Wow, being a kid is fun, in most cases. The fact is though, many children do not live a fun life. Working parents, abused children, school systems that don’t care as much as they should. The list could go on. With that, take time out to do something to cure this challenge. Volunteer to Big Brothers/Big sisters. Take up mentoring. Start spending quality time with your own children. There are many, many things to do besides being a “ding-dong”!
O.K. if you want to be a ding-dong or better yet, make your own “Ding-dongs”, then todays article is going to do just that. It is much better and more “Fun” to make ding-dongs than to be one! Plus this is a simple yet fun thing to do with your children. Ding-dongs, a long time favorite growing up… a moist chocolate cupcake filled with a crème center and topped off with chocolate coating.
Now, again there are several ways to attack this beast. You could be like a professional pastry chef, creating everything from scratch, which honestly is not that difficult to do. So take out your favorite chocolate cake recipe and that is the beginning. Next, you need a crème filling. A nice butter-crème works well here. So again, you can be industrious or you can cheat. Cheating is not always that bad, especially now a days, with everyone running around like crazy! Seriously, to cheat is a better way, still than just buying the ones from the store!
O.K. to cheat here, I used Duncan Hines “black and white” deluxe cupcake mix. Now I do a few “mods” to it, for example you can substitute a flavored water vs plain water. I used brewed coffee, but you can substitute any flavors you want to create. Next, I added vanilla extract as my liquid in the butter-crème recipe. Next I did go home-made and made a ganache from scratch. See, you can blend a little “from-scratch” with a little cheating and nobody will be the wiser! You can even add some Nutella in the “fat” part of the recipe and maybe instead of 8 Tablespoons of butter, you could use 5 Tablespoons of butter and 3 Tablespoons of Nutella, to create a chocolate hazelnut flavored filling for a variation of your “ding-dong”.
Cheating… so, you first want to bake the cupcakes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Next prepare your butter-crème frosting. In the piping bag provided, filled with the butter-crème frosting and cut tip. Put tip into the cooled cupcake and squeeze about a Tablespoon of filling. Repeat with the rest of the cupcakes.
Next, make your ganache. Ganache is simple.
12 oz. bag of dark chocolate chips (use a higher cocoa like 60% or higher)
1 pint heavy cream
pat of butter
Place the chocolate chips into a stainless steel bowl. Next, put a pat of cold butter on top (this will create a “shine” on the chocolate). In a sauce pan, heat up 1 pint of heavy cream to a boil and directly pour over the chips/butter and cover immediately. Let sit for several minutes, then remove plastic wrap and stir together until smooth and creamy. Next, immediately again, dip each cupcake into the ganache, swirling in a sense to coat the whole cupcake. Set on a cooling rack until the ganache sets. You can decorate the top with the remaining butter-crème or a little piece of candy. Viola, you now have “home-made” ding-dongs!
O.K. you know what to do next! Go out and pass out your new treats to the unexpected masses! Yes, what a better way to make your day and someone else’s too! That is what life is all about… sharing, creating great moments, laughing, smiling and making others day as great as possible.
You know that a simple act of kindness goes a long way. Think about it, you do one thing for someone else today and you will experience a world full of joy. A smile, helping someone out in the store. Carrying packages for an elderly person or better yet, just sitting down with an elderly person and listen to their stories! Wow, you just don’t know how that would make such a difference in someone’s life. If each of us took a few moments a day to make a difference in someone else’s life, just think about how great the world can be! Start now and make a difference!
Well, it is a great day to be alive! Now go and make those “ding-dongs” and get ready for a classic, old school “MJM Mouthgasm”~
Until next time, SMILE… someone is watching! Thanks for tuning in… do you realize that you are becoming a “Mango-head”!