I’ve been getting some questions about what cooking or baking competitions I have coming up. While I don’t have any competitions in which I am competing in the near future (let me know if you know of any I may be interested in), I will be attending Brooklyn Wort this September! Brooklyn Wort is a bi-annual homebrew competition, featuring 30 homebrewers vying for some awesome judge’s and audience prizes. For a mere forty dollars, you get to sample all of the beers, eat a plate of food, and spend a lovely afternoon at The Bell House. So, quick, get your tickets, see me there, and, of course, vote for Harry and Matt!
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Finally, wouldn’t a recipe for white chocolate frosting cupcakes be a nice way to end this post? I thought so.
White Chocolate Frosting Cupcakes
Adapted from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking
Makes about 30 cupcakes
For the cupcakes:
2 1/2 cups cake flour
3/4 cup regular flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
9 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup vegetable shortening (such as Crisco)
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 large egg and 1 large egg yolk
1 1/2 cups ice cold water
3 large egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
For the frosting:
6 ounces white chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup flour
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 2/3 cups butter, softened but still somewhat cool, cut into pieces
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Nonpareils, sprinkles, etc.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Prepare 30 cupcake papers and foils on baking sheets.
To make the cupcakes, begin by sifting together the cake flour, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a mixer, beat the butter and shortening on medium speed until they are combined and creamy. Add the egg and beat to combine. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. With the speed on low, begin adding the flour mixture, alternating with the cold water. Scrape down the bowl and mix briefly, just until combined. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Fold this mixture into the cupcake batter. Pour the batter into the cupcake cups until each if 3/4 full. Put in the oven and bake for 15 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. When they are ready, remove the cupcakes from the oven and let them cool completely before frosting.
For the frosting, begin by melting the white chocolate. In a saucepan, whisk together the sugar and flour, and then add the milk and cream. Cook over medium heat and whisk every so often. Do this until the mixture comes to a boil, which should take about 15 to 20 minutes. Then transfer to an electric mixer, and beat on high speed until it cools. With the mixer on low speed, add the butter and mix until incorporated. Then increase the speed to medium-high and continue mixing until the frosting is fluffy. Finally, added the melted white chocolate and vanilla and mix until combined. Put the frosting in the fridge for a few minutes to chill. Once the frosting has hardened enough to handle, place it on top of the cupcakes. Add nonpareils, sprinkles, or any other decorations you wish.
Enjoy with your free ten dollars and some beer!