The very first time my son saw Rudolph Chocolate Tartlets was during his first ever Christmas celebration in Australia, when he was 3 years old. His grandma made those very cute tartlets. Since then, it becomes a yearly tradition to make them or its variation, Rudolph Cupcakes.
Christmas is still another 2.5 months to go but my son wanted to rehearse it before the real one in December :-) We both decided to make these Rudolph Orange Cupcakes. We went shopping together yesterday to buy the ingredients. It's definitely a good activity to do during his mid-term school holidays. My 6.5 years old boy had really a lot of fun today! I let him take in charge and did most of the steps, start from measuring the ingredients to make the cupcakes all the way until the end - decorating them.
For the cupcakes - use the same recipe as Orange Cake (refer to my previous post) but reduce the baking time to around 22 minutes. This recipe makes about 15 medium size cupcake. Here is the link to the recipe:
For the chocolate ganache
100 gr Lindt 70% mild dark chocolate
180 ml thickened whipping cream
(Enough to cover 13 medium size cupcakes)
For Rudolph the red nose reindeer
Big marshmallow for the nose base (cut into half)
Small marshmallows for the eyes (cut into half)
Pretzel (break into half)
Red colour chocolate candy
1. Break the chocolates into small pieces.
2. Bring heavy cream to a simmer on the stove top, stirring occasionally. Just as soon as you see a simmer, remove from heat and poor over chocolate pieces, swirling the bowl to make sure all pieces are covered.
3. Place lid on chocolate pieces to trap the heat and let sit undisturbed (no mixing) for 5 minutes. Remove lid and swirl the chocolate chips with a whisk starting in the center and working outward until smooth.
4. Let it sit uncovered at room temperature for about 10 minutes. Then put the bowl in the fridge for about 10 minutes.
5. Scoop a spoon of chocolate ganache and pour it over the cupcakes. Smoothen the surface.
6. Place the small marshmallows cut for the two eyes and a big one for the base of the nose.
7. Dip the tip of a skewer into the chocolate and dot the eyes. Do the same for the base of the nose so the red chocolate candy can stick into the base.
8. Put the pretzels on top.
Easy and cute, aren't they? :-)