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Chocolate Covered Indian Cupcakes

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Ingredients
For cakes
  All-purpose flour 3 Tablespoon
  All purpose flour 3 Tablespoon
  Cornstarch 3 Tablespoon
  Salt 1 Pinch
  Eggs 3 Large, separated (At Room Temperature)
  Granulated sugar 3 Tablespoon
For chocolate glaze
  Chocolate glaze 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Bittersweet chocolate 4 Ounce, finely chopped (High-Quality)
  Whipped cream 1 Cup (16 tbs)
For whipped cream filling
  Heavy cream 1 1⁄4 Cup (20 tbs)
  Confectioners sugar 3 Tablespoon
  Vanilla extract 1⁄2 Teaspoon
For assembly
  Apricot glaze 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (Warm)
Directions

GETTING READY
1 Place a rack in the center of the oven and heat to 400 degrees farenheit.
2 Lightly butter and flour the cups of an ebelskiver pan, tapping out the excess flour.

MAKING
3 For the cakes: Sift the flour, cornstarch, and salt together.
4 In a medium bowl with a handheld electric mixer, beat the egg whites on high speed until soft peaks form.
5 Gradually beat in the sugar and beat until the peaks are stiff and shiny.
6 In a medium bowl, place the egg yolks and vanilla.
7 Sift about half of the flour mixture on top and beat with the mixer on medium speed, just until smooth.
8 Add one fourth of the whites into the yolks and mix.
9 Fold in the remaining whites, just until barely combined.
10 Sift the remaining flour mixture on top, and fold in until smooth.
11 Divide half of the batter evenly (about 3 tablespoons for each) among the cups, filling almost to the brim.
12 Cover the remaining batter in the bowl with plastic wrap.
13 Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the centers of the cakes comes out clean, for 10 to 12 minutes.
14 Cool in the pan for 3 minutes.
15 Run the tip of a sharp knife around the cakes to release them, then remove from the cups.
16 Cool completely on a wire rack. (The unfilled cakes can be prepared up to 1 day ahead, stored at room temperature in an airtight container.) 17 Rinse the ebelskiver pan (don't use soap or you'll remove the pan's natural nonstick seasoning), then dry, butter, and flour the pan, and repeat with the remaining batter.
18 For the chocolate glaze: in a small saucepan, bring the 1/2 cup of cream to a boil over high heat.
19 Remove from the heat and add the chocolate.
20 Let stand for 3 minutes, then whisk until smooth.
21 Let stand until slightly cooled, for about 10 minutes.
22 For filling: In a chilled medium bowl, beat the cream, confectioners' sugar, and vanilla until stiff peaks form.
23 Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

FINALIZING
24 To assemble the cupcakes using a small serrated knife, slice the tops off the cakes, keeping the bottom slices about 1/8 inch thick.
25 Pull out the insides of the domed tops, leaving 1/8-inch shells.
26 Brush the insides of the shells and the cut sides of the bottom slices with the warm apricot glaze.
27 Set aside until the glaze is cooled and set.
28 Place the shells, cut sides down, on a wire rack set over a jelly-roll pan lined with wax paper.
29 Spoon the warm chocolate glaze over the top of each, letting the excess glaze run down the sides.
30 If desired, use a metal spatula to scrape up the glaze, and drizzle over the shells to give them a second coat.
31 Refrigerate the shells to set the glaze.
32 Transfer the whipped cream to a pastry bag fitted with a 9/16-inch-wide open-star tip such as Ateco Number-825.
33 Pipe a tall swirl of cream onto each base.
34 Use a small metal spatula to lift and place a shell over each base and refrigerate until ready to serve.

SERVING
35 Slice and serve.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Indian
Course: 
Dessert
Method: 
Baked
Ingredient: 
Chocolate
Interest: 
Party
Servings: 
8

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