July 20th, 2010
Ebony and Ivory Cupcakes v.2 – two-toned cupcakes, vanilla and chocolate, frosted with a swirl of slightly sweetened whipped cream and decorated with a two-toned chocolate button. Price available upon request.
new and improved
Some of those who inquire about my cupcakes ask about swirled fluffy toppings with sprinkles on top. There is indeed something seductive about a swirl of frosting. And ain’t it sweet when someone bites into an iced cupcake and reveals a frosting mustache after?
This cupcake is a rework of my Ebony and Ivory cupcake. To improve the vanilla flavor, I used my homemade vanilla sugar and pure Madagascar bourbon vanilla extract by Lorann Gourmet. I also used low-fat milk that has a very vanilla flavor. I accidentally added a bit more milk but fortunately the cupcake turned out fluffier. Since I cannot find my favorite chocolate bar (Frey) that has 72% cocoa solids, I used the one with 55% and it worked better for this cupcake.
I must say that this version of the cupcake really has an improved flavor and texture. There is a nice balance of flavors and you can taste both the very vanilla and dark chocolate notes each without overpowering the other. Using real Madagascar vanilla extract and vanilla sugar really makes a difference—see the nice specks of the vanilla bean seeds throughout the cupcake!
I frosted each cupcake with a rosette of slightly sweetened whipped cream to appease those who love fluffy swirled frostings. My other version of this cupcake has a ganache frosting. Although I am partial to ganache, the whipped cream topping is also great and lets the two cupcake flavors be the stars.
The two-toned chocolate button atop the frosting is actually just a white chocolate disc. I dipped half of it on melted dark chocolate to complete the two-toned theme of the cupcakes. Looks like the black and white cookies New York is famous for, right?
These are among my favorite cupcakes. Although making them are still fiddly (no overlapping of different batters, please!), the taste and look are worth the effort. Yum!