Friday, 16 April 2010

White Chocolate & Raspberry Cupcakes

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When I heard the lawnmowers in my street cutting the grass last weekend, I knew that spring had finally arrived. Time in fact, for the first installment of seasonal recipes from new bakery book Eat Me, gifted to me by my dear blogger friend, Kat.

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The book is split into seasons, so it being Spring, I chose White Chocolate and Raspberry Cupcakes from the Spring section.

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For the cakes:
140g/5oz plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
110g/4oz unsalted butter, room temperature
110g/4oz light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond essence (optional)
120ml/4 fl oz milk
110g/4 oz raspberries

For the filling:
140g/5oz good quality white chocolate
60ml/2 fl oz double cream

For the icing:
200g/7oz raspberries
6 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp water
170g/6oz unsalted butter, room temperature
340g/12oz icing sugar
raspberries or sprinkles, to decorate

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Preheat the oven to 180˚C/350˚F/Gas 4. Line a 12-hole non-stick muffin tin with paper cases.

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Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl and set aside. Beat the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract and almond essence, if using. Begin to add the flour, alternating with the milk, until all is mixed in.

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Finally, fold in the raspberries. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases so that they are three-quarters full. Bake the cakes in the centre of the preheated oven for about 20 minutes. Check with a skewer - if the cakes are cooked, the skewer should come out clean. Remove from the oven and place the cakes on a wire rack to cool.

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To make the filling, melt the chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water or place in a microwave over for 1 minute. If you use a microwave, stir the chocolate every 20 seconds so it doesn't burn. Once the chocolate has melted, stir in the cream and leave to cool slightly.

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To make the icing, put the raspberries, sugar and water into a small saucepan and gently bring to the boil. Turn the heat down and simmer for 3 or 4 minutes. Stir occasionally and take care tht it doesn't burn. Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly. Beat the cutter in a bowl and then add the icing sugar, a third at a time, beating it in well. Then mix in the raspberry 'jam' you have just made - you may not need it all. Keep any leftover jam - it's delicious spread on bread.

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Remove a section from the centre of each cake with an apple corer or a small knife, taking care not to go all the way through to the bottom. Fill the cavity with the white chocolate filling.

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Using a piping bag, add the raspberry icing in swirls, working from the outside in. Decorate with raspberries or sprinkles.

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I have to admit that I found this quite a labour intensive recipe (or perhaps that was due to my own lack of sleep from the night before). There were three parts to it, so they are by no means the most simple cupcakes to make.

Also, the other point to look out for is in the final stage of adding the raspberry 'jam' mixture to form the icing, be very careful how much of this you add. Try to pour slowly, a little at a time as I found my icing a little runny and didn't hold well.

As well as the soft icing, the raspberries within the cake mixture made the cake a little too moist. So I ended up eating mine with some of the leftover double cream as mini triffles.

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That said, these are some of the most delicious tasting cupcakes I have eaten. I would thoroughly recommend them if you have a sweet tooth like me.

56 comments:

  1. Oh thanks for the recipe, I love making cupcakes, I'm definitely going to try this out!!! Love the tulips, the color and pattern are quite unique :) Pretty!

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  2. mmm, I love cooking and cakes. Those look gorgeous, motivated me to make some of my own badboys.

    j'aime
    www.tinominosquared.blogspot.com

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  3. The cupcakes look so yummy!

    Carmen.xx.

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  4. Oh hells, those look wonderful!! Yuuuuum! You're a good little baker, you! x

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  5. This post is just beautiful!! I love cupcakes! Yeah spring is finally here. They are cutting the grass where I work right now. I love the icing recipe. It must taste delicious with the real raspberries!! I'll have to give it a whirl! have a great weekend!!!

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  6. Wow they look yummy. I am definitely going to try making these.

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  7. Oh my gosh, DROOL! These look delish!

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  8. yummmy! I love cakes> Yours cupcakes look delicious:)

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  9. I bought the book some weeks ago as I saw it on your blog. These cupcakes are really interesting, I will make them too :)

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  10. I am going to try these next week, Cant wait!

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  11. Those look amazing! I will have to try them.

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  12. these look and sound amazing! i need to try the recipe. the tulips are gorgeous too :)

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  13. This sounds fantastic. I can't wait to try it!!

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  14. as a cupcake fanatic you know i have to try this recipe. thank you for posting this recipe!

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  15. i hate you for posting this right now, im so hungry!!! and i dont have an oven :( and i love cupcakes! and white chocolate! and raspberries!

    :(

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  16. These sound delightful. Especially since I have a major sweet tooth as well :)


    http://www.pinkbloggirl.com/

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  17. I love to bake, thanks so much for sharing this, I have a massive sweet tooth that my family often criticizes, but I bet they won't be able to while eating these!

    Ripped Nylon

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  18. Aw these look incrediblely cute! How does your kitchen look so good when baking...mine looks like a flour bomb went off!!

    xxx

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  19. These look so delicious!
    The book is amazing

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  20. I am not a fan of white chocolate (I prefer dark ones) but I have to say your pictures made me lust for those white chocolate & raspberry cupcakes!
    Thanks for sharing!

    xx,
    A.

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  21. Looks yummy! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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  22. Mmm! My blog roll is full of cupcakes today! :D so pretty! x

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  23. Mmmm. These look delicious. I must give them a go.

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  24. Those look delicious! When I get home I think will have to try this out! I'm a big raspberry fan.

    Julia

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  25. Que delícia.
    Me deu água na boca (risos)
    Beijo,

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  26. aww that look so yummy and pretty at the same time!!

    xxjess

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  27. Lovely cupcakes, they look delicious!

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  28. Thanks for the recipe... the cupcakes really look yummy. And I can't help admire the pink tulips you have. So pretty! And may I add, fabulous photography too. xoxo

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  29. how lovely! i bet it was a lot of work putting such a wonderful post together...love the flowers and the cupcakes!
    xoxo alison

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  30. o wow just looking at thse cupcakes made me hungry...i wanted to some through the screen :) my mother collects cookbooks and im def. going to look for this one...thanks for sharing and great job on those cupcakes!

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  31. Gorgeous photos. I love tulips, definitely a sign that Spring is here. Your cupcakes are amazing, such a lovely colour too!

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  32. Hi P
    just popped by and what a nice surprise to see your baking from the book! I love raspberries, and these look yummy.
    Hopefully they were worth the work, as it sounds as if there were quite a few extra steps to most cupcakes. They look really pretty tho as do those tulips.
    Love n sunshine kat xxx

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  33. Wow, this looks very delicious! I also like baking, so I must try this recipe out!

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  34. Pink! =D
    Love sweet food, looks good. I'll ask my mom to make them. Thanks.

    =Berlin=

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  35. they look yummy ñ_ñ I have to make that recipe, thanks for sharing ñ_ñ

    Saludos,
    Clau!

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  36. Those sound SO darn good right now. I think I'll have to put them on the menu plan for next week. Thanks lady!

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  37. Mmm that sounds and looks soooooo good! Totally ready for spring and summer and lots of bbq's and baking:-)

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  38. Oh la laaaaaaaaa, you can bake the same cupcakes as I ate at The hummingbird bakery, Notting Hill, London!!


    BEST


    CUPCAKE


    EVER!!

    Bravo madame la cuisinière!
    Signed : Ratatouille!

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  39. Oh Yum. nom nom nom. Those cuppies look heavenly! I will need to give this recipe a try for sure. :)

    xx Love & Aloha

    **Stop by to enter my ~Une Very Stylish Fille Giveaway~**

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  40. I got this book after you presented it here and I just finished my first go at the recipes. Can't wait for them to cool down:) It smells so good right now... Yours look amazing!

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  41. These look divine!
    Like a much prettier,and probably yummier version of M&S's recent attempts at cupcakes!

    Danni
    x

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  42. Oh my, they look amazing! Craving pink cupcakes now :-)

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  43. OMG delicious! you make it look so easy I don't think I could pull these off

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  44. Oh my god, they look SO yummy!! And I love your style. So chick and girly!

    /Jeanett
    http://jeanettd.blogspot.com

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  45. awww, these are so adorable! very yummy and pretty :-)

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  46. No you didn't!! Making me want to jump through the screen & grab up those sweet cupcakes!! They look scrumptious!! Such a lovely post, my dear!! You not only dress beautifully, but you also bake beautifully!

    http://girlwhimsy.blogspot.com
    http://closetfullofgoodies.blogspot.com

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  47. They are super! Im going to try make them this afternoon!

    www.cupcakecouture.co.uk

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  48. So wierd...this morning i got up with a yearning for these cakes :D then our internet got sorted this afternoon, after having been offline for two weeks and i just sat down to read the blogs iv missed...and here is just what i need :) thankyou!! xxxxxxxx

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