Bittersweet Chocolate and Cardamom Cupcakes

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Bittersweet Chocolate - Cardamom Cupcakes

Over the past couple of months I have been consumed by guilt. Even though I had tons of ideas and a couple of sleepless nights I did miss a couple of Sugar High Fridays. Guilty! It matters. It's sugar. Allright, so "consumed" is a little strong. Upset that I could not work my schedule right to find an hour to make cupcakes is more realistic. When something I could have done starts bugging me, the smaller it is, the more it bugs me. I can easily forget there is an elephant in the room, but if a tiny little fly starts dancing in my head....It will keep dancing and buzzing until I do something about it. The elephant will still be in the room though.

I missed Fanny's S.O.S for cupcakes but I surely was not going to miss Anita's call for SHF spiced up sweets. So when C. and I started to plan her upcoming birtday party, the little fly in my head started to dance, loudly. Tap dancing even. Maybe I could combine both.
C: hmm, not sure what I want for dessert for my birthday...
Me: Cupcakes! You want cupcakes!
C: really?
Me: chocolate cupcakes with a hint of cardamom...
C: that's very grown up for a cupcake
Me: Well, that's settled then! Chocolate Cardamom Cupcakes! Glad we had this discussion!

Allright, so that was the summed up version. I did give her some space to think and talk more than that, give me some credit here! I did however guided her towards the bittersweet chocolate cupcakes and the addition of cardamom in them which is a spice that she likes as much as I do. The frosting is a simple whipped ganache. Easy, rich and chocolatey to the bone. The combination seems classic and worked well as there were one left for her last night! Too bad I can only send a picture to Anita for this month SHF!!



Bittersweet Chocolate - Cardamom Cupcakes

Bittersweet Chocolate and Cardamom Cupcakes:

Makes 24 cupcakes.
Kitchen Notes: the whipped ganache needs to go on the cupcakes as soon as it is ready so have the cupcakes baked and completely cooled. Make sure the ganache is chilled well before whipping or it might separate.

Note: I noticed a bloop (sorry was typing late night-early morning) and in the ganache I gave the single measure of chocolate for a double measure of cream. My sincere apologies...and yes, I promise to stop typing this late :)

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 sticks (8 oz) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
1 cup buttermilk

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Sift together the flour, baking soda, cardamom and salt and set aside.
In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the butter and sugar on medium speed until airy and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition (scrape down the sides if necessary). Still on medium speed, add the chocolate and mixing until well incorporated. Add the flour,baking soda and salt alternating with the buttermilk . Make sure that all the ingredients are well incorporated but do not overbeat. With each addition, beat until the ingredients are incorporated, but do not overbeat. Spoon the batter into cupcake liners, filling them about 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 20–25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean.

Whipped Ganache Frosting:
12 ounces (360 gr) good quality bittersweet chocolate
2 cups (500ml) heavy cream

Place the chocolate in a medium size bowl and set aside. In a large saucepan set over medium heat, bring the cream to a simmer. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and let sit for a couple of minutes. Stir the cream and chocolate together gently until the mass becomes smooth and shiny. Let cool and refrigerate until very cold. When ready to use, whip the ganache until it is holds its shape and spreads easily. Use as soon as it is made or it will be too stiff to pipe. If this happens, just reheat it on top of a double boiler to melt it again, and repeat the cooling and whipping process. If your chocolate is less than 72% bittersweet, add 2 more ounces before adding the hot cream.
We had a tad more than needed but with enough spoons digging into it, it was not a problem.



Bittersweet Chocolate - Cardamom Cupcakes

117 comments:

limonana said...

these look & sound positively divine! i might just have to give it a go...

Azúcar said...

Am I missing something? The amount of cardamom isn't listed. And do you grind up the whole pod? Toast first?

Audax Artifex said...

As always fab photos will made on the week end

leaca said...

These look delish. I know mine would not look like this. I will have to try. thanks for sharing.

Meeta said...

These are the most decadent cupcakes I have ever seen. But what strikes me as really cool is that we are playing around with the same flavor combination cardamom and chocolates! Helen - I love the pictures for these!

Audax Artifex said...

Where is the cardamom in the recipe??????

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That's an interesting combo! Cardamom and chocolate pair wonderfully well! Those cupcakes look ever so pretty!

Cheers,

Rosa

Anh said...

Who doesn't want these beautiful cupcakes???? Great job Helen, on both the cakes and your photos!

morgana said...

Mmmmm! They look really beautiful (and delicious). I want to learn how to use cardamom and this is a great oportunity. Thank you for this wonderful recipe.

morgana said...

Oh my! I can't find the cardamom! Where do I have to add it?

Happy cook said...

Wow yummy chocolate cupcakes and beautiful too.

Christy said...

Your cupcake liners look so pretty! And so are your cupcakes, of course!! I'm glad you swotted that fly! Now I have to swot mine and really start baking and taking photos for the blog again...

angelica said...

I love chocolate and cardamom together! Well, I like anything with cardamom, period! Your cupcakes look so cute (not to mention delicious...)!

Buzz & Cie said...

Superbe !!

Botacook said...

Mmmh, j'adore le mélange chocolat-cardamome :)
J'ai hâte que ton livre sorte ;)

Suzana said...

Oh wow! Helen, when I grow up I want to be like you! Cardamon is so nice - I love it with my coffee. I'm sure it's perfect with bittersweet chocolate.

Kinamik said...

Sorry, but where's the cardamom?

Mélanie said...

Haven't you changed the header of the blog? It looks very nice!

I showed your blog to my boss, she LOVES cardamom and chocolate, so these cupcakes are just perfect for her...

VeggieGirl said...

Don't feel guilty, Helen!!! Just enjoy yourself - and those cupcakes!! :0)

Aimée said...

You're stealing the SHF show with these darling cupcakes. LOVE spices with chocolate. Thanks Helen!

Aran said...

oh this is pure delicious decadence helen! i love these photos!

Aran said...

oh yes, and if i start telling you about guilt, i won't be able to stop...

RecipeGirl said...

I'm a fan of cardamom too... but I don't see it in the ingreds. I'm impressed that you used WHOLE pods and ground them yourself :) Beautiful cupcakes!

Kim said...

I love the idea of chocolate and cardamon, Helen. They are the most sophisticated yet playful cupcakes that I have ever seen. Your photos are just wonderful as well!

Bridget said...

Oh, those look so decadent! :) The cupcake wrappers with the ribbon are adorable!

Tartelette said...

Sorry folks, seems like the fly was still dancing in my head and ade me forget my third line. Cardamom added.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

What divine cupcakes! There should be a new word for something so elegant and grown up. Cupcake sounds too...childish and pedestrian. Petite cakes? And the photos are gorgeous!

emma said...

These look fantastic. Do you whip the ganache with a mixer or by hand? Thanks.

Cafe Johnsonia said...

Another one of your recipes to add to the long list of "To Make."

Looks marvelous!

the italian dish said...

Love the idea of the cardamom. These look outstanding!

Mallory Elise said...

very chouette cupcake wrappers, they look very elle à table :)

Maria said...

Cute cupcake cups! I want to lick the frosting right now!!

mimi said...

love that discussion! you cupcakes look gorgeous, and the flavor combo just sounds amazing! wow, i could dive right in to that frosting!

Tartelette said...

Emma: it is better to whip the ganache in a mixer, hand held or stand.

Anita said...

Helen, thanks so much for participating - SHF just wouldn't be the same without you contributing your gorgeous creations! They look like little soft serve cones! I'm looking forward to including you in the round-up. Thanks so much again sweetie!

cindy* said...

hmmm, i love the dark chocolate and cardamom together. yum! and pretty too.

Marija said...

That frosting is so chocolaty!

Ivy said...

How beautiful. Your piped frosting swirls are so crisp.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Look at how sinfully dark that frosting is, Helen! I'm drooling over here... *sigh*

Love these cupcakes. I haven't taken part in food events regularly as I would like to, but my SHF post is almost ready. ;)

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Those cupcakes are drop dead gorgeous! I can only imagine how wonderful they taste!

Dana McCauley said...

Smashing idea and excellent presentation!

MiNDY said...

OH what a divine recipe, Helen. Can't wait to try out the recipe.

Mercotte said...

Comme toujours tu me fais craquer !! c'est splendide !

Irene said...

Ohhhhhh........ PRETTY!!!

Erica said...

Where did you get those beautiful cupcake wrappers!?! These look fantastic, a must try.

Tartelette said...

Erica: the cupcake cups are plain white Wilton cups called Party Nut cups and I attached a piece of ribbon around with thin double sided tape I use for cardmaking or scrapbooking.

marion said...

those are very very dangerous cupcakes, dangerously addictive . Ouch !

Kelly-Jane said...

They look lovely. I haven't been around for a while, how is your book coming along sweetie?

Lori said...

Man do those cookies ever say "eat me". YUM !

Banjo said...

Oh my goodness, love the presentation! Not to mention, I am sure they were divine... :)

Vanille said...

They are so lovely ! And I guess addictive with this bittersweet chocolate !

Mike of Mike's Table said...

This sounds like an awesome cupcake flavor (I don't think cardamom + chocolate ever crossed my mind). I also really like that first photo up-close on the cupcake. Beautiful work, as always

Tanya said...

Absolutely gorgeous and they look divine! I really love how you tied the ribbon around the liners. What a lovely presentation!

kimberleyblue said...

Those are so beautiful. You take the best photographs, and make some really awesome desserts!

cookworm said...

Yum, my two favorite flavors!

giz said...

Gotta love your power of persuation - and the cupcakes are fabulous.

pea & pear said...

Cardamon and chocolate.. hmmm I can taste it... and it tastes goooooood ;)
Ali

Zen Chef said...

I feel guilty too... I haven't visited you in a while. No spanking please, it wasn't my fault, just too busy for blogging. :-)

Those chocolate/cardamon cupcakes are the nicest welcome back. You rock!

jen said...

cardamom is my favorite! I wish it was my birthday...

That Girl said...

I love interesting spices mixed with chocolate.

Hannah said...

Now that is one sophisticated (and beautiful) cupcake!

Mrs.French said...

oh no...my weakness...not before bed!

Mobula said...

These cupcakes are amazing!!! I love chocolate and the pictures are wonderful!!

Ana

Helene said...

This would be perfect for my chocolate cravings. Beautiful!

Shaheen (Coco) said...

Very delicious looking cupcakes and splendid photography as always. Absolutely lovvee the liners.

Peabody said...

Ah man, I almost forgot about SHF. Thanks for the reminder and the good looking cupcake.

cindy said...

Moi qui adore les cupcakes me voilà conquise, ils sont magnifiques !
Bravo
cuisineblogueuse.canalblog.com

Vera said...

I'm so in love with cardamom! These cupcakes must taste fantastic!

Inne said...

Oooh, yum! I love chocolate and cardamom together. I so meant to participate in this month's SHF, but with our house still completely upside down, and our sofa temporarily being stored on its side in our rather small kitchen (and did I mention my parents are arriving this weekend and will need somewhere to sleep as well) not much chance I'll make it. Shame, but I'll have a virtual bite of your gorgeous cupcakes instead.

veron said...

Cupcakes!!! Looks so adorable with that polka dot ribbon. Oh are those the wilton cupcake liners? They changed from the original ones which I liked the looks of better. But it seems these ones are have better non-stick coatings.
Love the pics of bailey in the previous post...Your pup sure knows how to pose for the camera.

Sara said...

These look delicious, and I just bought a new bag of cardamom pods.

Bonbon Oiseau said...

mmmmm..very adult cupcakes helen! i love it!

Emily Rose said...

what a wonderful idea! sounds like a great way to make a more adult version of the adorable cupcake!

HES said...

Another comment about the beautiful presentation--if you have a moment, what are and where did you get those cupcake papers??

Thanks for your blog!

redmenace said...

Mmmmmmm.... I love cardamom! A fabulous flavor that isn't used enough. Thanks! I love this blog. Any tips on what tools I would need to start making lovely pastries like you?

My Sweet & Saucy said...

Delicious, decadent, gorgeous...there are so many words I could use to describe these!

Sandy Smith said...

These are so beautiful! And now the weather is finally cool enough to attempt whipped ganache! I can't tell you how much I wish I had one of these little beauties in front of me right now. :)

Deborah said...

Not only are these gorgeous, but they sound delicious as well!!

Sophie said...

What a unique flavor combination, the cupcakes look beautiful :). I would love to include your recipe in our pre-loaded Demy, the first and only digital recipe reader. Please email sophiekiblogger@gmail.com if you're interested.

To find out more about the Demy, you can visit this site:
http://mydemy.com/

Thanks!

Mollie said...

SO pretty! Love these.

Um... I'm also a really bad foodie because I'm really not sure I really know what cardamom tastes like. So bad. I need to get me some...

ParisBreakfasts said...

I'll have mine with a bit of curry on top if you don't mine...ahem
Cardomum indeed!

Alexa said...

I love cardamom and chocolate together. These cupcakes look so tartelettish... Perfection!

Haley said...

I can't believe I am just now finding your blog! I'm obsessed with these cupcakes! I'll definitely be back.

PetiteKitchen said...

Mmm. Those look so good.

Pearlsofeast said...

Absolutely stunning cake I have come across.Ur frosting is superb and never tried cardamom infused cake.

Mary Ann said...

To die for! Oh, cardamom- I love you!

Jesse said...

That sounds magical! Yum!
And speaking of guilt... I'm supposed to be testing recipes for a cookbook, and I'm too busy feeling bad about not recipe testing to recipe test. Go figure :)

homeladychef said...

This is so nice! I am gonna try your recipe again. Thanks for sharing :)

MizMerryMac said...

Oh! Blessings on your chocolatey goodness...Cardamon has got to be one of my favourite spices and I never thought of pairing it with chocolate. I'll have to try out this recipe!

...and
Tag! You're "it"!
~Mary,
creatrix omnificant procrastinaticus

Cakebrain said...

Wow! Gorgeous photos! Your cupcakes look fantastic.

nicisme said...

Oh my, that frosting alone is enough to make me happy!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Helen, beautiful and elegant as allways. I also have to start spicing up something to send Anita! Cardamon is wonderful, I usually have it with white chocolate, but I'm sure it is as great with bittersweet. Whipped ganache is much more delicious than buttercream to top cupcakes!

Manuela © said...

I loved your cupcake wrappers. So classy :)

anudivya said...

Those looks sinfully delicious! Lovely pics as well. First time here, and loving it. Off to exlore the rest.

Micha said...

These are two of my absolute favorites! I've been sipping cardamom tea with a side of dark chocolate - I can only imagine how decadent these cupcakes are! I can't wait to try them!

La cuisine des 3 soeurs said...

Cette recette là, il faut que je réussisse à la traduire correctement !

Amber said...

I love reading all the comments. You continue to amaze me, you have such an eye with the camera and can take a simple (well not simple) chocolate cupcake and some ribbon and create art.

Shannalee || Food Loves Writing said...

Wow. I spent a few minutes this afternoon looking through your site, and it is BEAUTIFUL! All the pictures make me want everything you've made, and your creations are so professional and inspiring.

BTW: I have a dog named Bailey, too! :)

Chez Us said...

Helen,

These sounds wonderful & I need to make cupcakes for a party tomorrow ... hmmmm! By the way where do you find these cupcake papers, I have looked high & low and never can find???

Camille said...

Is there any cake under that decadent frosting? If there wasn't it would be ok with me! Just adorable wrappers.

Em said...

Those cups are so cute!
I love cardamom and chocolate.
I will definitely try it! Thanks for the recipe.

Stef said...

Those look so lovely and I can only imagine that they taste just as good!

kellypea said...

Nice. Loving the combo of dark chocolate and cardamom. I went with heat in my chocolate entry, and now that I think of it, cardamom would have been a terrific addition. Cute cups, too. I still can't find those paper things around here. I should look harder, huh?

Leonor de Sousa Bastos said...

How could I've missed this recipe!?

I love cardamom... And the pairing with chocolate must be fantastic!

Your cupcakes are beautiful... I love the paper cups and the chocolate topping!

D-I-V-I-N-E!

Djalan2 said...

HI...I am wondering how you can take such wonderful pics...what is the technic here?? And all the wonderful recipes...

Would you teach me how to make mille feuille??

Thanks - Sri

Angela said...

These are so wonderfully decadent, Helen! I love them! And thank-you for the whipped ganache recipe and technique---I'm hoping to make some cupcakes on Saturday and was wondering how best to whip the ganache and make it more interesting :)

dessertobsessed said...

these are SO CUTE!!!
i love the ribbon on the cups!

Skippy said...

These look beautiful--but just wondering, are these full size cupcakes or minis? I'm guessing they are full size, but they look so cute and petite in the photo...

icelollypalooza said...

Oh my, these look wicked.

Anonymous said...

hi.i love love love your site. can i make this in a cakepan instead of cupcakes?
thanks!

Tartelette said...

Anonymous: yes.

marion said...

I baked these cupcakes for a friend's birthday, and they were soooooooo delicious !
Thank you !!!!!!

Richard said...

Hi, you have a great blog, it is a pleasure to look at.

I was wondering if you could tell me where I can get those cupcake liners. I live in Brazil and haven't been able to find them here or on the internet.

Thanks very much!

Tartelette said...

Richard: these liners are from the brand Wilton. They are called "nut cups" or something like that and not cupcake liners. If you do a google search for Wilton nut cups or Wilton liners, I think you can find which store could deliver to Brazil. Maybe amazon.com or ebay.com?

Richard said...

Helen, thank you! I found them on Amazon and a couple of other places but none deliver overseas. Fortunately I have a long-suffering mother who comes down often and is always loaded with things for me.

I plan on making your cupcakes tomorrow, as soon as the buttermilk is ready. Thanks again for your help.

Richard

Becky@ Daily On My Way To Heaven said...

Congratulations, your blog is beautiful!

I live in Mexico, an here I can't find buttermilk. Any suggestions?

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Very late to the game, but I made these cupcakes over the weekend and they are truly excellent. The cardamom blends perfectly with the chocolate, and the buttermilk makes the cupcakes wonderfully tender. I'm not usually a cupcake fan, but I can tell that I'll be making these again.

Tartelette All rights reserved © Blog Milk - Powered by Blogger