April 29th, 2010
Billiard Balls Cupcakes- buttery mocha cupcakes with chocolate coffee candies inside, frosted with whipped cream and decorated with colored sugar crystals and white chocolate buttons. Price available upon request.
rack ‘em up!
Just when I think I’m running out of ideas to decorate a cupcake, I get an inquiry that gets my creative juices flowing. I was working on another cupcake project when someone texted me about billiard balls cupcakes. I have never done them and so the challenge was on.
I figured men are most likely to be gifted with these so I chose my mocha cupcake recipe. Each cupcake rises to a dome when baked so they’re perfect to sub for billiard balls. For decoration ideas, I surfed the net. Some decorations were made of fondant and from my search I found someone who shares my sentiments with this popular decorator’s medium.
From the blogs I read, I found out that the book “Hello Cupcake” has instructions on how to make cupcakes look like billiard balls using colored sugar. I do not have a copy of the book so I just did the decorating on my own. I also made my own colored sugar. The numbers on the balls are written with melted chocolate on white chocolate buttons.
I think the cupcakes look awesome and they taste great too. The bits of chocolate coffee candies inside the cupcakes boost the coffee flavor. To make the sugar adhere to the tops, I used unsweetened whipped cream. With the sugar coating, I thought there might be major sugar overload but suprisingly, the cupcakes are not toothache-inducing at all. And the sugar topping turns to a delightful crunchy covering. The 8-ball by the way is covered with chocolate sprinkles.
These cupcakes come in 16 pieces—15 “billiard balls” and one white sugar-topped “cue ball” . My niece K._ asked if there is also a cue stick. Well, sorry to disappoint but I cannot provide that!