Hi Everyone! Welcome back for the Food Network Challenge month nine! As a reminder, Food Network wrote in the January edition of their magazine that they had the perfect cupcake for every month of the year. We, have decided to test that theory by making the cupcake of the month, in that month. So far we’ve done January-August and now we’re here with September!
This month, Food Network has decided to turn a classic dessert-cookies and milk-, into a different classic dessert-cupcakes! With a cupcake, made with a lot of sweetened condensed milk, and a few chocolate chips sprinkled on top, a chocolate frosting-of course, made with more sweetened condensed milk-and a sweetened condensed milk filling the small well in the frosting, this cupcake is 1) made with a lot of sweetened condensed milk, and, 2) a good representation of a classic dessert.
Lucy: I mainly liked these cupcakes. The cake part seemed pretty average to me. Nothing really stood out. It was a little bit dry and crumbly though. I did like the frosting! It wasn’t too buttery like others we’ve had. But, it took way more confectioners sugar than the recipe said. The decorations on top I thought looked super cute!
Now, not in any way, shape, or form, did this cupcake represent September to me, not even fall. When I think of milk and cookies, I think of cuddling up in a warm blanket with a glass of milk and cookies, or what we leave out on Christmas Eve for santa.
Karenna: These cupcakes were ok. The cake wasn’t terrible, but it had a weird flavor that I couldn’t quite place, and it was a bit dry as well. The frosting was chocolate, so of course I didn’t really like that. The condensed milk on top was really cute, but it made for a very messy cupcake, especially if you wanted to save them. I also thought this cupcake had a bit too much condensed milk. In fact, I think that is what the weird flavor in the cake was from.
Now, did they represent September? I don’t think so. These cupcakes seemed more “cold winters day” type thing. But, in September, It’s usually still warm out! So, I thought, these cupcakes were cute, and fun, but didn’t taste great, and definitely did not represent September.
For the cupcakes-
1 stick butter
2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons chocolate chips
For the frosting-
6 oz chopped milk chocolate
1 1/2 sticks butter
1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk, plus extra for topping
pinch of salt
3/4 cup confectioners sugar
mini chocolate chip cookies (we used chips ahoy) for topping
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with 12 cupcake liners.
- Combine the butter, the condensed milk, the sugar, the egg, vanilla extract, and salt in a food processor. Process until smoothed and slightly thickened (about 2 mins). Add the flour, baking powder, and baking soda, and pulse a few times until blended. Drizzle in 1/4 cup of whole milk, and pulse a few times until smooth.
- Fill the muffin cups with the batter (about 3/4 of the way).sprinkle the chocolate chips on top, and bake for about 20-25 minutes. Let cool.
- Make the frosting, Put the milk chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals. stir until smooth. Let cool slightly.
- Combine the butter, melted chocolate, 1/4 cup condensed milk, and the salt in a food processor, and process until smooth. Add the confectioners sugar, and process until smooth. about 1 minute.
- Spread the frosting over the cupcakes. Make a small well in the middle and fill each with a little bit of condensed milk. Top each with a mini chocolate chip cookie.
Recipe from Food Network Magazine.
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