I was too lazy to go and buy some.  Switch to dark chocolate ganache.  Ooh, wait, what about nutella dark chocolate ganache?

Ingredients

  • Well, no, okay.  Not no reason.  I have officially kept this blog for 1 month!  And while this seems like a really tiny thing, no big deal at all to most people, it's a major thing for me because usually by this point in time in my history of 'let's-start-something-new!' I would have gotten bored/gave up/moved on to other things.   I have about six diaries started at different points in my life that have only been written in for two pages, a scrapbook that only has one photo in it and countless online accounts for a million different sites that I have signed up for, logged on once, then never revisited again. What can I say?  I've got a short attention span.  It's a problem, yes.
  • And really, there's not much more to say except they're every bit as awesome as they sound.  I'm not much of a cupcake person, but I loved these - they're not overly sweet like a lot of cupcakes are, and you can add as much/little of the ganache as you like.  It can be made (relatively) quickly as well, all things considered, these cupcakes can be baked, cooled and frosted in 45 minutes.  And to top it all off, there's not a gram of butter in sight.  Pretty good, right?
  • And, well, okay - the blog thing was just an excuse.  You really don't need a reason to make these cupcakes.  At all.  Or I mean, 'it's Wednesday' is probably just as good an excuse as any.
  • Vanilla Cupcakes
  • Adapted from we choose organic
  • Makes 6 cupcakes
  • Note: okay, here's the thing.  I halved the original recipe but I forgot to halve the eggs, which I honestly didn't realize until I started writing this recipe out in this post.  If halved correctly, it should be 1 egg - but I added 2 and the recipe worked well, so that's what I'm keeping.  If you try it with just 1, let me know how it turns out!
  • 80g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 80g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste (or pure vanilla extract)
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp vinegar
Read the whole recipe on Words and Cake