The food equivalent of a blank canvas, you can make a cupcake as fancy and elaborate as you want by adding different fillings or frostings to it. While some fillings, such as whipped cream and jelly, should be added after you bake the cupcake, others, such as truffles, should be added to the batter before the cupcake goes into the oven.
About Adding Truffles
Adding a truffle filling to a batch of cupcakes increases the flavor of the cakes. If you want extra chocolate flavor, you can add dark chocolate truffles to a batch of chocolate cupcakes. You can also add chocolate truffles to vanilla cupcakes or hazelnut truffles to chocolate cupcakes to create new flavor combinations. A truffle can also improve the texture of the cupcake. Truffles are soft, so they will make a cupcake seem more moist after baking. Unlike other fillings, such as chocolate chips, the truffle will stay nearly liquid and soft even after the cupcake has cooled.
Choosing the Truffles
You can use either homemade or store-bought truffles in your cupcakes. Making truffles at home involves preparing a ganache, or a mixture of equal parts chocolate and heavy cream. Use whatever type of chocolate you would like for the ganache, from semi-sweet to white chocolate. To make the ganache, heat the cream and chocolate over the stove or in a microwave, stirring often, until the chocolate melts. Chill the ganache before shaping into teaspoon-sized balls. Or, use store-bought truffles.
Filling the Cupcakes
Pour the cupcake batter into a lined muffin pan, dividing it evenly among the cups. Fill each cup about three-fourths of the way full. Use a teaspoon to scoop out a portion of the ganache and shape it into a ball. Set the ganache truffle on top of one of the cups full of batter and push down gently. The truffle will sink to the center of the cupcake during baking, so you don't have to completely cover it.
Not Just Truffles
Truffles aren't the only thing you can bake into a cupcake. Candies with soft centers also work well as fillings. For example, you can set a creme egg in the batter before baking for a batch of cupcakes that's appropriate for Easter. If you like the combination of chocolate and peanut butter, you can place a peanut butter cup in the cupcake batter before baking. You can also fill cupcakes with mini brownies or cheesecake filling before baking.
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