Maple Syrup and Birthday Cupcakes

This past weekend a good friend from high school was visiting Boston. K had a conference here last week and stayed to hang out this weekend. On top of hanging out with friends, Butler made it to the Final Four! K went to Butler and is the president of his local alumni club!


On Saturday we decided to partake in some local fun by heading up to New Hampshire to go to a maple house where they boil maple syrup. We had beautiful weather on Saturday. It was a bit chilly but sunny and not a cloud in the sky. After arriving at the Grant Family Maple House, we had some food and got in line to learn all about how maple syrup is made.


What we learned is that the sap from the trees has about 2-3% sugar in it straight from the tree. At that percentage, it would take 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup!! So they first condense the sap until it reaches about 8% sugar. The sap is then boiled to evaporate off the water.


Once the temperature reads 7 degrees above the boiling point of water, you have syrup! The guy in the maple house even explained how they use a baraometer on the wall to get the barometric pressure so they know the exact boiling temperature of water for that given day. It was all very scientific and extremely interesting.


The small bottles of maple syrup were a sample from each batch they had made at the maple house this season. The guy explained that as the season goes on, the syrup tends to get darker due to the change in the amount of sugar in the sap.


Of course, we had to get some maple products while we were there. Obviously, maple syrup. We also got some maple candies, some maple sugar, and some maple pepper. Can’t wait to find creative ways to use the sugar and pepper. If anyone has suggestions, please let me know!


Also, since K’s birthday was last week, I made him some cupcakes to celebrate. I went with my go-to chocolate cupcake recipe. I love that you can whip these up by dirtying only one bowl and using a whisk! I dipped them in some ganache and topped with festive sprinkles. Aren’t they pretty?

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19 Responses to “Chocolate Overdose Cake”

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    yumventures — February 1, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    This looks just plain amazing…and I’m not even a huge chocolate fan! The different textures must be delectable — good thing Valentine’s Day is coming up =)

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    Jelli Bean — February 1, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    This looks like my favorite cake I’ve never tried. Yum! After reading the directions, it seems like you could reduce the prep time by simply preparing the brownie batter first and setting it aside while prepping the cake batter, and then baking them at the same time. Either way, I am putting this on my “MUSTS!” list. Thanks for sharing.

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    Jade — February 1, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Wow!! That looks amazing. It would make a great chocolage indulgence for Valentine’s Day.

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    Katie — February 1, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    WOW! That looks amazing! I love the filling. I’m starring to try for sure. Chocolate cake is always a big winner with guests. 🙂

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    kitchen koala — February 1, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Mmmm….chocolate! Looks fantastic 🙂

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    Memória — February 1, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Man, this cake is serious stuff!! I would love some of that! Thanks for all the tips on how to make it more efficiently.

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    oneordinaryday — February 1, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Wow.
    That is one amazing way to celebrate.

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    The Methods Guy — February 2, 2010 at 3:34 am

    OMG That looks awesome. I wish I could take it out of the computer screen and eat it right now!!!

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    Ingrid — February 2, 2010 at 3:41 am

    While I’m not a chocolate cake fan I have to say that is one delicious and impressive looking cake! Definitely makes wish I was into chocolate. 🙂
    ~ingrid

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    Tasteandshare — February 4, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Did anyone count the calories? 😉

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I really feel hungry!

    Cheers,

    Carsten
    tasteandshare.com
    food social network * wine social network
    gloof

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    laurasrecipecollection — February 4, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Talk about death by chocolate! That looks incredible!

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    nutmegnanny — February 4, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    This is such a beautiful cake! I really want to give it a whirl. A lot of chocolate but totally worth it!

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    ashley — February 4, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    omg. this looks A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. can i get a piece right now please?!

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    mycupcake — February 5, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    wow. that looks amazing

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    ButterYum — February 6, 2010 at 1:27 am

    Looks absolutely fabulous. Really wonderful photos too!

    So glad I stumbled upon your blog.

    🙂
    ButterYum

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    Mansi — February 9, 2010 at 12:10 am

    beautiful cake! one can never be tired of Chocolate! and those strawberries steal the show!:)

    Yummy! that would’ve have been a perfect finger food! love the cheesy texture:)

    this would be perfect for the Valentine day giveaway I’m hosting on my blog. would be great if you could participate!

    http://www.funandfoodcafe.com/2010/02/valentine-super-bowl-recipe-carnival.html

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    Chris — February 10, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Is a cake like this even legal? This is going to be a most special addition in the KOL round up. Thanks for participating, Jen!

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    Talita — February 25, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Wow!! Just the way the CHocorango likes! Kinda perfect!

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    Erin O. — November 14, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    When I made this, I almost went into a chocolate coma. But it was totally worth it!!!

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