Recipe courtesy of Amy Loch
Show: Cupcake Wars
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Vegan Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes with Salted Caramel and Dark Chocolate Buttercream
Total:
2 hr 15 min
Active:
2 hr
Yield:
16 cupcakes
Level:
Intermediate
Total:
2 hr 15 min
Active:
2 hr
Yield:
16 cupcakes
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

Cupcakes:
  • 1 1/2 cups soy milk, or non-dairy milk of your choice
  • 3/4 cup agave nectar or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons organic cane sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups organic, unbleached white flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Chocolate Ganache:
  • 4 cups dark chocolate chunks
  • 1 cup soy milk, or non-dairy milk of your choice
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar or maple syrup
Salted Caramel Sauce:
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk fat (from two 13.5-ounce cans unsweetened, full fat coconut milk that has been refrigerated overnight)
  • 1 cup organic brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons course sea salt
Dark Chocolate Buttercream:
  • 2/3 cup organic vegetable shortening
  • 1/3 cup vegan margarine
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup dark cocoa powder

Directions

For the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line standard-size cupcake pans with 16 cupcake liners.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the soy milk, agave nectar, canola oil, cane sugar, vanilla extract and apple cider vinegar, and set aside. In a large bowl, sift the flour, cocoa powders, baking powder, baking soda and salt and whisk them together. Add your wet mixture to the dry and whisk until the mixture is evenly moist and only a few lumps remain. Set aside.

For the ganache: Whisk together the chocolate chunks, soy milk and agave nectar in a microwave-safe bowl. Place the bowl into a microwave and heat for 1-minute increments, whisking in-between, until the mixture is thick and smooth.

Take your cupcake batter and start to stream in about 1 cup of the chocolate ganache and gently fold it into the batter. Do not fully mix it into the batter, it should be swirled in.

Fill the liners three-quarters full and bake until a toothpick comes out clean, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool the cupcakes completely.

For the salted caramel sauce: In a nonstick saucepan, add the coconut milk fat. Add in the brown sugar, vanilla and salt, and whisk well. Bring the mixture to a boil on medium-high heat, whisking occasionally. Once the mixture starts to boil, reduce the heat to a low bowl and cook for 35 to 45 minutes, whisking every couple of minutes, until the sauce has reduced by half. The resulting mixture will be thick and golden. Allow the caramel to cool slightly and use immediately.

For the buttercream: Whip the shortening and margarine together in a mixer bowl with the paddle attachment until fluffy. Scrape down the bowl and put back onto the mixer on low-speed and slowly add the powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Once the mixture is fully incorporated, stream in 1 cup of the chocolate ganache. Once the ganache is added, you may turn the mixer to medium-high and whip until the buttercream is very fluffy.

To assemble: Poke a hole in the center of each cupcake using the end of a wooden spoon or small offset spatula. Fill the hole completely with salted caramel sauce. Using a round frosting tip, generously frost the top of each cupcake with the dark chocolate buttercream. Drizzle the top of each cupcake with more salted caramel sauce.

This recipe was created by a contestant during a cooking competition. It has not been tested for home use.

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