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White Chocolate Cupcakes with White Chocolate & Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

For the cupcakes:

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 ounces white chocolate chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk

For the white chocolate cream cheese frosting:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 ounce white chocolate melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 teaspoons heavy cream
  • 3 – 4 cups powdered sugar

For the strawberry cream cheese frosting:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cup strawberries mashed by hand or with food processor
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 – 4 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

To make the cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Line muffin pans with 18 cupcake liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a small, microwave-safe bowl, melt the chopped white chocolate by heating it in 30 second intervals in the microwave. Stir well with a fork between each interval and cook only until the chocolate is smooth when stirred.
  4. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light. Beat in eggs one at a time, followed by melted white chocolate and vanilla extract. Working in two or three additions, alternate adding in some of the milk and some of the flour mixture, ending with a final addition of flour. Mix until just incorporated and no streaks of flour remain.
  5. Divide batter evenly into prepared muffin cups. Bake at 325F for 20-23 minutes until a tester comes out clean and the tops spring back when lightly pressed with a fingertip. Cool completely before frosting.

To make the white chocolate cream cheese frosting:

  1. Using a stand mixer, combine cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add white chocolate, vanilla extract, and heavy cream and mix until combined. Add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time until it reaches desired consistency. If you want to pipe it, make sure it’s stiff enough to stand up on it’s own.

To make the strawberry cream cheese frosting:

  1. Using a stand mixer, combine cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add mashed strawberries and vanilla and mix until combined. Add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time until it reaches piping consistency.