Chocolate baking chips kicked off a major inspiration. One mention of them leads to a brainstorm of ideas. What flavor to enhance and pair well with dark 60% cacao chips? Cherry immediately came to mind. How to infuse cherry flavor to match the depth of the chocolate? Kirschwasser, a.k.a. cherry brandy, works wonderfully. Soon it was all put together in Chocolate Kirsch Cupcakes.
Which baking chips caused the inspiration? It was none other than the Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips. The chips have a little less sweetness than semi-sweet ones. They are also a bit larger than typical baking chips which mean more flavor impact. Using them is a great way to give baked goods an extra punch of rich, dark chocolate.
How are the Chocolate Kirsch Cupcakes? The cupcakes are deep chocolate accented with those wonderful chips and flavored with Kirschwasser. They have an airy texture complimented with a fluffy seven minute frosting made with maraschino cherry juice. The juice gives the frosting a light cherry flavor and the prettiest pale pink color. They are finished with a maraschino cherry on top.
How often do you bake with chocolate chips? It’s quite often for me. I use them in bread, cookies, cakes, cupcakes, and more. Take a look at my Buttermilk Chocolate Quick Bread and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars. I use and recommend Ghirardelli brand which can be found at grocery, mass and club stores nationwide. One last note on the Chocolate Kirsch Cupcakes: They are great for Valentine’s Day and any occasion for adults. They contain alcohol as an ingredient and are not suited for children.
Disclosure: I received a stipend from Ghirardelli to purchase ingredients for recipe development and was not compensated for writing this post. I was under no obligation to give a positive review. All opinions are my own unless otherwise stated or contained within a guest post.