September 23, 2012 11:30 AM
Chocolate and Cajeta Cupcakes
POSTED IN: TV Show Recipes , Pati's Mexican Table
TAGS: cajeta , chocolate , cupcake , dessert , EP205 , food , Jinich , Mexican , Pati , Patricia , treat
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Recipe from my sister Alisa Romano
Cupcakes de chocolate con cajeta
Makes 12 cupcakes

Cupcake ingredients:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup hot water
3/4 cup cajeta or dulce de leche

Ganache ingredients:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
14 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon unsalted butter

To prepare the cupcakes:
Place oven rack in the center position. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter the cupcake molds.

In the mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until soft and creamy. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix until well combined.

In a separate bowl, add flour, baking soda and salt. Mix it up and add it to the butter mixture. Pour the buttermilk and continue beating. In a small bowl, combine hot water and cocoa powder and stir into the mix, beat until combined. Pour the batter into the cupcake molds.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the cupcakes rise, are cooked and tanned on top. Transfer to a wire rack and let them cool completely. Using a paring knife, cut a 1-inch piece from the top of each cupcake. Save the cut pieces. Fill each hole with one tablespoon cajeta and replace the cut-out pieces. Top the cupcakes with the chocolate ganache.

To prepare the ganache:
Mash the butter until it's creamy and has no lumps. Heat the chopped chocolate in a double boiler water bath and let it melt. Warm the heavy whipping cream slightly

Slowly fold the whipping cream into the melted chocolate. Finish off the ganache by folding in the softened butter and adding sugar until everything is well combined.


On this recipe the ganache calls for whipping cream twice. The 1 cup whipping cream should be 1 cup chopped chocolate or chocolate chips, right? The 14 ounce heavy whipping cream is correct?

Anne | October 13, 2012 1:41 PM

All of Pati's recipes are masterpieces. They are delicious and fairly uncomplicated to make. Using her recipes can change a regular meal into a banquet.

Katarina | October 21, 2012 4:55 PM

Do you have a receipe for cajeta? I live in Montana and want to make it like what we got in Piedras.

Josefina | November 15, 2012 10:34 PM

Hola Josefina, Thank you for taking a moment to write me. I don't currently have a recipe for cajeta, but I will try to put one up soon.

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Josefina | November 21, 2012 2:34 PM

Just watched this one, with your sister, and on the show you put in 3 eggs? *looked up the recipe because they don't leave it up long enough to write it all down...


Lois | January 5, 2013 12:46 PM

I just watched the episode with your sister and the cupcakes. Absolutely delicious to the eye and palate. I love your show and watch it every chance I can. I am a huge fan of Mexican cuisine. Will be purchasing your cookbook very soon.

Carol VanEtten | January 5, 2013 3:43 PM

It is 14 oz chocolate and 1 cup cream!

Gina replied to comment from Anne | January 5, 2013 7:21 PM