Posted by Cindy Bendel on 6/6/2021 to News
My older son started Taekwondo when he was five years old. And when he turned 10, he was eligible to test for black belt. It was an exciting achievement for him and we were excited he reached the top level!
Fast forward two more years. Little did I know that within black belt there are degrees (also known as Dan). Who knew? It keeps going long after the first black belt. My son would be testing for third degree or 3rd Dan.
The TKD studio had extra classes to help the students prep. My son also became more serious about eating healthier and getting into shape. As we got closer to the date, I started thinking about how we could celebrate. I searched Pinterest for ideas and saved them. I knew I wanted to bake a special cake or cupcakes. Then I also wanted to design a card for him.
As I brainstormed a concept, I thought of what it meant to be a black belt. I remember when he first earned it, the master talked about how they are to be role models. That the black belt is about honor, respect and other character traits. So I came up with the following design.
Then for the cake, I made a trip to Fran’s Cake Supply. I could easily spend an afternoon in this store. They have an extensive inventory of cookie cutters and I searched the wall for martial arts shapes.
I didn’t have luck finding any, but they did have lollipop molds. So I decided on cupcakes with a lollipop topper. I bought tempering chocolate (as known as couverture). They were easy to melt over the stove, and in no time I had the toppers for my cupcakes. If you use this method, I recommend a double boiler over low heat. Stir every so often until the chocolate is melted and has a smooth consistency.
The final result became a chocolate cupcake with Nutella frosting and drizzle.
For the cupcakes I used King Arthur chocolate cake mix. I also added 1/2 cup of ground hazelnuts. I couldn’t taste it at all, it didn’t seem to add to the recipe other than to boost the protein content.
Then for the Nutella frosting, I used the recipe from Baked By An Introvert. I substituted oat milk for the heavy cream.
For the drizzle I diluted the Nutella with oat milk, slowly adding a teaspoon at a time until I got the consistency that I wanted.
The cupcakes were a hit! Especially for my Nutella-loving son. It made for an easy way to add a special touch to our celebration.