12/5/10

gingerbread cupcakes w/ white choco-cream cheese ganache


Holiday gift? Quick and easy? Yes and yes. Or done and done! I know I've told you I've gotten a lot of emails asking me to please write up more quick & easy recipes. And lately I've been giving them out. I'm a proud to show you yet another one that happened as a matter of quick thinking. AND this is a fabulous holiday treat to give to friends, family, co-workers. My hubby brought these into work and they were gone in ONE hour. Crazy vultures! And I got an email from someone at hubbys' work saying how much she enjoyed them--I love that; that is exactly why I love to bake.

If any of you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you know I love to cruise the aisles of Trader Joe's with iphone in hand and snap up photos of the latest new items. I love Trader Joe's, I think they have good priced frozen meals, but are lacking on the fresh produce and breads. Their snacks, cookies, candies are pretty good and decently priced.
On a previous trip to TJ's I sampled their pumpkin bread and was blown away at how good it tasted; definitely didn't taste like it came from a box. So when I saw the new gingerbread mix I had to give them a go too. And yes, that is how the gingerbread cupcakes came about. Instead of baking them in a bread/loaf pan I made them into 12 cupcakes. They came out fabulous. I mean no one ever knew they were from a box--well until now. Next time you go try them. Let me know how you kicked them up. I kicked mine up by adding a white chocolate-cream cheese ganache. I just think white chocolate and gingerbread are a match made in heaven if the white chocolate has a bit of savory to it. You feeling me people? Are you with me? Good because you are going to LOVE these lil beauties.

gingerbread cupcakes with white chocolate-cream cheese ganache
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1 box of Trader Joe’s Gingerbread mix

Bake the cupcakes according to the package, but instead of using a pan use 12 cupcakes. Mine were done baking in about 17- 20 minutes. Let cool completely and start on the ganche.

White chocolate-cream cheese ganache
½ - ¾ cup of high quality white chocolate
Good splash of heavy cream
4 ounces of room temp cream cheese
Pinch of sea salt

In a saucepan, over very low heat, melt the white chocolate with the heavy cream. When the chocolate is just melted, add in the room temp cream cheese and start mixing. You will be mixing for a while to get it to a nice glossy, smooth texture. Add in the sea salt. Taste test.

When the Ganache is just about combined, take off the heat and finish mixing. Make sure your cupcakes are ready to go and be frosted as the white chocolate Ganache does NOT stay melted for long—it dries up fast.
Pour the Ganache over the cupcakes on a wire rack (or on wax paper).

42 comments:

  1. Good God, woman- these will never make it out the door. I see these in my immediate future. Thanks!

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  2. I LOVE Trader joes, I agree that if they had more produce & herbs I could shop there only. Lovely cupcakes, I love their mixes so far.

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  3. I used to never be a fan of gingerbread, which is just weird, but now I crave it constantly. And well, white chocolate ganache? I'm in love.

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  4. I LOVE gingerbread. I wish it was available more throughout the year :) The spice blend is just so tasty. The cupcakes look perfect.

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  5. These look so good! I just made gingerbread cupcakes too, but with cinnamon cream cheese frosting. Now I want to try it your way!

    - Maggie

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  6. I've seen the Trader Joes's mix but never tried it. Now i will...Thanks for sharing!

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  7. These sound so good! Love the frosting! Yummm.

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  8. i love you dawn! more of these box mix recipes please!

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  9. glad to know their gingerbread cake mix is good! these sound delicious

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  10. hell the freak al low - did that come out right? hello with "the freak" in the middle? these are amazing! the oozy goozy goodness of the ganache is amazing!

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  11. Yum, yum, yum! These look wonderful. I agree with the others that gingerbread should not be just for the holidays.

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  12. Gawd, I miss Trader Joe's! This year, it's all about homebaked gifts as I now have way more relatives to cover and way less $$ to spend on them. These would be perfect! Since I don't have access to the gingerbread mix, I will simply borrow the spirit of your quick'n'easy recipe with another alternative. And I'm doubling up on that ganache . . .

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  13. all i know is if i made these the frosting wouldn't make it onto the cupcakes...

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  14. When is Trader Joe's coming to Canada:D

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  15. Oo yum! These sound fabulous--I'm sure I would agree with your hubby's co-workers!

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  16. love it! you sure know how to tease with my stomach :p

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  17. Oh a perfect holiday treat

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  18. Mmmmmm.these look out of this world Dawn. Too bad Tj's thinks Tampa sucks, as they wont come here!

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  19. Trader Joe's does magical things! They have so many seasonal items out right now that are worthy of picking up just to try...and also because they'll probably be gone by mid-January! Their beer bread mix is great, so no doubt the gingerbread one works.

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  20. The ganache you added was the perfect finishing touch for the cupcakes! I love the combination of flavors :).

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  21. Yep, TJs produce isn't so great, but they have some really great finds. Nice cupcakes Miss Dawn

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  22. Oh man that white choco-cream cheese ganache sounds out of this world!

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  23. Oh man - I was supposed to stop by TJ's on my way home today and forgot until I saw this post. I'm in love with those cupcakes. And the ganache looks to die for! And by the way - your photos are always so beautiful!

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  24. oh-oh-oh I've got to have these! Delish!

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  25. Oh I love me some gingerbread! These cupcakes are gorgeous. :)

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  26. i thought i left a comment earlier.. girl, i want and need some of these... i will dream with them tonight and may inspire myself to bake...

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  27. gingerbread? meh, it's okay. however, that ganache is stop-me-in-my-tracks sensational. awesome, dawn!

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  28. I love gingerbread but have never made cupcakes... great idea!

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  29. wow, i'm totally with you on this. did you save me one?? or three? :)

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  30. Quick and easy, that was my name once... wait, that didn't come out right. Anyway, I love quick and easy recipes and this is a keeper. Hmm delicious cupcakes :)

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  31. What an awesome idea for the cupcakes! i just made a gingerbread pound cake with lemon frosting...now these might be next =) I just all of the festive baking...and gingerbread makes the kitchen smell so good!

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  32. Ah yes, another TJ product to add to my list for my next trip. These look super delish Dawn :)

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  33. What a great idea to make gingerbread cupcakes. So festive and absolutely delicious!

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  34. This is my perfect cupcake! After all, I am nutso for ginger, chocolate and cream cheese. Yum!

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  35. love it! yumyumyum! you should have a love button on your recipes and a bit of smell and taste :))

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  36. A box! You started with a box! I can SO do this!!!!

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  37. Can't wait...14 more minutes to go for my cupcakes to come out of the oven! Thanks for the great idea...and, yeah, never would have thought of using a box mix, but I trust you, Dawn!!!

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  38. Don't have a TJ's here, but I'm gonna have to make that ganache- so good!

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  39. Those look fabulous! I love gingersnaps.

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  40. Oh wow. That thick ganache is making me drool!!!

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  41. Gah! Those look delicious! I'm doing my baking on Thursday/Friday. I may have to come steal a bunch of your recipes and lie to my family and tell them it's my "secret" recipe.
    : O ) J/K...you know I'd give you all the credit.

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