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You will need to make the Chocolate Tuille Cookies first
You will need:
1 stick of butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
4 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup cake flour
1/2 cocoa powder
I made a "template" for the cookie batter by using a piece of poster board and cutting out six circles measuring 4 1/2 inches in diameter. I put this template on top of the parchment paper on the cookie sheet. I could have just eyeballed the batter to make the circles, but since I needed the finished cookies to be a specific size, I used the template for accuracy and to keep the cookie size consistent.
Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees. Combine the softened butter with the confectioners sugar. Add the egg whites one by one. Beat in the vanilla extract and blend the cake flour and cocoa powder. Do not overmix! When the last ingredients have been incorporated....stop mixing. Chill the batter for 1 hour. Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper and your template.
You will need the following ingredients for the cupcakes:
1 1/2 ozs. coarsely chopped unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp canola oil
2/3 cup buttermilk
2 3/4 cake flour
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups granular sugar
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 ground cinnamon
2/3 cup Pepsi Cherry Cola
1 can cherry pie filling (unsweet)*
8 cups confectioners sugar
3 sticks unsalted butter
5 heaping tablespoons cherry filling (cut the cherries up)
3 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup milk
dab of red food coloring (optional)
Using an electric mixer, combine the butter and confectioners sugar, then slowly add the cherry filling and vanilla, and gradually add the 3/4 cup milk. Beat on high speed about 5 minutes until light and fluffy. When the cupcakes are completely cool, I used a small round biscuit cutter to hollow out the center of the cupcake then filled the center of each cupcake with about two tablespoon of cherry filling*. (I saved the cupcake centers to make cakeballs later) I used a 12-inch decorator bag fitted with a large decorator tip to pipe buttercream swirls over the top of each cupcake. Then I took a Chocolate Tuille Cookie and placed it upright in the cherry-filled hole in the center of the cupcake. (You may have to gently push the cookie down into the buttercream to make sure it is stabilized). I finished by piping the buttercream down inside the cookie "bomb", filling it up and letting the buttercream spill out a bit. Topping it all off with a maraschino cherry and chocolate shavings..... this cupcake is the bomb!!!
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