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How To Make Colourful Ganache Cupcakes

Date - 22nd May 2017 / Author - Billie / Category - Cake Decorating, Tutorial

Colourful Ganache Cupcakes

In all the ganache drip hype, I had never actually tried to colour ganache so these cupcakes were a fun experiment for me.

Here is how I made colourful ganache cupcakes along with my recipes and affiliate links for the bits I used to make them.

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Cupcakes

First, you will need a good cupcake recipe. This recipe is my go-to cupcake recipe!

Classic English Vanilla Cupcake Recipe
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Servings Prep Time
12 plus a spare 1 for you to scoff 10 minutes
Cook Time
23 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 plus a spare 1 for you to scoff 10 minutes
Cook Time
23 minutes
Classic English Vanilla Cupcake Recipe
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
12 plus a spare 1 for you to scoff 10 minutes
Cook Time
23 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 plus a spare 1 for you to scoff 10 minutes
Cook Time
23 minutes
Ingredients
  • 200 g butter (room temperature)
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 200 g self raising flour
  • 4 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 140C fan. Line a cupcake tin with 12 cupcake cases. This mix will actually make 13-14 cupcakes depending on how much you fill each case up.
  2. Beat your butter and sugar together until it's light and pale in colour.
  3. Add your flour, eggs and vanilla and mix until just incorporated. I don't sift my flour. If there is too much air in the cupcakes, they can shrink away from the cases as they cool.
  4. Scrape your bowl and ensure there aren't any unmixed ingredients. Give it one last mix for a short time.
  5. Use an ice cream scoop to fill each case. I use one heaped scoop per case.
  6. Bake in your preheated oven for 20-25 minutes. Mine took 23 minutes. Test if your cupcakes are cooked by pressing the tops lightly. If the cakes spring back they are ready to come out of the oven.
  7. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes then remove the cupcakes and leave to cool completely on a wire rack.
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For these colourful ganache cupcakes, I wanted equally colourful cases so opted for the Wilton rainbow cases.

They worked really well for me and all, apart from a few I didn’t fill up enough, clung onto my cupcakes perfectly!

Buttercream

Next, you will need the best buttercream ever and, luckily, I have a recipe for that 🙂

For 12 cupcakes, you will need 150g butter, 300g icing sugar and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract.

The Ultimate Buttercream Recipe
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Servings Prep Time
1 8" round cake, filling and crumb coats 12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 8" round cake, filling and crumb coats 12 minutes
The Ultimate Buttercream Recipe
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
1 8" round cake, filling and crumb coats 12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 8" round cake, filling and crumb coats 12 minutes
Ingredients
  • 500 g block butter (I use salted butter, always)
  • 1 kg icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (Nielson Massey is top notch)
Instructions
  1. Ensure your butter is at room temperature and add it to your stand mixer. Add in your icing sugar and your vanilla.
  2. If your stand mixer has a guard, make sure this is on because there will be a cloud of icing sugar erupting and descending on you and everything in your lovely kitchen.
  3. Turn your mixer onto it's lowest speed and mix until everything starts coming together. You will know this is happening because the mixer will sound as if it's starting to struggle a bit.
  4. Once everything is just combined, turn the mixer up onto medium speed and beat for 7-8 minutes more. You may want to scrape everything down half way through to ensure there is no unmixed butter or icing sugar sitting at the bottom of the bowl.
  5. After the 8 minutes you should be left with a bowl of the fluffiest white, most delicious buttercream. You can use it in cakes and on cupcakes straight away.
  6. Buttercream can be stored in your fridge for as long as the date on your butter, or it can be frozen if you wrap it well and keep it in freezer bags.
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I piped ‘swirl-blobs’ of buttercream onto my cupcakes. Swirl-blobs aren’t actually a thing but, sadly, it’s the most logical name I could think of.

I used a plain nozzle to pipe buttercream in a swirl motion but I kept the nozzle low so the buttercream almost blended as it piped, leaving a very vague swirl and looking more like a blob.

Colourful Ganache Cupcakes

Ganache

Once my cupcakes were baked and cooled, and my buttercream was piped on, I set to making my ganache.

Now, I made an absurd quantity of ganache… 600g white chocolate and 600ml of double cream. This was to cover 72 cupcakes in 6 different colours so I did need a fair amount, just not that fair.

The reason I used a 1:1 ratio is so my ganache was a good runny consistency.

To make the ganache, I mixed my chocolate and cream in a microwavable bowl and heated it in the microwave in 1 minute intervals.

I could do 1 minute at a time because I had so much ganache but, for smaller quantities, I’d do 30 second bursts in the microwave.

I stirred my ganache between each burst in the microwave and repeated this until everything was melted.

Colourful Ganache Cupcakes

Dipping Cupcakes

To decorate my cupcakes, I split my ganache between bowls and coloured each bowl a different colour.

I used Americolor gels, the ‘Electric’ range, to get my nice vibrant colours.

When dipping cupcakes in ganache, it is best to let the ganache cool a little. If you dip whilst it’s still a bit warm and runny, it can get quite messy.

If you allow the ganache to cool, it will thicken up slightly allowing you to dip your cupcakes much more cleanly and easily.

To dip my cupcakes, I just tilted the bowl to make a deeper area of ganache, turned my cupcake upside-down, dipped it into the ganache, let the excess run off, then flipped it back up.

I repeated this for all my cupcakes and then sprinkled sweets on top whilst the ganache was soft so the sweets stuck in the ganache easily.

And that is how to make coloured ganache cupcakes!

If you’re doing any baking or cake decorating this week, take photos and use # yesdarling on Instagram so I can see what you’ve been up to 🙂

Billie xx

Colourful Ganache Cupcakes

 

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