Mustache Hazelnut Cupcakes (courtesy of Martha Stewart)
Love the smell of baked hazelnuts!!!!
1/2 cup whole raw almonds
3/4cup flour sifted
3/4cup cake flour sifted
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick of unsalted butter room temp
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 dark brown sugar packed
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup milk
4lg egg whites room temp
The How To
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl sift together both flours, baking powder, and salt. Put both your sugars and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer.
Once the oven is preheated bake your hazelnuts and almonds for 8mins rotating half way through the bake time. Once cooked pulse them in the food processor until the nuts are finely ground.
After the nuts have been ran through the food processor whisk them into your flour mixture and set aside.
With your mixer on medium-high speed, cream the butter and sugars until smooth, about 3mins.
Beat in the vanilla.
Reduce speed to low and add the flour mixture in three batches alternating with the milk.
In another bowl with the mixer on medium speed, whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form. In tow additions, gently fold the eggs whites into the batter. Divide batter evenly among cups filling each about three-quarters full.
Bake for about 18-20mins rotating pan half way through the baking time. Let cool in pan on a wire rack completely before removing.
While the cupcakes are cooling go ahead and start on the frosting.
Dark Chocolate Frosting
Hands down this is the best chocolate frosting I've ever made!! Has a pretty shiny finish to it too.
1/4cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water
3 sticks of butter room temp
1/2 cup powder sugar
pinch of salt
1lb of semi sweet chocolate melted and cooled
The How To
Start off by melting the chocolate using a double boiler. Also start boiling your water for your cocoa paste mixture.
While both chocolate mixtures are cooling beat the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy about 3mins.
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