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WHITE CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES WITH STRAWBERRY FROSTING
My neighbor just had a sweet baby girl and my friend's son just turned 3 so it was the perfect day to make cupcakes, for everyone!
I absolutely love the cake in this recipe. The frosting was ok but I think it misses something when you don't add the cream. Next time I will probably use my traditional buttercream frosting (recipe follows).
I piped the frosting on using a plastic bag (corner cut off) and dipped strawberries in dark chocolate, then drizzled white chocolate on once dry. The batter filled 6 large cups in the picture shown or it would fill a 12 capacity regular muffin tin. I use a large Pampered Chef Scoop when filling regular muffin tins.
White Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting
Adapted from Gourmet Traveller
125 gm (8.82 tablespoons) soft unsalted butter
110 gm (1/2 cup) sugar
80 gm (6 chocolate squares, 6 ounces) white chocolate, melted
110 gm (3/4 cup) all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
250 gm (about 18 tablespoons) soft unsalted butter
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
150 gm (about 7 medium) strawberries, puréed and strained
Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add eggs one at a time, beating well after each, then add the melted white chocolate
and stir to combine. Sift flour and baking powder over cake batter and fold in until combined. Line muffin tins with 12 paper cases, then divide mixture among cases and bake at 150F/180C for 20 minutes or until cakes spring back when lightly pressed.
For strawberry frosting, puree the strawberries,
Using an electric mixer, beat butter until pale and fluffy, add icing sugar and beat until soft peaks form, then add strawberry purée and beat until combined. Spread or pipe frosting over cupcakes and serve. Cupcakes will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
If you want to try a more traditional buttercream frosting recipe, this is one I use often.
Traditional Buttercream Recipe
Adapted from Magnolia Bakery
Makes enough for 12 cupcakes
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3-4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
Place the butter in a large mixing bowl. Add 2 cups of the sugar and then the milk and vanilla. On the medium speed of an electric mixer, beat until smooth and creamy, about 3-5 minutes.
Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition (about 2 minutes), until the icing is thick enough to be of a good spreading consistency. You may not need to add all of the sugar.