Gingerbread Cake Truffles
I thought that it’s only appropriate that I post a gingerbread recipe this month, since Christmas is only several days away. I made these Gingerbread cupcakes a couple of years ago and remember how delicious the flavors were, although I thought that the texture was a bit too dense as cupcakes. I was in the middle of the first trimester of my pregnancy with my daughter at that time, and I remember not loving food in general as much I normally do (even ice cream!). I decided to try this recipe again this year to make sure that my taste buds weren’t comprised. I came to the same result and opinion: wonderful flavor and dense texture, so we ended up enjoying them as muffins (worked for us!). I had about six cupcake leftovers and decided to turn them into these yummy truffles. They’re basically just cake balls, dipped in chocolate.
This truffle “recipe” is very versatile, you can use this as a base of any cake truffles combination. If your cupcakes have denser texture, you may need more cream cheese. The flavor combo here is really endless, so you can’t go wrong. One of my favorites is this Red Velvet Cake Truffles. I have also used leftover frosting as the binder instead of cream cheese when I didn’t have any cream cheese at the house, and it’s like eating a bite-sized cake without having to worry about a plate, fork or napkin :) On a final note, if you are patient, they are also awesome treat to have in the freezer. So you can stash a few extra for those long days that you need a little treat for yourself.
6 cupcakes, recipe below
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
12-oz melting chocolate (I used white chocolate)
Mix all of the crumbled cake and cream cheese frosting together. Form them into a 1/2-inch diameter balls. Refrigerate for approximately 10 minutes.
In the meanwhile, melt chocolate either in microwave (at 50% power), or over double broiler.
Dip cake balls into melted chocolate. Let set for a few minutes and store them in airtight container in the refrigerator.
Yield: approximately 2 dozens
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup packed dark-brown sugar
1 cup unsulphered molasses
2 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 10 jumbo muffin tins with paper baking cups, and set aside. In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup water to a boil. In a bowl, combine boiling water and baking soda; set aside. In a large bowl, sift together flour, ground spices, salt, and baking powder; set aside.
In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter until light. Beat in the brown sugar until fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Beat in the molasses, baking-soda mixture, and flour mixture. Beat in the eggs.
Fill the cupcake papers three-quarters full, making sure that the batter is divided evenly. Bake cupcakes until a toothpick inserted in the center of them comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Let cupcakes cool a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before decorating.
Yield: 18 cupcakes
Adapted from Martha Stewart Cupcake