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The taste testing was a success and I am hopeful for the future. I have big dreams for A Dab of Frosting and hoping things will only getting better. One of the featured desserts was a Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcake recipe that I created. It is absolutely perfect for the Summer because it tastes just like a Hot Fudge Sundae without having to worry about the melty mess (well only a little bit when you are making it!). Another thing that is great about them is that they work well with parties. You can have a variety of toppings and kids/family/friends can decorate their own! You can have Sprinkles. Nuts. Chopped up Candy bits. Caramel syrup. Strawberry Syrup. Cherries. The possibilities are great! I was not as creative as I should have been at my taste testing – but it is definitely something to keep in mind for the future.

Now the recipe is not quite perfect yet. It is close but not how I want it. The first time I made it there was too much sugar and the cupcakes sort of imploded… just a little bit but also had a crunchy top. Though delicious… it was not exactly the texture I wanted. Second time, was a disaster and ended up in the trash. I am still a little sensitive about the subject…

Third time was pretty close to what I wanted. It was tasty and soft but it still does not have the texture I crave for this sort of cupcake. It works well with the fudgy ganache and the whipped topping… but I want perfection. So I am looking for an excuse to make them again. Anyone interested?

This is currently what I have for the recipe. Maybe you can experiment and let me know your results!

2 ½ Cups All Purpose Flour

3 teaspoons Baking Powder

¼ teaspoon Salt

½ cup butter, softened

½ cup vanilla ice cream, melted

1 ½ cups Sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 eggs

1 ½ cups of Milk

Directions:

1. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees F. Line Cupcake Tray with 24 liners.

2. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt together.

3. Beat the softened butter until smooth and slowly add in the sugar. Once butter and sugar is mixed well, add in the ice cream.

4. Add vanilla extract.

5. Beat in eggs one at a time.

6. Slowly add in Flour mixture and alternate with the milk. So about 1/4 of the flour mixture and milk at a time.

7. Fill cupcake liners about 1/2 – 3/4 of the way. Bake for 25 minutes.

While cupcakes are cooling… make the ganache! Very easy.

Hot Fudge Ganache

1 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips

1/2 Heavy Cream

1. Heat heavy cream in a sauce pan until it is bubbling/simmering

2. Pour over chocolate chips and STIR! Stir like crazy. If you find that the chocolate chips do not melt, that’s fine. Just stick it in the microwave. Oh you should probably do this in a microwave safe bowl! Sorry! 15 seconds will do the trick.

3. If you find that it is too “soupy” to put on cupcakes, just let it cool for 15-20 minutes. It gets thicker as it sets.

4. Put on cupcakes.

Then go crazy with toppings! This is how mine came out:

Eat Immediately!

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