Monday, September 1, 2008

Chocolate Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream Icing

At my work we are always looking for excuses to bring goodies and have "snacks" on any given day.  The other day was one of our co-workers last day so that meant we had to send her off with a good farewell; so what better way to send someone off that cupcakes!?!?!  I love cupcakes; they are so much fun and a great way to have cake in an easier version to eat.  This specific recipe was pretty easy but all I did was get a cupcake mix; which is pretty nifty because it comes with the cupcake liners and everything, and then I spiced it up a little bit.  I had quite a few things going on the night I needed to bake them so that's why I used a little help from a box mix.  They were so good but the icing it what made them; I love this icing and it will add that something special to any recipe...homemade or box.  Everyone loved the cupcakes, they went over very well and needless to say I came home empty handed.

 

Ingredients:

Cupcakes-

1 Box Duncan Hines chocolate cupcake mix ( plus ingredients listed on box)

1/2 Cup chocolate chunks

1 Small box chocolate pudding



Icing-

1 Package (6 squares) white baking chocolate

1/4 Cup whipping cream or milk

1 Cup cold, unsalted butter

1 Cup powdered sugar



Directions:

Cupcakes-

Preheat oven at 350 F.  Line muffin pan with cupcake liners.  Mix cupcakes as directed on box.  Once mixed add pudding and mix in and then stir in chocolate chunks.  Fill cupcake liners with batter and bake for time specified on cupcake mix box.   



Icing-

Microwave chocolate and whipping cream in large bowl on high until almost melted, stiring every 45 seconds.  Stir until chocolate is completely melted. 

Cool 30 minutes or until room temperature, stirring occassionally. 

Add butter gradually, beating with electric mixer on high until well blended.  Add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. 

Place in icing bag and pipe onto cupcake or spread onto cupcake/cake with a knife.





Icicng courtesy of Kraft Food

Cupcakes courtesy of a box mix and a little "spice" by Lynsey Lou

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