Pipe guests' initials onto the tops of these cupcakes, or create a message that is spelled out when the cupcakes are lined up.
- Yield: Makes 12
Photography: Jim Franco
Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2001
- 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
- 4 tablespoons heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Vanilla Cupcakes
- 2 large egg whites
- 1/2 pound confectioners' sugar
- Gel food coloring, optional
Place chocolate, cream, and butter in the top of a double boiler or a heat-proof bowl over a pan of gently simmering water. Stir occasionally until melted. Remove from heat; let cool slightly. Transfer to a bowl; dip each cupcake into glaze, letting excess drip off. Chill until just set, about 10 minutes.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine egg whites and sugar on low until spreadable. Add food coloring, if using. Transfer to a pastry bag fitted with desired tip, and pipe immediately (or store in an airtight container 1 to 2 days; beat with a rubber spatula before using).