(Written May 17, 2011)
Last week, I bought something that I never thought I would "need"—a cupcake corer. I should back this story up a bit...
It was a lovely, pre-Easter weekend and I found myself walking around downtown Los Gatos with David (the husband). Lo and behold, Williams-Sonoma had a sign outside that caused a force stronger than I, one that practically pulled me into the store (20% off open-stock All-Clad D5? Yes, please!). I'm now convinced that this [magnetic] force is the very same that allows the pans to be used on induction burners, and it only grows more powerful when there's a sale going on. Clearly I couldn't help myself, right?
I then, of course, proceeded to meander throughout the entire store (why waste the trip?), and that's when I first laid eyes on this single-purpose device, the cupcake corer. I was intrigued. After picking it up off the shelf and playing with it for a few seconds in order to figure out how it worked, I took a peek at the price and thought, only 5 bucks! Hmmm. This quickly turned into, 5 bucks for this simple device? No, not worth it, on to the All-Clad!
It was hopeless, though, the seed was planted. Over the next few weeks, I found myself coming back to the thought of "what could I possibly fill a cupcake with?" over and over again.
Dulce de leche? Eh, it's fun to make but not my favorite thing to eat (and we all know it's all about me—kidding!).
Extra frosting? Too much of the same flavor and texture. Though, I do love frosting.
It wasn't until I was experimenting with the success-or-failure of baking chocolate cupcakes without paper liners that I knew exactly what I'd use the corer for: a faux-Hostess cupcake! I thought a whoopie pie type of marshmallow-y vanilla filling, whose sweetness would be balanced out with a bittersweet chocolate ganache would fit the bill—and here we have it!
I ended up purchasing my corer through Sur La Table (the Williams-Sonoma I went to weeks later didn't have any in stock, and I was in a rush to get one before the bake sale), and I love it! It's not just a glorified round cookie cutter. My favorite part is how the wide, plastic flower part allows you make holes with a consistent depth. Plus, it comes apart so you can clean both halves really well. It's really the small things in life that excite me.
(For sources and more, visit: http://www.asageamalgam.com/2011/05/vanilla-creme-filled-chocolate-cupcakes.html) —a sage amalgam