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CHOCOLATE PRALINÉ CUPCAKES

An original recipe by by l’École Valrhona
Yields 15 cupcakes
Category: Cakes and Tarts
 

INGREDIENTS

CUPCAKE BATTER:
250g eggs
75g acacia honey
115g sugar
120g bread flour
25g COCOA POWDER
75g almond flour
7g baking powder
120g heavy cream 36%
50g chocolate liqueur (optional)
105g butter
55g ORIADO 60% chocolate

CHOCOLATE & ALMOND AND HAZELNUT WHIPPED PRALINÉ
600g 50% ALMOND & HAZELNUT PRALINÉ
195g ORIADO 60% chocolate

DECORATIONS:
30gMIXED CRUNCHY PEARLS
30g chopped hazelnuts

 

INSTRUCTIONS

 
CUPCAKE BATTER:
  • Mix together the eggs, honey and sugar without whisking.
  • Add the almond flour. Sift together the flour and COCOA POWDER, then sift into the mixture. Add the baking powder.
  • Stir in the heavy cream.
  • Add the chocolate liqueur (optional) and, finally, the melted ORIADO 60% chocolate and butter.
  • Pour approx. 60g of mix into the silicone cupcake molds. Cover with greaseproof paper and place 1 or 2 trays on top to make a weight (so the cake stays flat and will not rise too much in the oven).
  • Bake in a fan-assisted oven at 355°F (180°C) for approx. 15 minutes.
  • Turn out once completely cooled.
 
CHOCOLATE & ALMOND AND HAZELNUT WHIPPED PRALINÉ:
  • Mix the melted ORIADO 60% chocolate and the ALMOND AND HAZELNUT PRALINÉ 50%. Check that the temperature is between 113 and 118°F (45 and 48°C).
  • Cool in a bain-marie until it reaches 75°F (24°C).
  • Spread straight onto a silicone mat and leave to set for at least 3 hours at room temperature.
Assembly
  • When the ALMOND AND HAZELNUT PRALINÉ with ORIADO 60% chocolate has set, put it in a mixer and beat using the flat beater.
  • Stop as soon as the consistency is “pipable”.
  • Put the praliné-chocolate mixture in a piping bag and make a nice swirl on each cupcake.
  • Garnish with MIXED CRUNCHY PEARLS and a few chopped hazelnuts.

 

*Chef’s tip:You can coat the base of the cupcake before piping out the beaten praliné. You can switch ORIADO 60% chocolate for CARAÏBE 66% chocolate using exactly the same quantities.