I can’t even explain how good these are. I took them to a party and they were met with grunts of appreciation. That’s really all I need to make me happy. I should marry a caveman. The whole process took a pretty long time since I had to make the mousse, ganache, and cupcakes separately and THEN let them all sit long enough to have everything chilled during assembly.
I took the Hazelnut Mocha recipe from VCTOTW and changed everything over to almonds because I am
cheap frugal! It also helps me to not devour an entire pan of cupcakes by making them with something I’m mildly allergic to. I tricked myself out of gluttony. The inside of these are stuffed with an almond mocha mousse and covered with the rich chocolate ganache and a sprinkling of chopped almonds. I used my coffee grinder to make almond meal for part of the flour since I don’t have a food processor. It worked perfectly, considering all I needed was 1/3 cup almond meal.
They are soooo rich and have an amazing chocolate/almond/cinnamon/nutmeg explosion going on. It took me twenty minutes to eat one because my eyes kept rolling back in my head and I feared an all out food coma. I also have a bunch of leftover mousse and ganache that will either be turned into a pie or some truffles. We’ll see where the weekend takes me!