Wednesday, August 5, 2009

White chocolate cupcakes with strawberry frosting

White chocolate cupcakes with strawberry frosting / Cupcakes de chocolate branco com cobertura de morango

I might have a decision-making disability. :S

I’ve been thinking of getting a new haircut for months, but can’t decide which one I like best – the horror, the horror. Sometimes I feel like going really short; other times I wonder how it would look long (haven’t worn my hair long in 8-9 years).

Same thing happens in the kitchen: I want to bake a new recipe, but can’t pick one out of the tons I have bookmarked. Luckily this time the strawberries in my fridge worked as a source of inspiration - these are the fluffiest cupcakes I have ever made/eaten.

Oh, I’m accepting suggestions on the hair dilemma. :D

White chocolate cupcakes with strawberry frosting / Cupcakes de chocolate branco com cobertura de morango

White chocolate cupcakes with strawberry frosting
adapted from Australian Gourmet Traveller

½ cup + 1 tablespoon (127g) soft unsalted butter
½ cup (100g) caster sugar
3 eggs
80g white chocolate, melted and slightly cooled
¾ cup + 1 tablespoon (115g) all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

Strawberry frosting*:
½ cup + 1 tablespoon (127g) soft unsalted butter
½ cup (70g) icing sugar, sifted
75g strawberries, hulled, puréed and strained

Start by making the cupcakes: preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF.

Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each – the mixture will look curdled, but don’t worry – carry on. Add white chocolate and stir to combine. Sift flour and baking powder over cake batter and fold in until combined. Line two 6-hole (1/3 cup-capacity) muffin pans with 8 paper cases, then divide mixture among cases and bake for 20 minutes or until cakes spring back when lightly pressed. Cool completely before icing.

For strawberry frosting, 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 frosting over cupcakes and serve.

Cupcakes will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

* I’ve halved the frosting recipe here since it was enough to ice all the cupcakes

Makes 8 – I got 9 (using 1/3 cup capacity muffin pans); some of the batter almost spilled over, I should have filled the pans a little less

18 comments:

lisa (dandysugar) said...

I think you made a great decision with this cupcake recipe! Delicious white chocolate and strawberry is a fantastic pair!

Maybe said...

You took the right decision for the cupcakes and I'm sure you'll do the same with your hair (even if I personnaly prefer long hair for women). I bookmarked this recipe because I'm gonna make a "frosting testing" next week :o)

Snooky doodle said...

white chocolate and strawberries are really good! these look fabulous!

Abby said...

That frosting is beautiful! It's so dainty. I love it.

Jennifer said...

Oh yum! I love this combo!

Since you were able to decide that..next up...hair!! ;)

Anonymous said...

I love your website!

KJ said...

It looks like you hit the jackpot with these cupcakes.

I have the same problem with my hair. Toss a coin maybe?

Julia @ Mélanger said...

Patrica, I completely feel your pain. Both with your hair AND recipes. With my hair, I go from dark, dark brown to light, ash blonde because I want a change and not sure what colour I like better. Typically there's a red/auburn period in between as the colour is taken up and down. Oh and recipes? I have spreadsheets outlining all the ones I want to try. And then when I go to start something, I have to read through EVERYTHING to make a decision. I like to think it's good planning. But can be sooooooo frustrating. But good decision on these cupcakes. :) Very delicious looking!!

fried blue said...

Hi Patricia,
These look beautiful. White chocolate + Strawberry sounds too perfect. If I may, I'm bookmarking this recipe. As for the hair, trialing a new style is always fun. :)

mimi said...

strawberry frosting looks so good!! ugh, and i hear you on the hair, especially since i don't have a good stylist yet. i've always had short, funky hair but decided to grow it long last year. then i started working in a new office and one of the women here has an awesome short hair cut, and now i've been tempted. sigh. that didn't help you at all, did it?!!

mimi said...

just remember, hair always grows back out :-)

Katie said...

Looks Great! and I agree with Mimi - it always grows back so just go for it!!!

Kirby! said...

Strawberry cupcakes are perfect for summer! So cute and fruity. And as far as haircuts go, I have always dreamed of getting a pixie cut. I'm too much of a chicken to actually do it, but I think they're so cute!

Sara @ Our Best Bites said...

I have such a long list of recipes to try too. These look amazing!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Lisa, thank you, darling!

Maybe, let me know how the frosting turns out? I'd love to hear your opinion.

Natalie, they are great together, I agree!
Thank you!

Abby, thank you!

Jennifer, you are right. :)

Anonymous, let me know your name next time! :d

KJ, maybe a coin would be a good solution. :D
Thank you!

Julia, I'm glad to know I'm in such great company, darling! :D
I used to change my hair color a lot too, but it was kind of damaging so I have stopped dying it. For now... :D
And I hear you on the spreadsheets - I have several. :D

Fried Blue, thank you! Let me know how they turn out.

Mimi, it does grow back, you are right - thank you! :D
Oh, and I love short, funky hair. :D

Katie, thank you!

Kirby!, like Mia Farrow in "Rosemary's baby"? So cute! But I'm not brave enough either. :D

Sara, thank you!

Peabody said...

Holy yum! These look awesome. I love the addition of the white chocolate with the strawberry.

Manggy said...

Hmm, I wonder if these cupcakes are a sign you should take a leap of faith ;) I'm glad they worked out fine!

eatme_delicious said...

White chocolate cupcakes! Yumm I always want to try or make things when they have white chocolate incorporated into the batter.

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