Saturday, February 16, 2013

Khalil's vanilla white-chocolate cupcakes

As I have mentioned previously (on this blog) my son Khalil (4-years old) wants to be a chef. For valentine's day we (he and me) devised a recipe stemming from a classic vanilla cake, but added our own twist: white chocolate chips (yum)! We also made pink whipped cream frosting and added pink sprinkles too. These cupcakes turned out wonderfully tasty!! And I highly recommend you try them too.

You'll need:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
zest one large lemon (yellow skin)
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

For whipped cream frosting:
1/2 cup heavy cream 
1/3 cup confectioners sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of pink or red food coloring 
*Beat on high for several minutes until mixture thickens and becomes fluffy.

What to do? 
Preheat over to 350 degrees. Use a 12 muffin pan and butter it or use paper liners. In one bowl, beat the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time beat them and add vanilla and almond extract and mix again.

Combine dry ingredients in another bowl and mix together with a fork or whisk. Add a bit of dry mixture and milk and mix, repeat two more times (adding dry mixture and milk then mixing) until all comes together smoothly. Then add the white chocolate chips and fold gently with a spatula. Bake for 17 to 20 minutes, do not over bake or cupcakes will be dry. 
Khalil decorated his own cupcake and I must say, he did a fabulous job! 


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