Friday, 4 March 2011

Candied-Hazelnut Cupcakes {msc}

So, I've been a follower of Martha Stewart's Cupcake Club for a few months, but never really got around to posting on time. I made the December Challenge, but completely forgot to post in time. This month I'm on the ball.

Jeanette from The Whimsical Cupcake chose Candied-Hazelnut Cupcakes. The recipe can be found on her site. I want to thank her for choosing this one because I've wanted to make these since I bought the book. They are almond-hazelnut cupcakes, with dark chocolate frosting and finished with a home-made candied-hazelnut.

Here they are:

I think I did a great job. They were really time consuming in all honesty, but not difficult at all. The only trouble I had was getting the sugar mixture to drop straight towards the final few. They last one's were not too straight.

And this one too. But I think it adds to the design. (I'm sticking with it).

And how did they taste? Absolutely delicious. The cakes themselves were so, so light, being made with egg whites rather than full eggs. I do love this version of frosting, it's not over chocolatey, it's just chocolatey enough. And candied hazelnuts? Yum.

Final words.

Be careful with the candied-hazelnuts, they can be sharp and spiky.

Don't worry about the amount of sugar stuff burnt to the pan, it actually washes off pretty easily.


  1. These look great - I like the not-so-straight look. I am going to be making mine soon. They look pretty complex, but I am going to give it my best shot.

  2. They are really time consuming, but so worth it. Unfortunately not everyone is a fan of nuts, so the ones I took to sell at work, didn't get sold.

  3. Thanks for posting early! You are inspiring me past my fear of the candied hazelnut! Congratulations on a job well done! Don't forget to link under "Posts" which I now have up! We want everyone to see them! :-)

  4. these look cool. give you kudos for having the guts to conquer the candied hazelnuts. i am not going to be doing the candied hazelnuts instead i am going to decorate them for st. patricks day. i also am going to be doing a little twist to mine cause like you said not everyone likes nuts or are allergic to them! thanks for sharing!

  5. I think those candied hazelnuts are cute! Gives character to the cupcakes for sure!!!

  6. Great job! i wasn't able to participate last month but hope to this month. I really like how they look!