Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Vanilla Cupcakes with White Chocolate Vodka Icing

(I'm terrible at icing cupcakes)

I made these for a friend's 18th birthday and everyone who tried it loved it! The icing takes center stage in this cupcake, so the cake has to give way. But it's a trade-off worth making, because the icing is just delicious!!! A subtle trace of vodka balanced by the richness of butter and sugar...ahh, I licked every scrap of icing from the bowl - and I normally don't fancy icing.

What you will need:
(makes 7-8 cupcakes)

one and one-third cups of all-purpose flour
a quarter teaspoon of baking powder
an eighth teaspoon of baking soda
a quarter cup of salted butter, melted
half a cup of white sugar
a tablespoon of Greek yoghurt
a third of a cup of milk
two egg whites
two teaspoons of vanilla extract

an eight cup of salted butter
a cup of icing/confectioner's sugar
a quarter cup of white chocolate chips, melted
a quarter cup of vodka (I use Absolut)
half a teaspoon of vanilla extract

1. Pre-heat your oven to 176 degrees Celsius.

2. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda together and set aside.

3. Melt the butter in the microwave and transfer into a large bowl.

4. Add in the sugar and combine the mixture. It should be gritty.

5. Whisk in the yoghurt, milk and vanilla until combined.

6. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients (the flour mixture) into this large bowl until no more lumps remain. The batter will be thick- try not to over-mix!

7. In a separate small bowl, beat the egg whites until foamy.

8. Fold in the egg whites to the batter. The batter should be smooth and thick.

9. Divide the batter among your cupcake liners and bake for 20 minutes. They will not rise as much so it is safe to fill the liners up till about three-quarter way up.

You may prepare the icing while the cupcakes are baking.

Combine all ingredients together and beat until smooth. It's that easy!

Cupcakes will keep well at room temperature or in the refrigerator for about 3 days, and can be frozen for 2-3 months.

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