fauxstess with the mauxstess

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May. 30th, 2006 | 04:47 pm






oh my gahd! these are so tasty. the cake seemed slightly too dry, but the combo of cake, filling and ganache was wonderful. maybe i overmixed my batter? maybe next time i won't use a cupcake paper. make it traditional. the filling recipe made enough for 2 batches, and the squiggle recipe makes enough for 4 batches. it was really thick, and my plastic disposable piping bag exploded halfway between piping my squiggles. oops. fixed it with packing tape. good as new. next time, i will packing tape the seams before piping it out, or make it less solid. i kind-of wanted my ganache and filling to be more waxy. maybe that's the traditionalist in me. everyone who had one loved them. my dad was totally like "if i win the lottery, you're getting your own bakery" hehe. :-) my sister said they were better than the originals, and my husband said they were his favorite so-far. (i still like the pumpkin choco chip one the best, but that's probably just because i'm just a pumpkin fiend) my aunt thought i was joking when i said i made them. she thought i got them from a hostess outlet. hehe.

and now for my experiments in transporting the delectable morsels.

i found "shoe boxes" at the dollar store. each shoe box holds 8 regular sized cuppers or 6 large cuppers. and 3 shoe boxes fit in a wholefoods bag with room for freezer packs if you so wish. last time i used my square giant gladware box and my wilton cupcake caddy, i was holding them in my hand while opening an insanely heavy door, and needless to say, the door backfired on me once i was inside, and the cupcakes did acrobatics. :-( this combination of cupcakes in a bag would have been perfect for that situation. the cupcakes wouldn't have batted an eyelash. they'd be like "bring it, door" unfortunately, the lids have a little tab that keeps them from fitting into my 1-bag sized fart cart. i'll check on my 2-bag sized cart shortly and report back. i have faith that it'll fit. anyway, 24 regular-sized cupcakes or 18 large cupcakes wouldn't be too heavy to carry on your shoulder anyway. i guess it's when you get into your 3rd bag of cupcakes (72 regular sized cuppers) that you'd need assistance from a cart.

oh wow! the 2-bag cart is able to fit 10 boxes quite comfortably. (80 regular cuppers or 60 large cuppers.) wonderful! so essentially, i could drag 16 boxes of cupcakes if i ever had to. 10 boxes in the cart and 6 boxes on my shoulders. for a grand total of 128 regular or 96 large. holy guacamole!







suthrncan, i picked up a kg of the black cocoa for you as well. if you don't want the whole thing, i can happily cut it in half or whatever.

kittee, i didn't forget about you, my 1M tip oddly enough isn't on the wilton website. but it's one of the closed star tip types. it's a giant tip, it's got a larger base than the typical tips. i'll take a picture of it for you soon enough.

and finally, for the filling of the fauxstess, i used my filling tip, so i didn't need to poke with my finger. the cupcakes started to expand, and the tops started splitting. maybe i should have smushed some of the innards to make room for more filling?
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the recipe is over at isa's journal. http://isachandra.livejournal.com/26438.html
it's also in vegan with a vengeance.

the cupcake
1 cup flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
3 Tablespoons black cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup plain rice or soymilk
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

preheat the oven to 350 and line a 12-muffin tin with paper cupcake liners. spray with the liners with canola spray to prevent sticking. sift together the flour, cocoa powders, baking powder, baking soda and salt. in another bowl combine the rice milk, oil, maple syrup, sugar, vinegar and vanilla. beat at medium speed for about two minues. add the dry ingredients to the wet and beat for about another minute to combine. fill each cupcake liner about 2/3 full and bake for about 25-30 minutes. remove from oven and allow to fully cool.

the filling
2 Tablespoons non-hydrogenated margarine
1/4 cup non-hydrogenated shortening
1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons superfine (caster) sugar
2 Tablespoons plain, full-fat soymilk powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt

in a small bowl beat together the room temperature margarine and shortening until well combined. add the sugar and soymilk powder and beat at high speed for a long time. ten minutes or until the icing is very fluffy. add vanilla extract and a tiny pinch of salt and mix for another minute. set aside.

the ganache
1/3 cup soy or rice milk
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 T. maple syrup

in a small saucepan bring the soymilk to a boil then lower heat to a simmer. add the chocoate and maple syrup and mix. remove from flame and allow residual heat to fully melt the chocolate. stir to combine. or you can place all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and melt on high for a minute or two, checking and stirring the mixture every twenty seconds until done.

the squiggles
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 Tablespoon soymilk powder
1 Tablespoon water

sift the sugar into a bowl and add soymilk powder. add 1 teaspoon of water, then the rest bit by bit until you get a thick consistency, slightly more solid than toothpaste. this stuff has to hold its shape so it should not be drippy in the slightest.

putting it all together
1. poke a hole in the center of each cupcake with your finger, making a little well where the filling will go. place the filling in either a pastry bag, or improvise one by using a ziplock bag with a tiny bit of one edge snipped off. fill the hole until the frosting is level with the top of the cupcake.
2. spread the chocolate ganache over the top of the cupcake, covering the frosting filled hole either by using a cake decorating spatula or dipping the tops of the cupcakes into the bowl of melted ganache. place cupcakes in the fridge for about ten minutes to set.
3. again either using a pastry bag with a little attachment or another ziplock bag with an even tinier bit of the edge snipped off, make the squiggles on the top of the now firm ganache. place in refrigerater again for a few minutes to fully set.

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SJS

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from: shiromaguro
date: May. 30th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
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gorgeous dahling!

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Thank you Life!  Thank you Love!

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from: suthrncan
date: May. 30th, 2006 09:04 pm (UTC)
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Perfect party food!!! Will there be some Sunday? :-) I can't wait to see you guys! It's been a while!

Thanks so much for getting me some black cocoa!!! I really appreciate it! :-)

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your friendly neighborhood supercarrot

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from: supercarrot
date: May. 30th, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC)
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well, i do have filling and squiggles left. :-)

it's gonna be fun. filled with food... and eating! and video games! and you! and me!
(ok, i'll stop now.)

welcome back. :-)

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Thank you Life!  Thank you Love!

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from: suthrncan
date: May. 30th, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC)
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Molly is hopelessly addicted to this Scooby Doo game on the X-Box. I am sure she will look for any reason to celebrate it.

What should I bring? I am totally dragging along some mushrooms and tofurkey brats but I want to make a side and a dessert too.

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your friendly neighborhood supercarrot

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from: supercarrot
date: May. 30th, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC)
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ananga wants to bring bbq tofu, connie will bring potato salad and a bean salad, i'll be making corndogs and/or grilled cheez, (and most likely the fauxstess) and kool-aid (and there was something else, i'll have to look in my previous entries. some sort of side dish) rose will be providing a nintendo themed cake. and that's all i know of right now. :-) maybe twinkies? i want to try your twinkies. my goddess, we're going to be so bloated at the end of the night. hehe.

the only x-box we have is the 360. i think all former x-box games are playable on the 360, but i'll double check with scott, or else we might need you to bring your system along. we're buying an extra tv for this party. hehe. :-p scott wants to make sure everyone is enjoying his toys to the fullest extent.

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Thank you Life!  Thank you Love!

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from: suthrncan
date: May. 30th, 2006 10:19 pm (UTC)
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We will bring the X-Box.

"scott wants to make sure everyone is enjoying his toys to the fullest extent."

Hahahahaha!!

I will totally make more twinkies and I could do some sort of side. The jury is still out on that one.

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your friendly neighborhood supercarrot

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from: supercarrot
date: May. 30th, 2006 10:26 pm (UTC)
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do you want me to provide the buns for the brats? saurkraut?

and we did need a temporary tv for the bar downstairs (he wants to get a flat screen for the "man zone" hehe.) but we don't have the cashola right now to justify getting a flat screen for the basement.

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Thank you Life!  Thank you Love!

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from: suthrncan
date: May. 30th, 2006 10:32 pm (UTC)
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I can bring some. I have a little saurkraut left from a jar I just got from Whole Foods. I can get more too. I will also bring spicey mustard! I was thinking of doing German food but someone else is already bringing potato salad. I could still do fried potatoes and cabbage! Why not go for the mega bloat!? I was also considering a cucumber and dill salad....

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from: gerrythurlo
date: Aug. 11th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
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I expected the broth to have a little more kick, but it was still tasty, and nothing a few squeezes of lime couldn't take care of.

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from: leroylanoue
date: Aug. 11th, 2008 10:27 am (UTC)
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Titans will now try to find some offense in Tampa, while the Falcons try to lose enough games to score Brian Brohm in the Draft.

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Webtar Bazaar

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from: webtar
date: May. 30th, 2006 10:34 pm (UTC)
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nICE GANASHE!

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from: webtar
date: May. 30th, 2006 10:35 pm (UTC)
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Not to mention, the squiggles and cupcakes are beautiful as well!

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your friendly neighborhood supercarrot

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from: supercarrot
date: May. 30th, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC)
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thanks lady. :-)

i only had 1 bar of ghirardelli baking chocolate, so i used 1/2 cup of tropical source chips as well. (i doubled the recipe) so i don't know if that had anything to do with it. :-) if you examine the cuppies in the shoebox, you can determine which one i was piping when the bag exploded. hehe. :-p

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from: webtar
date: May. 30th, 2006 10:40 pm (UTC)
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I bet if you use that crappy chocochip brand, the store brand it would get you the waxy taste. You know, the bags that say, "with chocolate flavoring." YUK!
Also, my tops broke open too even when I put my finger in them and squished some down.

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from: kermitmullinax
date: Oct. 17th, 2008 06:11 am (UTC)
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I love the pink candy coating and music notes, it adds something whimsical to your L’Opéra, not to mention that it’s a fabulous save.

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kejlina

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from: kejlina
date: May. 31st, 2006 12:07 am (UTC)
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This brings me joy.

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from: vegan_chelly
date: May. 31st, 2006 02:04 am (UTC)
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Wow...I'm going to literally have sweet dreams tonight!

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leisure suite surrender

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from: hello_synth_pop
date: May. 31st, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
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amazing. i am going to try and make these this weekend. if i can find black coca powder...do you think they have it at whole foods?

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your friendly neighborhood supercarrot

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from: supercarrot
date: May. 31st, 2006 02:52 pm (UTC)
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nope. i had to call all over the philly area to find it. go to google maps and search for businesses with "gourmet" in their names or stuff like that. i had to go to a place that sells all kinds of caviar to get mine. :-(

however there is an amish guy who sells it on ebay, and it's not that bad a price at all. but if you still can't find it, you can use dutch processed cocoa instead.

here's a thread at the ppk forums that has all you'll ever need to know about finding black cocoa. good luck!
http://www.postpunkkitchen.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=2727

oh, you're in brooklyn! it'll be a snap! i'm sure isa said where she found it.

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from: supercarrot
date: May. 31st, 2006 03:00 pm (UTC)
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isa said: I got the black cocoa powder at PS Coffee and Tea on 5th avenue and 6th street, Park Slope (last time I was there I bought the last of it, so call first and make sure they got more in!).

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date: Jun. 4th, 2006 04:32 pm (UTC)
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from: veggiepharmgirl
date: Jun. 21st, 2006 03:58 am (UTC)
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I've been wanting to make these for a long time. I drool over them everytime I open VWAV. Where did you find the black cocoa powder?

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from: supercarrot
date: Jun. 21st, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC)
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i called around to all the gourmet shops in the area, and found a place that carries it. i had to go to a place that sells caviar though. :-( but it was a nice big container, and not too expensive.

here's the thread at the PPK that has all the info about ordering it online. http://www.postpunkkitchen.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=2727

good luck!

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