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.
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.