Friday, 16 March 2012

chocolate cupcakes with morello cherry custard and almond praline cream

a dear friend of mine came for dinner last night so i decided to make cupcakes for sweets with some flavours that have been lingering at the back of my mind for a while..even as i put the different elements of chocolate cake, morello cherry custard, morello cherries and almond praline cream together i wasn't sure whether it would be a harmonious combination or a disaster..happily they were deemed a success..

chocolate cupcakes with morello cherry custard and almond praline cream
an original tea with hazel recipe



125 gms unsalted butter
125 gms castor sugar
80 gms srf (self raising flour)
20 gms plain flour
20 gms dutch cocoa
2 eggs
2 tbs milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp mahlepi (optional)**
pinch salt
icing sugar

morello cherry custard

1 jar of morello cherries drained and juice reserved
2 tbs corn flour
2 tbs castor sugar
3 tbs kirsch

praline cream

1/2 cup castor sugar
2-3 tbs water
1 tsp lemon juice
1/3 cup almonds
double cream


~place the almonds for the praline cream on a tray and cook on 180 deg c until roasted
~set aside to cool
~place cooled almonds on a baking paper lined tray

~lower oven temperature to 170 deg c
~line a 12 hole 100 ml capacity muffin tray with paper cases 
~sift the srf, plain flour, cocoa and mahlepi
~beat the butter, salt and castor sugar until pale
~add eggs one at a time beating well between each addition
~add flour and cocoa mix and milk and vanilla in two batches beating gently between each addition 
~divide batter between muffin cases 
~bake for 20 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer
~set aside to cool

~place 1 cup of the reserved cherry juice on to heat
~add 2 tbs castor sugar (or extra to taste)
~mix 2 tbs corn flour with a further 1/4 cup of cherry juice
~add a little of the warm cherry juice to the corn flour mix
~then add the corn flour to the saucepan and cook until thickened and just coming to the boil
~remove from the heat and add the kirsch
~set aside to cool

~in another saucepan put the sugar on to heat
~add the water and lemon juice and stir until the sugar crystals dissolve brushing down the sides of the pan with a brush dipped in boiling water
~increase heat and cook until the sugar turns a medium caramel colour
~remove from heat and immediately pour over the almonds
~once cooled process the almond praline finely leaving a few small pieces of toffee

to assemble***

~mix the half of the praline with 100 mls cream
~cut a deep cone shape circle from each cupcake
~cut the cone segment in half horizontally and put the cupcake top part aside
~spoon a large teaspoon of the cherry custard in the cupcake
~press four morello cherries gently into the custard
~top with a large teaspoon of praline cream
~place cupcake tops on the cream pressing them gently to secure
~dust with icing sugar

* this is a recipe that i've adapted over the years..replacing some of the srf with plain makes the cake a bit denser which is what i wanted here
**adding the mahlepi to this recipe was another one of my attempts to experiment with a less well known greek ingredient..i thought the bitter almond and cherry flavour of the mahlepi would compliment the morello cherry custard with the kirsch and the almond in the praline but i couldn't really detect it at all in the time i will double it..i was more cautious this time after my masticha disaster
***the praline cream and cake assembly are best done close to serving time..

it's a 'happy st patrick's day' coincidence that the cake is on a green plate..x


  1. holy sweet goodness Jane! are you serious? those flavour combinations are awesome!!!!
    lucky friend...

    1. oh..thanks for your lovely comment brydie..

  2. Jane, how cute! I had such a hard time finding Kirsch that when I finally tracked some down, I got carried away and bought two big bottles. So I'm always looking for a way to use it.. :)

  3. funny you should say that about the kirsch celia because i had to go on a mission to find it too..when i eventually found somewhere that sold it they told me that they used to sell several brands but there was now only one available..i wanted to stock up too but seeing as the 80's was probably the last time i used it i had second thoughts..but now that i've got it i'm feeling some more retro inspired cuisine coming on.. :)