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the urban baker: HIGH HATS!

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Monday, June 22, 2009


Levi requested cupcakes for his "end of the year party".
I really didn't want to make cupcakes, but I wanted to honor his request(after all, he is the 3rd and does get somewhat neglected).

I found a recipe for "Chocolate covered High Hats" in my Cupcake book by Elinor Klivans.  They looked challenging and I felt like a challenge.

They were a challenge.  The cupcake part was easy.  I have made these before and they are light, not too chocolaty nor too sweet.  However, the meringue on the top was another story.  I was supposed to whip the ingredients(sugar, water, egg whites, cream of tartar, vanilla & almond extract), over a double boiler, for 12 minutes until the consistency reached 160*.  I must have stood there, with my hand mixer for at least 25 minutes and couldn't get it to the desired temp.  I kind of gave up which lead to the demise of the project.  

The meringue never quite set and when I dipped them in the chocolate, the filling fell.  

None the less, they were all devoured and everyone, except myself and Eli, raved!  Better luck next time!


Anonymous Carrie said...

what do you think of that book overall? i have it and tried the boston cream pie cupcakes recipe and the cupcake part didn't work. i've read a lot of reviews on amazon about people having the same problems with most of the recipes.

June 24, 2009 at 3:56 PM  

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