How cute are ice cream sundae cupcakes? I was looking for something simple, but a little different recently for a coworkers birthday and I decided to make a variation of ice cream sundae cupcakes. The main variation is that I didn’t include cherries on top, though that would have made them look significantly more like sundaes. My reasoning – coworker isn’t a fan so why would I do that?! Considering I do not like cherries I wasn’t too heartbroken :)
Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes
For the Cupcakes
2¼ cups cake flour (9 ounces), plus more for dusting the pans
1 cup + 2 tablespoons whole milk, at room temperature
6 large egg whites (¾ cup), at room temperature
2 teaspoons almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ cups + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (11.35 ounces)
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon table salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter (1½ sticks), softened but still cool
For the Frosting
3 sticks (1 1/2 cups) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 pound (4 cups) powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Ganache
1 bag good quality milk chocolate chips
For the Cupcakes
Set oven rack in middle position. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake wells with cupcake liners.
Pour milk, egg whites, and extracts into 2-cup glass measure, and mix with fork until blended.
Mix cake flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in bowl of electric mixer at slow speed. Add butter; continue beating at slow speed until mixture resembles moist crumbs, with no powdery streaks remaining.
Add all but ½ cup of milk mixture to crumbs and beat at medium speed (or high speed if using handheld mixer) for 1½ minutes. Add remaining ½ cup of milk mixture and beat 30 seconds more. Stop mixer and scrape sides of bowl. Return mixer to medium (or high) speed and beat 20 seconds longer.
Divide batter evenly between cupcake wells, about 2/3 full. Arrange pans at least 3 inches from the oven walls and 3 inches apart. (If oven is small, place pans on separate racks in staggered fashion to allow for air circulation.) Bake until thin skewer or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 23 to 25 minutes for full size cupcakes (15-18 for mini cupcakes)
Let cakes rest in pans for 3 minutes before removing and leaving to cool on wire racks.
For the frosting
With an electric mixer, beat butter on medium-high speed until pale and creamy, about 2 minutes.
Reduce speed to medium and add the sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl as needed. After every two additions, raise speed to high and beat 10 seconds to aerate frostong, then return to medium.
Add vanilla, and beat until frosting is smooth.
For the Ganache
Melt chocolate chips on medium power in a microwave safe bowl, stirring every 30 seconds until completely melted.
Top the center of each cooled cupcake with about 3/4-1 tablespoon melted chocolate, allowing to spread a little before topping with frosting. To frost use a pastry bag with a large round opening tip, such as Wilton #1A. Garnish with sprinkles, chopped nuts, cherries, etc. as desired.
Sources: Cupcakes – adapted from The Way the Cookie Crumbles Frosting – Martha Stewart Cupcakes Ganache – original “recipe”