So, for the second installment of my new-found cupcake obsession, I made…
Black forest cupcakes!
While those cooled, I prepared the filling: cherry syrup with whipped cream and whole cherries.
You’ll have to forgive my laziness in buying preserved cherries in syrup. I wasn’t sure what cherries to get, but settled on these:
This can is about half the amount called for in the Joy of Baking recipe. I don’t remember exactly how many mL, but it was around 350 or so. After I drained the cherries, I saved 1/2 cup of the syrup and 36 cherries (2/cupcake). I put the remaining syrup and berries in a container back in the fridge.
As the Joy of Baking recipe instructed, I heated the syrup and sugar until the sugar was dissolved, and then added a bit more than 1 tablespoon of kirsch. I also added a tablespoon of kirsch to the cherries.
For the whipped cream, I mixed in some vanilla extract and sugar into 250 mL of whipping cream and put it in the fridge. After half an hour or so, I whipped it up (a bit too much actually) and began building my cupcakes…
Step 1: Hollow out cupcake and moisten with cherry syrup
Step 2: Squirt in some whipped cream
Step 3: Squish in 2 cherries (you really do have to squish them in, these cupcakes are FULL)
Step 4: Squirt some more whipped cream on top of the cherries
Step 5: Moisten the top cake piece with cherry syrup and put it back on top of the cupcake
Step 6: Ice with whipped cream, sprinkle on some chocolate shavings, and top with a cherry!
Step 7: Put in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight to really let the flavours sink in.
You might have noticed my whipped cream was a bit lumpy. That’s because I don’t have much experience with the delicate art that is whipping cream. If you have any tips on how to keep from over-beating whipping cream, or how to stabilize it in order to be able to pipe it nicely, please share!
Overall, though, I was quite happy with my little black forest cupcakes.
P.S. The best part of using whipped cream is that you’ve got to eat the cupcakes fast before it goes bad!