Blog-checking lines: For the July Daring Baker’s Challenge, Ruth from The Crafts of Mommyhood challenged us to bake a cake. But not just any cake; she asked us to add in a special surprise for our eyes as well as our taste buds!
Surprise Inside Cupcake:
I’ve made surprise-inside cakes a couple of times now, one a pound cake with a heart inside and one a puzzle cake.
For this month’s challenge, I initially thought that I would be a little more health-conscious and make a whole wheat banana bread with a chocolate star in the middle. I’m sorry to say that the banana made the chocolate star cake so soft that the weight of the plain banana bread crushed it and I ended up with a chocolate blob in the middle of my bread. This was an unhappy surprise in the middle for me! My husband happily disposed of the evidence and I moved on to try something easier, a surprise inside cupcake. Most surprise inside cupcakes have hearts inside, but then you have to know which direction to bite into it in order to see the surprise. I decided to keep it simple and instead put a sprinkle cupcake inside of a chocolate cupcake. This came out looking much better than the banana bread, but I wasn’t really happy with the texture of the cake recipes I chose. So, I will be sharing the technique for a surprise inside cupcake, but not the recipes that I used.
To make this surprise inside cupcake, first make a single-layer recipe of yellow cake with sprinkles in it and bake that in mini muffin tins. Once those have baked and cooled, make a chocolate batter. Place 1 heaping tablespoon of batter in the bottom of the cupcake papers. Place a mini cupcake on top of that. Drop a scant tablespoon of batter on top of the mini cupcake and encourage it to ooze down over the mini cupcake. It’s important not to put too much batter in the cupcake or it will create a flat top that spreads over the cupcake tin. Trust me. My mini cupcakes were quite domed, so I didn’t need much batter at all to fill the cakes. Bake the cupcakes for about 5-10 minutes less than usual until the edges seem set. Cool, frost and decorate as you please!
The contrast of the sprinkle batter and the chocolate batter was really good. They did surprise/confuse people (I sent them to my husband’s work). At first, some people thought that there was batter in the middle that I hadn’t stirred enough! Anyway, this was fun to do and I would do it again, but with different recipes.