I started with my basic chocolate recipe. I stuffed it full of ho-ho cream, double-dipped it into silky ganache and put a signature white ho-ho swirl on top.
Ho Ho Cupcakes
Ho Ho Filling: There are lots of recipes out there simulating ho ho filling. The basic step is that you start with two tablespoons of flour and a cup of milk to create a roux. You really need to whisk the crap out of this otherwise you’ll get lumps. Heat until warm and add 1/3 cup of sugar. Bring to boil until thickened, only a couple of minutes. Cool completely. In another bowl, beat 1/3 cup shortening, 2/3 cups of real butter, 1 tsp of vanilla and a pinch of salt. Beat until completely smooth and add the flour mixture. Beat the crap out of it to make sure you don’t have any lumps. Fill cupcakes!
Ganache: This is the simplest most delicious frosting to make ever. In a double boiler, melt one bag of chocolate chips, 3 tbsp butter, ¾ cup of heavy cream, and a tsp of vanilla. Melt until smooth. Let cool until slightly thickened and dip the cupcakes in it. After the first dip, I stuck the cupcakes in the freezer to set and then dipped them again.