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Midsummer Wedding Cupcakes


First Posted: 03/13/2012 3:37 pm Updated: 08/31/2012 10:48 am

Midsummer Wedding Cupcakes

Midsummer Wedding Cupcakes
Lis Parsons
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Accompanied with plenty of strawberries, these simple cupcakes can serve as both wedding cakes and seasonal wedding desserts. Decorate the cakes with the chocolate frosting a day in advance so it has time to set a little, and store in a cool place. Arrange the strawberries and flowers several hours before the wedding.

Recipe courtesy of Wedding Cupcakes by Joanna Farrow, 2012. Published by Spruce a division of Octopus Publishing.

Ingredients

  • 14 oz (400g) white chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup (150ml) milk
  • 2 1/2 cups (300g) confectioners' sugar
  • 1 quantity (24) White Chocolate Cupcakes (see recipe below), baked in white baking cups
  • 13 yards (12m) fine pink, green, or white ribbon (optional)
  • Plenty of small strawberries
  • Edible flowers, to decorate
  • FOR THE WHITE CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES:
  • 2 1/2 sticks (300g) lightly salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (200g) superfine sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 2/3 cups (325g) self-rising flour
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 7 ounces (200g) melted white chocolate, stirred in once batter has been mixed

Directions

  • FOR THE WHITE CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES Use two 12-cup muffin pans, baking those on the lower shelf of the oven for a few extra minutes if necessary. If making larger quantities, mix and bake them in separate batches. Line two 12-cup muffin pans with paper baking cups and preheat the oven to 350˚F (180˚C). Put all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat with a handheld electric mixer until smooth, creamy, and pale in color. Divide among the baking cups, filling them about two-thirds full, and bake for about 25 minutes until risen and just firm to the touch.
  • Let stand in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool.
  • TO MAKE THE CHOCOLATE FROSTING Put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl with the milk. Rest the bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water, making sure the bowl is not in contact with the water. Heat very gently, stirring occasionally until the chocolate has melted. Remove from the heat and beat in the confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Let stand until cool enough to hold its shape.
  • TO DECORATE THE CUPCAKES Place the frosting in a large nylon or plastic pastry bag fitted with a large star tip and pipe the frosting over the cupcakes. Alternatively, swirl the frosting over the cupcakes with a spatula knife. Let stand in 
a cool place to set.
  • TO FINISH Cut the ribbon, if using, into 20-inch (50-cm) lengths and tie around the cups. Arrange the strawberries on the cupcakes and decorate with edible flowers.

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