chocolate-glazed croissant cupcakes

April 24, 2013

croissant cupcakes with chocolate glaze by butter me up, Brooklyn!

I met my BFF in Language Arts class when I was fourteen. What the lesson plan of ‘Language Arts’ consisted of or what knowledge I gleaned from the 50 minutes a day I spent in that classroom is unimportant because from the moment we had our initial group project it was lady friend love at first sight.

croissant

All it took was one trip to the mall and we were pretty much instantly best friends. Over the years we have had a shared love of many things – namely flared jeans and a questionable taste (debatable!) in music and now that we are older and wiser our shared affection of things has grown to include good IPA and red lipstick and a high level of connoisseurship in the freshly-made buttery croissant department.

glaze set up

croissant cupcakes by butter me up, Brooklyn!, glazed

Given that croissants rank high on the meter of happy things about life, I knew that including them was a must when celebrating the dessert portion of her recent birthday. So I put my baking fairy hat on and spent a few weeks brainstorming how I could elevate the humble breakfast pastry into a festive birthday dessert.

croissant, in half

chopped up

My first idea was to buy a few dozen croissants and fashion them into a towering layer cake à la croquembouche but then I put myself in check. That would have been too crazy. I needed to scale it back a bit, so next I thought maybe the simpler route would be better.

croissant cupcake batter

Perhaps just one croissant with a festively appropriate candle in the middle but as I played that scenario over in my head, it seemed like it wouldn’t quite come off as funny as I wanted and could even maybe be a little lonely for that one poor croissant. That idea got scrapped.

croissant cupcakes ready to bake

mid-glaze

I have never made croissants from scratch (they have long been on my list!) so I toyed with giving homemade croissant-making a go. Since it would be the first time obviously the gift would be that they would have been made in her honor but what kind of a present is that – like oh I wanted to try making croissants just this once and I know your love of croissants so…haaaappy birthday to YOU??!!?…

glaze station

croissant cupcakes by butter me up, Brooklyn!

I finally settled on putting Seattle’s best croissants into cupcakes. All the beauty of the the breakfast pastry but in party-ready cupcake form. You can’t really go wrong with baking already baked butter and flour into almond-scented cupcakes and glazing them with chocolate ganache, but these little beauties were the perfect way to celebrate a birthday and fourteen years (and counting!) of friendship.

Chocolate-Glazed Croissant Cupcakes
Makes 12 cupcakes

For the croissant cupcakes:
1 cup (125 grams) flour
2/3 cup (135 grams) sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons (40 grams) butter, softened
1/2 cup (120 ml) buttermilk, room temperature
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
two croissants, use the best quality you can find (day-old is fine and this a great way to use up any leftovers!)

For the chocolate glaze:
1 cup (175 grams) semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons (28 grams) butter, softened
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (88 ml) half and half (or heavy cream)
1 teaspoon powdered sugar, optional
pinch of salt

Make the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 325 and line a muffin tin with 12 liners. Set aside. Cut off the crispy ends of the croissants (this will be your garnish!) and chop them very finely. Transfer to a little bowl and set aside. Roughly chop the remaining croissants (you should have about 2 cups when chopped) and set aside while you prepare the batter.

Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter in a large bowl. Use an electric mixer to fully incorporate the butter until the mixture resembles sand.

Measure the buttermilk into a liquid measuring cup, add the egg and extracts, and whisk well until smooth. Pour the liquid into the flour mixture – and using a rubber spatula and several quick strokes – stir to just combine. Fold in the chopped croissant pieces. Be careful not to overmix.

Divide the batter evenly between the 12 cups. Bake for 20 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Let the cupcakes cool.

Make the glaze: In a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, melt the chocolate and butter together until smooth, then remove from the heat. Meanwhile, whisk the powdered sugar (if using) into the half and half (or heavy cream) and heat until just warm and small bubbles are beginning to form around the edges of the pan. Pour the warm liquid over the chocolate mixture, set stand for a minute or two, then whisk until smooth and glossy. Spoon the glaze over the cupcakes and sprinkle each with a pinch of the reserved finely-chopped croissant.

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croissant cupcakes by butter me up, Brooklyn!, up close

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Dani April 25, 2013 at 1:40 am

Aww, the BEST bday present ever!! Tasty croissant cupcakes and a trip down memory lane! So glad our shared affection has grown to include the buttery croissant department – sometimes you just have to indulge! Can’t wait for what you bake up next!!! :)

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Kathryn April 25, 2013 at 8:35 am

Croissants in the cupcakes and on top? That’s just genius!

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amy @ southern sweets and eats April 25, 2013 at 9:34 am

How lovely. I think these are just right to celebrate a friendship founded of a love of butter and flaky pastry.

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar April 25, 2013 at 10:20 am

These look so lovely!

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Wendy May 3, 2013 at 2:38 pm

How wonderful to have a birthday recipe invented in your honor! These must have tasted extra special with all of the thought and love you put into them. :)

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Lindsay May 9, 2013 at 7:31 pm

These sound great.

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Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen May 10, 2013 at 3:59 am

I love the idea of croissant cupcakes, so original and fun! What a lovely birthday present for your friend!

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Jasmine May 10, 2013 at 8:01 pm

You are a freaking genius. Croissants are my most favorite thing in the whole world. Can’t wait to try this!

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Erica D. May 17, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Wait. What?! Croissant cupcakes??!! Pure genius. I die.

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Samantha May 21, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Se ven super ricos y faciles de hacer, son perfectos para regalar

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Gina July 17, 2013 at 12:16 am

Truly different idea. Were they moist?

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Lillie July 18, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Hi Gina! Yes, they are quite moist and almost have a bread pudding/custard taste to them. If you make them, I’d love to hear what you think! Happy baking!

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Brenda McCracken October 1, 2013 at 11:56 am

This reminds me of the Cronut that a bakery in NY sells. I think I would want these more though. Thanks for sharing!

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