Thursday, March 17, 2011

White Christmas Cupcakes

I am a baker and cook a little bit on the side, but I love to bake.  I am sorry to those like to edit because I am not a writer.  If I have any spelling mistakes, then look past them and read on. Since I am a baker and not a writer, I would love to share what I bake.  My most recent recipe I have tried are a white cupcake with a white chocolate cream cheese frosting, in which cupcakes are one of my favorites to experiment with right now.  This recipe is a keeper and suggest you try making them or have someone else make them for you.

White Christmas Cupcakes
1 ¼ c. cake flour
¾ tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
¾ c. whole milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
¼ tsp. pure almond extract
6 T. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 c. sugar
3 large egg whites at room temperature
Position a rack in the middle of the oven.  Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Line 12 muffin tin cups with paper cupcake liners.
Make The Cupcakes.  Sift the cake flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl and set aside.  In a small bowl, stir the milk, vanilla, and almond extract together.
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and sugar until smoothly blended and lightened in color, about 3 minutes.  Stop the mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl as needed during mixing.  On low speed and in 3 additions (3 flour, 2 milk), add the flour mixture and milk mixture alternately, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.  Mix just until the flour is incorporated and the batter looks smooth.  Set aside.
In a clean large bowl and with clean beaters on medium speed, beat the egg whites until foamy, about 30 seconds.  Increase speed to high and continue beating until the egg whites look shiny and smooth and the movement of the beaters forms lines in the mixture; if you stop the mixer and lift up the beaters, the whites should cling to them.  Stir about one-third of the beaten egg whites into the reserved batter.  Use a rubber spatula to fold in the remaining egg whites just to blend them into the batter.
Fill each paper liner with a scant 1/3 c. of batter, to about ¼ inch below the top of the liner. Bake just until the tops feel firm and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes.  Cool the cupcakes for 10 minutes in the pan on a wire rack.  Remove the cupcakes from the pan onto a wire rack and let cool completely.

White Chocolate Frosting

3 ounces white chocolate, chopped
¼ c. ( ½ stick) unsalted butter at room temperature
4 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 ½ c. powdered sugar

Make The Frosting.  Put the white chocolate in a heatproof container or the top of a double boiler, and place it over, but not touching, a saucepan of barely simmering water (or the bottom of the double boiler).  Stir until the white chocolate is melted and smooth.  Transfer to a large bowl.  Add the butter, cream cheese, and vanilla, and using an electric mixer on low speed, beat until smooth, about 1 minute.  Add the powdered sugar, mixing until the frosting is smooth, about 1 minute.  Use a small spatula to spread about 2 T. of frosting over top of each cupcake, mounding it slightly in the center.
(Optional) Put curled or shredded white chocolate on top of cupcakes.

They look a little intimidating at first, but they are so worth it to try making them. I hope you enjoy them as much as my family and friends did.

Quote for the day:
"A lot of movies are about life, mine are like a slice of cake. "- Alfred Hitchcock

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