White cupcake with vanilla frosting

Christmas is just around the corner. There are so many social engagements and just not enough time to cook or rather be home. Many evenings after work is catching up with friends or to another Christmas party. I am not complaining where there is free alcohol but I do miss the kitchen and writing recipes. So you will be expecting more social and eating out posts than recipe posts.

These cupcakes were made for Bake A Difference fund-raising post. There is still time left to sign up and bake something. I wanted something white and few people I know hate cupcakes. It is definitely sweet but happy sweet :) Don’t worry too much about chucking on a few kilos. We can all hug each other and moan about it in the New Year.

white cupcakes with vanilla frosting

Ingredients:

Sponge cake base

  • 4 small eggs, separated
  • 80g of caster sugar
  • 40g of unsalted butter
  • 120g of plain flour

Vanilla white chocolate frosting

  • 130g of white chocolate, melted
  • 75g of butter, melted
  • 180g of icing sugar
  • 1/2tsp of vanilla essence
  • 2tbsp of full cream milk

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 170C. Whisk the eggs and sugar until the volume is about 3 times or about 4 – 5 mins. In the meantime, melt the butter and shift the flour 3 times
  2. Fold in half of the flour through the mixture. Add the rest of the flour and fold through gently but quickly. Fold through the melted butter and again trying not to knock too much air out
  3. Pour the mixture into the baking tin. Bake the cupcakes for about 11 – 13mins or until the skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool in the tray for 10mins and then onto a rack to cool completely
  4. In the meantime, prep the frosting. Chop and melt the white chocolate. Leave aside to cool
  5. Sift the icing sugar, add the milk, vanilla essence and melted butter. Whisk or beat until creamy smooth. It takes about 2 – 3minutes. Add the white chocolate and mix through well. Allow it to cool/thicken in the refrigerator so that it is thick enough for icing

White cupcakes with vanilla frosting

I have tweaked the original recipe. This one here is adapted from Bourke Street Bakery sponge cake recipe after receiving feedback from Billy and Anna. I should stick to the basic and learn how to crawl before I walked. I have a long way to go before I can call myself an apt baker.

If you were to bake a Christmas cupcake, what would it be?