Tash challenged me to include truffles in a cupcake recipe, and because I’m always up for a baking challenge, here it is. As far as I know, there is no other sweet recipe in existence (well, nothing acknowledged on the internet) that uses truffles, apart from a truffle ice cream made by Dr Yukio Hattori on Iron Chef, when for some reason he decided to challenge Iron Chef Michiba (madness! — of course Hattori lost). I searched the internet long and hard to find information about what sweet ingredients go well with black truffles, to little avail. So as a testament to all the stupid search results I got that were about chocolate truffles, these cupcakes are also topped with hand-made honey chocolate truffles.
When I say “science bee honey” I mean that this is the honey collected from the bees used by the visual & sensory neuroscience research groups at the QBI. If you don’t have access to science bee honey because for some strange reason you’re not a researcher at an institute that has a honeybee lab, I suppose you can use non-science bee honey, but you will diminish the novelty and awesomeness of these cupcakes significantly.
Recipe after the cut.