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Recently my three year old wanted a Doctor Who/Princess birthday party. She is being raised by nerds! So we planned a menu surrounding these themes. We had fish fingers and “custard” (garlic aioli), bowtie pasta salad, chips, hor d’ouerves, wibbly wobbly timey wimey jello jigglers, princess tea party jello and puddings, and . . .Dalek cupcakes.

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I sort of ran out of time and they aren’t the most perfect dalek cupcakes ever made, but I will share my recipe with you! What I did was turn a cupcake upside down, top it with a mini cupcake, pour chocolate ganache all over it, then used pretzels and chocolate chips to make them look like Daleks. I used a very old-fashionedy recipe for cupcakes that uses vinegar and olive oil as the leavening agent, so they are vegan without the ganache.

The recipe for the cake came from here: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/super_easy_super_moist_chocolate_cupcakes/. Thank you!

The rest of the recipe is a bit less exact.I heated an 8 oz carton of heavy cream in a small saucepan, just before the boiling point. Then I poured half a bag each of milk chocolate and dark chocolate chips into a heat proof bowl and poured the hot cream on top of them. I blended the chocolate into the cream until it resembled chocolate syrup and then left it in the fridge for a while to harden up, about 30 minutes. You don’t want the resulting ganache to be too solid or to runny, find a balance.

Once the ganache is ready get out your cupcakes and take off the wrappers. Take a large one, turn it upside down, apply a bit of ganache to attach the small cupcake to the top, then as neatly as you can, pour the genache all over both cupcakes, smoothing as you go. Do this to all the cupcakes, and then let them sit in the fridge a few minutes to harden just enough so you can put on the chocolate chips and pretzels without them sliding all over the place. Voila!

Now go and CE-LE-BRATE!

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