Now that December is officially underway my life is completely hectic. It seems like every weekend I have at least one hockey game to write about or sell tickets at, which leaves little time for rest. In fact next weekend I happen to have a possible four games in a matter of three days as well as my brother’s 18th birthday celebration (which I’m not baking for thank goodness!) and a CCSU women’s basketball. I’ve learned to thrive off of a hectic schedule, but it does but a strain on the time that I can spend baking and blogging.
However, despite the fact that my life happens to be consumed by hockey, I was still able to find time to bake some flavorful cupcakes when I got back from the last Sunday night’s CT Whale game.
Christmas time is filled with so many different flavors, but one of my favorites is white chocolate. I’m not a big chocolate eater, but white chocolate happens to be my favorite. Over the holidays I tend to pair it with anything and everything, from white chocolate macadamia nut cookies to white chocolate blueberry cookies. This week was no exception as I took my love for the chocolate and incorporated into cupcakes!
Sunday morning my mom and I got up and went shopping like every other weekend, but this week she happened to pick up a bag of Toll House white chocolate chips, which inspired my White Chocolate Cupcakes with white chocolate cream cheese frosting!
I was able to adapt the recipe from the Curvy Carrot.
White Chocolate Cupcakes
1 and 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
4 ounces good-quality white chocolate, chopped and melted- I used Toll House chips melted down and used about 1/3 of the bag
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk (I used whole because I had it on hand…use whatever you have)
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.
3. In another bowl and with a mixer, cream together the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
4. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
5. Add the melted white chocolate and vanilla, mixing well. Don’t melt the chocolate until right before you are going to add it to the mix to avoid it from going hard.
6. Alternately add the dry ingredients with the milk in 2-3 portions, mixing well after each addition.
7. Divide the batter evenly into the prepared cupcake pan.
8. Bake the cupcakes until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20-22 minutes or so. Let cool completely before frosting.
White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 ounces white chocolate, melted- Again I estimated with the leftover chips that I had
2 teaspoons vanilla
6 teaspoons milk
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
1. In a bowl cream the cream cheese and butter on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute.
11. Add the melted white chocolate, vanilla, and milk.
12. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the confectioners’ sugar, until you reach your desired consistency. *The more cups you add the thicker it will be. I stopped at 3 cups due to my preference.
13. Pipe as desired on completely cooled cupcakes.
Every week I bring the cupcakes I make into the Recorder newspaper office so I can get feedback from my fellow writers. Well, this cupcake definitely garnered some of the best reactions. The batter was much like the Funfetti batter I experimented with earlier in the semester, but the melted white chocolate gave it a sweetened touch. The cake itself was nice a compact, not too airy, which is a problem I notice with boxed cakes.
I’ve learned through this blog that I prefer cream cheese frostings, Buttercream is too sweet for me, but like the batter, the white chocolate gave just enough added sweetness to compliment the cake.
White chocolate is a fun flavor to enhance any plain vanilla cake and for an added festive twist try some flaked coconut to look like snow or red and white sprinkles like I did!