My son likes his mostly plain with just a little bit of frosting. But I wanted to do something special for hubby since he's such a great guy. :o) So I whipped up some homemade gourmet Ding Dongs. When we first got married, we used to have a box of them in our freezer. He loved them and ate them all the time. We stopped buying them several years ago but we always seem to have a box of devils food cake mix in our pantry. This isn't the first time I've made these, but it's the first time I've had a blog when I made them. So now I get to share them with the world. hehehe!
I don't remember where I learned how to do this but if you want to create them for a loved one at your home this is how it's done.... err... this is how I do it.
Bake your cupcakes and let them cool.
I prefer homemade frosting so I made some. I don't usually follow a recipe. I start with a little butter and some cream cheese. I whip it together in my mixer with some cream and vanilla and then add powdered sugar until I have the consistency I want. I put a large star tip in the corner of a large plastic zip-top bag that I've snipped the corner off of and the put 90% of the frosting in the bag. Poke the star tip into the cupcake and squeeze the frosting bag and slowly pull the tip out of the cupcake as the frosting fills up the center of the cupcake. Don't squeeze too hard, you don't want to blow the frosting out the bottom and sides of the cupcakes.
Take the excess bit of frosting off the top of the cupcake....
...so it's nice and flat/smooth.
Then I made some chocolate ganache. I put some cream (maybe 1/4 cup) in a small saucepan on my stove on low and threw in several handfuls of dark chocolate chips. I let the warm cream melt the chocolate chips and stirred it together. I think it was somewhere around 1/2 cup. Then took it off the stove top to cool. Spread the ganache on the top of the cupcake.
Take the rest of your frosting and put it in a small zip-top bag and snip the corner. Use this bag to doodle decorations the top of your cupcakes.
And see what happens when you cut it in half....
... Cream in the center just like a Ding Dong :o) Yes, this cupcake was sacrificed for quality control purposes and for all of you to see how I made them. But don't you think it was worth it?? I will tell you it was yummy, Yummy, YUMMY!
Yeah, I did good. :o)