I adore cupcakes...I think they are the cutest, sweetest, prettiest, yummiest little things around. I also enjoy making them. They are so much easier (in my opinion) to make and make to look pretty than cakes. Each one is a little masterpiece!
I'm also somewhat lazy. I like to make my cupcakes from a mix, BUT, I like to doctor up the mix!! I decided to try to make white chocolate cupcakes for Labor Day. Here's what I did.
White Chocolate Cupcakes
1 box Betty Crocker Super Moist Vanilla cake mix
6 ounces melted white chocolate chips
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
I melted my white chocolate in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between each.
Mix all the ingredients together according to the directions on the box.
Filled the cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for about 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Notice the pan on the left?? That was my Mom's, she's had it forever!
White Chocolate Frosting
2 sticks butter, room temperature
6 ounces melted white chocolate
1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste (my personal favorite!)
1 bag powdered sugar
half and half
*Beat the butter till smooth.
*Mix vanilla in with melted chocolate, add to butter. Mix well. It will clump up a little but them smooth out again.
*Add half of the powdered sugar (I put a kitchen towel around my Kitchen Aide, otherwise you're going to have a dusting of powdered sugar everywhere!)
*Mix well, scrape down bowl.
*Add the rest of the powdered sugar. It will get clumpy...start streaming in half and half until it reaches a good piping consistency.
I tried a new design based loosely on something I'd seen at a local shop. I used a Wilton 1M tip to make four round swirls with white frosting (the black specks are the vanilla bean).
I sprinkled glitter dust on the white and colored the remaining frosting with Americolor Orange Soft Gel Paste, ( I should have used a little more color like my daughter said.) and used a Bakery Crafts 3B to fill in the centers!!
These are amazing, they are light and fluffy and super tasty!!
Just a side note. I used almond milk to make the cake a little richer. We don't use regular milk, that's what I had and was pleased with the results!!
I was in no way compensated for any product mentions.