Monday, May 11, 2009

Chocolate Cupcake Dessert

I made this dessert recipe Saturday night when we had a dinner party. It all started when I went to the 40th birthday bash for a good friend. Some dear made cupcakes for the party favors. Yummy! They were delish! The kookie thing was, there was a perfectly shaped well in the middle of the cupcake that was filled with chocolate mousse. I tried to figure out how the perfect hole was made. Fast forward a few days...I received the Sur La Table catalogue in the mail. There was my answer; a cupcake tin with a well you could fill. I dashed right over to the store and picked up my latest favorite kitchen treasure.
First, make the cupcake of choice, mine was chocolate. (Actually, my favorite is lemon, but I know most people's "fav" is chocolate so I went with that.)

Cool. Next fill the well with ice cream, Haagen Dazs was my choice, rich, creamy and lingers on your tongue.

Next, drizzle, no, smother, in Mom's homemade hot fudge sauce. This will be the last of the Mother's Day tributes. Dear ole Mom loves to cook. I get quite a kick out of calling her for her recipes. Still at the spry age of 83, she can reel off every recipe she's ever made (or close to it.) So, I called her and true to form, she gave me the recipe off the top of her head.
Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 Tablespoons butter
1.5 cups powdered sugar
1/2-3/4 c. evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Melt the chocolate chips and butter in the Microwave.
Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until all are wet. Microwave until it's close to a boil, about 30-45 seconds. Stir the ever-loving crap out of it (my words, not Mom's) until it is smooth and shiny. I use a wire whisk. Actually, you don't have to stir that much, just get out all of the lumps.
Top with whip cream, chopped pecans, and piece de resistance...a maraschino cherry. My dinner guests devoured it!

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