Gluten-Free Chocolate-Cardamom Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream, Spun Sugar Bird's Nests and Jewel-Encrusted Bird's Eggs

Gluten-Free Chocolate-Cardamom Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream, Spun Sugar Bird's Nests and Jewel-Encrusted Bird's Eggs
29 Ingredients
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate (recommended: Callebaut)
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups superfine sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups rice flour (recommended: Bob's Red Mill)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups Chocolate-Cardamom Ganache, recipe follows
  • Chocolate Buttercream, recipe follows
  • Dark cocoa powder, for dusting (recommended: Callebaut Extra Brut)
  • Spun Sugar Bird's Nests, recipe follows
  • Jewel-Encrusted Bird's Eggs, recipe follows
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom pods, crushed
  • 1 cup chopped bittersweet chocolate (recommended: Callebaut)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 cups (6 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled to lukewarm
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup corn syrup
  • Special equipment: large whisk with 1-inch removed from end with wire cutters
  • 1 pound white chocolate molding chocolate
  • Assorted vegetable-dyed crystal sugars
Nutrition
419
21% daily value
50 servings
                                       
                                            vegetarian, gluten-​free
     

Fat

40% 26

Saturated

77% 15

Trans

- 1

Monounsaturated

- 8

Polyunsaturated

- 1

Carbs

16% 49

Carbs (net)

- 47

Fiber

6% 2

Sugars

- 40

Sugars, added

- 40

Protein

5% 3

Cholesterol

22% 65

Sodium

4% 104

Calcium

3% 32

Magnesium

8% 33

Potassium

3% 137

Iron

6% 1

Zinc

5% 1

Phosphorus

11% 78

Vitamin A

17% 153

Vitamin C

0% 0

Thiamin (B1)

2% 0

Riboflavin (B2)

5% 0

Niacin (B3)

2% 0

Vitamin B6

4% 0

Folate equivalent (total)

2% 7

Folate (food)

- 7

Folic acid

- 0

Vitamin B12

4% 0

Vitamin D

3% 0

Vitamin E

5% 1

Vitamin K

2% 3
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