Yesterday I learned that Kathy’s Birthday was on Monday so I asked Jason if he could deliver a birthday treat to her at work. After putting much thought into what I could come up with I decided to really have some fun in the kitchen….. Thomas Keller cupcakes from his new book Ad Hoc!
To date, this might just be one of the most fun kitchen episodes I have experienced. I mean to start, the cupcake recipe is a buttery white cake with a crisp top. The batter starts out like almost any other great cupcake batter (think along the lines of the recipes for a Magnolia cupcake or one from Billy’s Bakery- whole milk, butter, sugar, you get the idea) but near the end you whip up a bunch of egg whites until you have almost stiff peaks and fold the dream-like clouds into the batter.
Once the batter was complete I measured a level 1/3 cup dry measuring cup full of batter and placed it into a lined muffin tin (I was certain this would create a disaster but Mr. Keller would not publish this if it did not work). I was simply in awe as none of the cupcakes ran over the edge or they did not rise enough, they came out perfectly.
After the cupcakes cooled and I enjoyed a relaxing glass of red, I got the energy I needed to make the chocolate buttercream. Oh and I bet you’re thinking that this is just like any other buttercream recipe… Nope. For this recipe I started out by making homemade marshmallow over the stove top. Then, I whipped it on the stand mixed for ten minutes to cool it so the butter would not melt once I added it. I added 3 1/2 sticks of butter, in 1/2″ slices, two to three pieces at a time until they were mixed in well. I adjusted the speed and let Mr. Kitchen Aid work the magic. After this came together I added 5oz. of cooled chocolate (I used 61% chocolate) and then threw it in the fridge to get to the right consistency to be piped onto the cupcakes.
These are the perfect treat for any celebration- happy baking!
P.S. Happy New Year and thanks again for stopping by. I promise to have more kitchen adventures this year and appreciate your support.
*Full recipe can be found in the Ad Hoc cookbook available through The Cupcake Forest store*