How to make a Black Hole... Cupcake!



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There is great argument about the existence of black holes. The term "black hole" is often used as a metaphor to describe a place of emptiness or loneliness, which stems from its actual scientific meaning.  According to NASA, "a black hole is a place in space where gravity pulls so much that even light cannot get out. The gravity is so strong because matter has been squeezed into a tiny space." Though black holes form from dying stars, when a hole is created no light is emitted which causes it to simply look black. 

But, according  to a 2007 article by Stephen Battersby for New Scientist Magazine, a group of scientist in Ohio claim that black holes do not exist, since dying stars try to form a hole but never really get there... 

Nevertheless, regardless of your position or understanding of these matters of quantum mechanics,  if you are a Chocoholic or a lover of chocolate by any means, the black holes that I have created are ones you can believe in!

It was last summer, when a friend asked me to bake some cupcakes for dessert at her barbeque that I created my first black hole cupcake.  Being the  Sweety (the term she uses to describe her love of sweets) and Chocoholic that she is, I was commissioned to concoct a chocolate cupcake, stuffed with oreo cookie crumble and chocolate ganache. With all of the rich chocolatey goodness and the black color of oreos filling the center, what else could I have called this cupcake?

NASA reports that black holes vary in size; however, even very tiny black holes have enormous masses: a black hole the size of an atom may have the mass of a large mountain, while larger black holes can weigh more than 20 times the sun... These black hole cupcakes on the other hand, only weighs about 6 ounces!  The one thing these black hole cupcakes and real black holes have in common though,  are that they are invisible to the naked eye.  Scientists study the energy of  stars to determine the existence of a black hole, but to discover these all you need to do is take a single bite! :)

Want to make your own? Here's how:

Materials:
6 chocolate cupcakes
8 Double stuffed Oreo cookies crumbled (this will look greyish black)
8oz Rich Semi- Sweet Chocolate Ganache

Note: You will need a cupcake corer to cut out the middle. (Use an apple corer if you'er making minis)

Method:
Want to learn more about "real" black holes? Go here !


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