Everyone has something they don't particularly like to eat, but that doesn't give you licence to hold a grudge your entire life. How many of us snubbed green vegetables when we were kids, only to demolish broccoli by the bushel later on in life? Hell, after years of snubbing sushi, I've recently begun to find myself drawn towards it. I believe that, for every ingredient you don't like, there's a recipe out there that will make you turn your head and try it again. This brings us to our newest cupcake creation:
I've not been a fan of white chocolate - I know few people who enjoy it. Why eat the white stuff when there's perfectly good dark chocolate hanging around? When Jamieanne of The Sweetest Kitchen posted this month's Mystery Box Cupcake Challenge, I cringed a little. White Chocolate? Who in their right mind picks white chocolate as a main ingredient? Even my local taste testers piped up with a bit of displeasure. Luckily, Jamieanne gave all the bakers a little hint that really perked up my ears: Use white chocolate that is at least 30% cocoa butter. Hold on a sec. White chocolate has cocoa in it? And there's different types? Does this mean not all taste like waxy cardboard?
I dove into the world of white chocolate via the internet and picked out some specimens at our local grocer. When I had my first bite, I was astounded. This didn't taste like wax at all! It was creamy! It was sweet! You could taste cocoa butter. I finally saw the light. I had been faith healed by 30% white chocolate.
Something so light and delicate have to be balanced carefully with other flavours. Knowing that coffee tends to plays nice with chocolate, I baked up a moist espresso cake that was bold and slightly bitter. The white chocolate, too delicate for a overly-sweet confectioner sugar-based frosting, was incorporated into some heavy cream, whipped, and then piped on top of the cupcakes. The result was good. Really good. So good that we even made minis to share with the world.
- Bake It Pretty; $5 electronic gift card
- Beanilla; 3 Indian + 3 Tahitian vanilla beans and a jar of Ground Vanilla
- CT2Designs; a cupcake ring
- Miss Kitty Creations; a cupcake charm of your choice
- Sweet Cuppin Cakes; a prize pack worth $25
3/4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp ground espresso beans
1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp espresso, at room temperature
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
1) Preheat oven to 325. In a large bowl combine the flour, ground espresso beans, salt, and half the sugar. Whisk until fully combined. Set aside.
2) In a bowl with an electric mixer, combine the egg whites, espresso, lemon juice, cream of tartar, and both extracts. With your mixer on high, beat until your egg mixture is foamy (about 2 or 3 minutes). Slow add the other half of the sugar until your mixture is creamy white and fluffy, but not stiff.
3) Slowly fold the wet ingredients into the dry with a spatula or spoon until fully integrated. Fill your cupcake liners and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until your cake tester comes out clean. Cool cupcakes before frosting.
White Chocolate Whipped Cream
1 1/4 cup heavy cream
3 1/2 oz white chocolate (at least 30% cocoa butter)
1) Place very finely chopped piece of white chocolate in a wide, heat proof bowl. In a double boiler, heat up 1/4 cup of the heavy cream stirring often until very hot. Slowly pour the cream over the white chocolate, using a whisk until smooth. Place in the refrigerator, stirring occasionally, until cool.
2) After the white chocolate has cooled, pour the remainder of your heavy cream in a cooled metal bowl (you should also cool your beaters). Beat with a mixer until your beaters start leaving marks in the cream. All at once, add the white chocolate mixture and beat on high until it stands in peaks - but do not over mix. Chill, then pipe on cooled cupcakes. Top with espresso powder or a chocolate covered espresso bean if desired.
i've seen the light. and it tastes like white chocolate.