Sunday, January 17, 2010

Birthday Baking: Brandon 1/17

Brandon is our brother-in-law. A week before his birthday we were having dinner at a restaurant and we got Boston Cream Pie for dessert. He had never had it before and quickly proclaimed it his new favorite dessert.
We decided that we should make him Boston Cream Cupcakes for his b-day. We used a Cook's Illustrated recipe because it looked better and sounded tastier than the other recipes we found online.
It gets made in three parts and then put all together. We made the filling first, the night before the rest of it. Then came the cake and the chocolate topping. It was odd that the cake mixture came out more like bread dough than batter but it baked just fine, maybe a little tough though.
We refrigerated it for the minimum amount of time because we cut it a little close to when we had to leave.
As Gordon Ramsay says "Taste everything", we did. We tasted the pudding, the cake, the chocolate and then all of it together. We were very sugared up but feeling that the cakes came out tasty but little thick.
We didn't have any of them right away. They were consumed that evening after we went home. As I understand it, multiples were consumed by each person.
Lessons learned: Letting the pudding soak into the cake may be the key. Next time, we may try to use cupcake papers to keep the cake soft even though the recipe doesn't call for it.

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