I have the day off today. I surely do love Presidents. It's been a really nice, lazy weekend. We usually have so much going on that when we have no plans, we tend to be more like hermits. Weekends like this, especially long ones, usually mean that Kenny does little project around the house and that I bake something while I catch up on the DVR. This weekend was no exception. These cupcakes are nice and light, which is nice for a weekday-turned-weekend treat.
Macaroon-Stuffed Chocolate Cupcakes1 cup nonfat ricotta cheese1/4 cup sugar1 egg white1/3 cup coconut flakes1 1/4 cups flour1 cup sugar1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder1/2 tsp baking soda2 egg whites - lightly beaten3/4 cup buttermilk1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce1 tsp vanillaChocolate Ganache (below)Colored sprinkles (optional)
For filling: In a medium bowl, beat together ricotta, sugar, and egg white until smooth. Stir in coconut, set aside.For cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly coat 18 muffin tins with cooking spray, set aside. In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, cocoa, and baking soda. In a small bowl, combine egg whites, buttermilk, applesauce, and vanilla. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture and stir until smooth. Spoon half the batter into prepared muffin cups, then spoon 1 tablespoon coconut filling in the center of each. Spoon the remaining batter evenly on top of filling. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan, and then remove to cool on a wire rack.
Chocolate Ganache1/2 cup heavy cream3 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
Bring cream to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Pour over chocolate in a bowl. Let stand 5 minutes. Slowly whisk until smooth. Let cool completely, stirring often with a rubber spatula. (adapted from Martha Stewart).
When completely cool, dip the tops of each cupcake in the ganache. Repeat as needed for desired thickness of coating. Add sprinkles, if desired.
With my husband, sprinkles are always desired.
What do you do on a day off?