Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Chocolate Cinnamon Frosting

The other day I wrote about my failure with my attempt at Carnival's warm chocolate melting cake and you all were more than supportive. I think I have some good leads on what recipe to try next time, so thank you all!


This weekend I tried to make a special type of cake (well known to other St. Louis locals) into cupcakes. I failed again and ended up with hybrid yellow cupcakes.

I wanted to just toss them out, but my hubbie pushed me to make some frosting and press on. I know he had an ulterior motive, but he was right I shouldn't waste perfectly yummy cupcakes.

I needed a success. I needed some spice for the plain yellow flavor. I dreamed of chocolate (what's new). So out came the idea for a Cinnamon Chocolate frosting.

And it was a success, it did add spice, and it was the creamiest chocolate frosting I have made!

In the spirit of the Emmy's...I would like to thank my hubbie for motivating me and my kitchen aid stand mixer for all that beautiful whisking!


Chocolate Cinnamon Frosting

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
2 cups confectioners' sugar
3 tbsp milk

In a double broiler or in a bowl over bowling water, melt unsweetened chocolate. Remove from heat and set aside to cool until room temperature. Beat butter in a large bowl on medium speed until fluffy. Add in vanilla and room temperature melted chocolate and mix well. Sift in cinnamon and confections' sugar in small amounts, beating thoroughly after each addition and scraping sides and bottom of bowl. Beat in milk and whip frosting till light and creamy at least three minutes.


When I made this frosting, I used the whisk attachment for the stand mixer. For decoration I used the Wilton 1M tip. To make the swirl, check this out, to make the ripple effect I started with holding the pastry bag and 1M tip perpendicular to the cupcake. Starting at the edge of the cupcake move the pastry bag around in a clockwise motion, moving up and down to form ripples. I formed a large circle of ripples on the rim and eventually worked my way swirling into the center of the cupcake to finish.

Hope you enjoy!

23 comments:

  1. Lovely cupcake and great frosting! Go hubby!

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  2. I thought your cake looked wonderful...and these are gorgeous too!!! I'm happy to try your "mistakes" anytime.

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  3. Mmm, what a spicy sweet flavor combo. Delicious :-)

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  4. Oh yum! Love anything with cinnamon so that frosting looks amazing to me! Thanks for sharing :o)

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  5. Love this addition of spice!! That looks super fluffy, I'd love to try some :)

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  6. Mmmmmm great combo! Yay for the hubbs! I'm sure he enjoyed these babies!

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  7. These look beautiful! And I love that you added cinnamon to it!!

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  8. Great job with the frosting, I bet it tasted good too!
    -Gina-

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  9. That must taste incredible! I love the flavor combination and your perfect piping. Thanks for sharing your recipe and technique for that lovely effect. Great job!

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  10. Cinnamon and Chocolate are a matche made in heaven!!!

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  11. looks delicious creamy and flavourful

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  12. what ever you were trying to make, this certainly came out as a winner! Your frosting was the crowing touch! so will you tell us what kind of cake is famous in St. Louis?

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  13. @Chef Dennis: It is none other than St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake, it is one of my hometown favorites. I will figure it out and be sure to post my success! Thanks

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  14. Sounds tasty! My theory is chocolate makes everything better, and in your case it seemed to work!

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  15. Chocolate and cinnamon, yum! They look beautiful!

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  16. Such a supporting husband even if he had an ulterior motive :) Your cupcakes look great.

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  17. Yummy!! I love cinnamon and chocolate together!

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  18. Those look delicious && I love the way you did your icing!

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  19. These cupcakes look so inviting with that beautifully swirled frosting!
    Angie

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  20. I'd take your cupcakes over the St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake I just made a couple of days ago from Cook's Illustrated. We just threw it out today because no one was eating it. When you find the right recipe, please let me know. I'd love to find one that's authentic and if it ends up even close to these cupcakes, I know it'll be excellent.

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