Perfect for chocolate lovers, this decadent cupcake even has a mini waffle and cherries on top.
50 grams cocoa powder
175 grams all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
225 grams caster sugar
175 grams unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
75 milliliters milk
200 grams Morello cherries, canned and drained
100 milliliters cherry juice
Dark chocolate chips
Chocolate sauce + 2 tablespoons kirsch (optional)
Maraschino cherries, aprox 36
175 grams plain flour
40 grams cocoa powder
1 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg separated
4 tablespoons brown sugar
250 milliliters buttermilk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
400 grams dark cooking chocolate
200 milliliters thickened cream (skim won't work here)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
600 milliliters thickened cream (for whipping)
Add chocolate and cream into a microwave safe mixing bowl and microwave for 20 seconds at a time, mixing each time until your ganache is smooth and glossy with no lumps of un-melted chocolate. Set aside to cool at room temp for 4 hours, or in the fridge for 2 hours. Cover with plastic wrap so it doesn't develop a skin.
Add your set ganache to the bowl of a stand mixer with a whisk attachment and whip on high for about 5 min or until it's nice and fluffy.
Add thickened cream to a large metal mixing bowl. Whip on high using a hand mixer until cream thickens to stiff peaks that can hold their shape. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside in the fridge.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In a separate bowl whisk the egg yolks and brown sugar until smooth. Whisk in the buttermilk, oil and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Add the butter and mix to combine.
In a medium bowl whip the egg whites until soft peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter until combine. Do not overmix!
Heat a waffle iron according to manufacturer's directions. I had mine on medium high heat. Brush with melted butter to prevent the waffles from sticking.
Add batter in each grate (about 1/4 cup on each), close and cook for about 5 minutes or until crispy and cook through. Repeat with the remaining batter.
Once they've cooled down a little use a 5 centimeters cookie cutter to cut out waffle discs. Set aside.
Please Note. You'll want to make these when the cupcakes are baking and cooling so they remain fairly fresh when served on top of the cupcake.
Preheat a fan-forced oven to 160C (320F) or 180C (356F) for a conventional oven. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the cocoa powder, plain flour, salt, bicarb soda and sugar. Turn mixer on low speed and allow it to mix for a couple minutes to help everything combine well!(alternatively you may do this by sifting the ingredients together). Add the softened butter there is no butter visible and it's well incorporated into the dry.
Next, add milk, cherry juice and eggs in a jug and whisk until well combined.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients in a slow and steady stream until no dry ingredients are visible. Scrape down the bowl, add cherries, and mix for another 20 seconds.
Fill each paper 3/4 of the way (using an ice cream scoop to transfer the batter into the cupcake liners makes this a quick and easy process otherwise you can use two tablespoons).
Sprinkle choc chips on top. Bake for 20-25 min or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow them to cool completely on a wire cooling rack before frosting.
To assemble the cupcake core the centre of each one and fill with chocolate sauce.
Fit the end of a piping bag with a large round tip and fill with frosting.
Frost a swirl on each cupcake and then frost a swirl of whipped cream. Drizzle with chocolate sauce. Place waffle disc on top, and add three cherries in front of the waffle.