I’ve never been one to really enjoy eating chocolate. I know others of my gender have huge chocolate cravings on a regular basis, but it’s just never excited me that much. I’ve even been to Belgium and tried some of the world’s finest, but eh, no big deal. This was the case, until I discovered Vosges chocolates. These chocolate bars (found at Whole Foods for those in STL) are sensational. They come in a variety of creative flavors and tend to mix sweet with spicy. They even come with specific instructions on how to eat them so that you get the full sensory experience. When my husband and I open a bar, we each limit ourselves to one square a day to stretch out the enjoyment of it as long as we can. Anyway, just try one.
It sounded fantabulous, however, it had pumpkin in it. My beloved Naga bar does not feature pumpkin. I decided to come up with my own cupcake version of the Naga bar. Don’t worry pumpkin lovers, it’s nothing personal against pumpkin. You may recall I already made the pumpkin cheesecake cupcakes and there will surely be more adventures in pumpkin to come.
Gestalt: A collection of physical, biological, psychological or symbolic entities that creates a unified concept, configuration or pattern which is greater than the sum of its parts.
There were 3 different distinct flavors, the coconut cupcake, the chocolate coconut curry cupcake, and the coconut frosting. Each on it’s own was good, but together it was mmm mmm great.
Another interesting thing to note is that it seems to be getting better by the day as the buttery coconut frosting seeps into the top layer of cupcake.
More detailed baking notes:
- I opted not to put any coconut flakes in the batter. I just put them in the icing. This was partly because I wanted a smooth texture and partly because I wanted my husband to be able to enjoy the cupcakes and he doesn’t like coconut flakes.
- In the chocolate half of the batter, I put 1/8 cup of cocoa powder and 1 t of curry powder. I didn’t want it to be two chocolatey. I’d had my fill of really rich chocolate the week before.
- The coconut flakes in the icing were actually unsweetened rather than sweetened. That was all they sold at whole foods. It worked fine.
- The chocolate shavings on top of the cupcakes are from none other than a Naga Bar.