S1E6 (Mystery Box) – Cupcakes

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This week’s Mystery Box challenge was very straightforward: make one great cupcake in 45 minutes. You could use any ingredients provided on the table below – what they claimed to be anything that you could ever need to make a great cupcake.

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A lot of people struggled with this challenge (even Tracey who claimed to be a fantastic baker). But Jake (Chocolate Lovers Delight), Whitney (Coconut), and Sharone (Hazelnut & Pistachio) were declared the top three. Sharone was declared the ultimate winner though.

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For my cupcakes, I decided to do a Honey Banana Cupcake with Nutella-Chocolate Ganache. I am not really a baker so I just followed this recipe completely. The only thing I did a little differently was add a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg to the cupcake batter. (See finished product below).

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The cupcakes turned out great! And they definitely took less than 45 minutes to make. The ganache I made never set up properly (probably because I got the proportions wrong with the half recipe). I was able to get it so it would sort of stay on top (see below) but it looked atrocious. So I decided to just quickly melt some chocolate with a smidge of cream and honey to B.S. a quick ganache-like topping, which I garnished with powdered sugar to add some sweetness. (The second image below would have been what I presented to the judges).

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Seeing how poorly some of the other contestants did with this challenge, I think my cupcakes would have fared just fine (even with the ganache failure). The only problem was that I had to pay very close attention to the recipe. If I had actually been in this challenge, I’m not entirely sure that I would have been able to come up with the correct proportions without it. Looks like I’ll have to seriously practice my baking skills before trying to go on the show!

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