For Week 34 of Reddit’s 52 Weeks of Baking Challenge we are supposed to carve a baked good. The moderator elaborated on this for us and cutting out a hole in a cupcake and filling it with cream definitely counts. I made this delicious recipe for Brooklyn vs. Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World.
These cupcakes require a monumental amount of effort. I stirred, chilled, whisked, beat, mixed, chilled again, baked, melted, and chilled a third time. It took hours and created a lot of dirty dishes. The cupcakes are pretty phenomenal though.
Step 1: Baked Cupcakes
Step 2: Carving out the filling holes
Step 3: Filling the cupcakes with cream (making the cream counts for at least two steps and also involved two hours of chilling in the refrigerator)
Step 4: Chocolate Ganache
Bam! Look at that cupcake. It took so long to make I feel like it’s my biological child.
Because I’m not vegan, if I was really craving something like this in the future I would probably go to the bakery and buy a single eclair. For vegans, however, cream-filled, chocolate-topped, baked treats are not so easily acquired so going through all this work every once in a while is worth it because these cupcakes are really awesome.