Hello and welcome to the first month of the Crazy Ingredient Challenge. This monthly challenge was created by Jutta, at Hungry Little Girl, to replace the Surprise Recipe Swap. Though the Swap was fun, some bloggers forgot to post, or just didn't have time to commit to a monthly swap. Which resulted in hurt feelings by those who's blogs weren't being posted. So, Jutta decided to do a monthly challenge where we could choose to participate, or not and nobody would be left out, if others were too busy to post. The idea behind the Crazy Ingredient Challenge is to create a recipe, using two ingredients that you wouldn't normally pair together. This month the ingredients were Chocolate and Cauliflower. I know what you're thinking..... CA-RA-ZY!
That's exactly what I thought at first too. But then I started thinking of what I could make. I immediately thought of dessert, since chocolate could possibly mask the cauliflower taste enough in a dessert. I thought of maybe making brownies with the cauliflower, but I was worried they would come out too dense. So I went with chocolate cupcakes. I dug out an old recipe for chocolate banana cupcakes and altered them to add in cauliflower, instead of the banana.
I really wasn't sure how it would turn out and I was VERY happy when the cupcakes came out light, fluffy and moist. I still had to make sure they passed the kid test though, so I topped them with a White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting and Sprinkles. Then, I handed some to the kiddos. Breath held, (Oh who am I kidding, I was stuffing my face with a cupcake too, LOL), I awaited the verdict. I knew I liked the cupcakes and I couldn't really discern the cauliflower taste, but would the kids be able to figure it out? To my excitement, they weren't and they even declared then the BEST chocolate Cupcakes ever!! Phew!
Chocolate-Cauliflower Cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
1 C flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/3 C unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 C coconut oil
1/2 C mini chocolate chips
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 C cooked and cooled cauliflower
2/3 C milk
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 C butter, softened
1/4 C melted white chocolate (I used blue coloured chocolate melts)
4 C powdered sugar
Sprinkles for garnish
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F, and line a muffin tin with paper liners.
Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl, and mix very well.
In a separate bowl, beat the coconut oil with the egg, and vanilla. Using a food processor, make a puree with the cauliflower and milk, by processing it until very smooth. Mix the cauliflower puree in with the egg mixture, until well combined.
Add the dry ingredients, along with mini chocolate chips, into the wet ingredients and beat for 5 minutes, until fluffy. Using a large scoop (I used my Pampered Chef large scoop) evenly fill each cupcake liner with batter, to 3/4s full.
Place muffin tin in oven and reduce heat to 350 degrees. Bake cupcake for 15-18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in tin for 5 minutes, before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
In a bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter, until very fluffy; scraping down sides as you go. Add in powdered sugar, half cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Add in melted white chocolate and beat for 5 minutes longer, to make the frosting smooth and fluffy.
Frost cupcakes and dip tops in sprinkles before serving.
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