Last month my daughter and I took a trip to D.C. so I could try on bridesmaid dresses for my cousin's wedding. While there I found a cupcake place, Hello Cupcake. I picked two cupcakes to try, de lime and de coconut and gianduja. They were fabulous. I have a less than flattering picture I could post of me stuffing a cupcake in my mouth but I'll spare you! Anyhow I knew I wanted to have wonderful cupcakes like these again and soon. My best friend and I love to get together and bake so we decided to have a cupcake party!
The first cupcake I decided to make was key lime. I found a recipe on line at Bon Appetit. The only change I made was skipping the green food coloring. I didn't find a vivid green cupcake to be necessary. These cupcakes were phenomenal. The icing is out of this world. I could have eaten the entire bowl. It is however a great thing that I don't get paid to decorate cakes because my first try with the piping tip and bag was a epic fail as you can see!
Finding a recipe that came close to the chocolate hazel nut ganache of the Hello Cupcake was harder. So I improvised. On the Food Network website I found a chocolate ganache cupcake recipe by Ina Garten. I made the recipe as written but after the cupcakes were out of the oven I piped a bit of Nutella in the center. Then I dipped them in the ganache and sprinkled them with toasted hazelnuts. Not as good as the ones in D.C. but fabulous none the less.