White Chocolate Christmas Tree Cupcakes
By Terri Truscello from Love and Confections.
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 6 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup hot water
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
- 4 eggs, separated
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
- 1 cup milk + 2 teaspoons lemon juice, prepared ahead
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3-4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2-3 tablespoons milk
- green royal icing
- sugar ice cream cones
- Heat oven to 350F. Prepare muffin tins with baking cups and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- Melt chocolate according to package directions, either in microwave or double boiler. Once melted, whisk in hot water to thin chocolate.
- In large bowl, or bowl of your stand mixer, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add in egg yolks one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Mix in vanilla bean paste and white chocolate.
- Add flour and homemade buttermilk alternating, beginning and ending with the flour.
- In separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Slowly add into cupcake batter, folding 1/3 in at at time.
- Using a cookie scoop, portion batter into prepared muffin tin and bake for 22-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in tin for 10 minutes, then remove to wire rack to cool completely.
- To make frosting, cream butter until light and airy. Add powdered sugar slowly one cup at a time, alternating with milk, scraping down the sides between additions. Mix in vanilla extract then whip until light and airy. pipe onto cupcakes.
- You can either pre-pipe the ice cream cones, or place the sugar cone onto the cupcake and pipe directly onto it after assembled. Using a small star tip, pipe green royal icing around cones to resemble a tree. Dust with powdered sugar or luster dust.