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White Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes

by Christa on August 2, 2011

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Does anyone else love 99 Cent stores as much as I do? There are a few that are pretty grungy that I refuse to shop in… but then there’s the Newport Beach 99 Cent store… *heaven*. Because what can be run down and gross in Newport Beach? Nothing.

I love 99 cent stores because of all the baking aisle steals! They always have honey, pure maple syrup, obscure candies, cookies and chocolate chips. Last time I went I bought two containers of THESE . I’ve bought them before at the market and they were over $4, so at 99 cents I had a mini freakout in the aisle (my fiance is always a little scared at how I get over a good deal). 

My amazing deal inspired these White Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes. And they were delicious. Just the right amount of white chocolate to bring out extra sweetness in the frosting and cake. 
Enjoy!
(hey Cupcake… nice profile!)

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White Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes
(makes 24 cupcakes)
INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

 

2 1/4 cups cake flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk

 

1/2  cup vegetable oil
4 large egg whites
3/4 cup Nestle Mini White Chocolate morsels (or other white chocolate chips)

DIRECTIONS:
1.  Mix butter and sugar together with a hand mixer, beat at medium speed for a full 3 minutes, until the butter and sugar are very light. Beat in the extract.
2.     2. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
3.     3. Whisk together the milk, oil and egg whites in a medium bowl. Alternately add the milk mixture and the flour mixture, mixing thoroughly after each addition, and ending with the flour. Stir in the white chocolate morsels. Fill the cupcake liners ½ – ¾ way full.
4.     4. Bake for 15-19 minutes, or until the cupcakes are well risen and a toothpick inserted into the cake should come out clean. Cool in pan for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Strawberry Buttercream Frosting
INGREDIENTS
2 sticks butter, 1 cup, room temperature
½  cup shortening
½ cup strawberry preserves
2  teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon of raspberry extract (optional)
6 cups powdered sugar
4 TBSP. Heavy Cream

 

DIRECTIONS:

1. Cream the butter and shortening in the bowl of an electric or stand mixer. Add extracts and strawberry preserves and combine well.


2. Add in all 6 cups of sugar, mixing thoroughly. Add 2-4 Tablespoons of heavy cream to soften the frosting.


3. Put frosting into a pastry bag fitted with a large circle tip, and pipe frosting onto the cooled cupcake. Add more white chocolate morsels to garnish.

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Kathleen August 3, 2011 at 12:34 am

Oh! My! Gosh!!! These look dangerously delicious!

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Barefeet In The Kitchen August 3, 2011 at 4:36 am

These cupcakes are adorable! I'm so glad you stopped by my blog. I like your site. I am happily following you now. (and I'm dreaming of those strawberry margaritas!)

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A Bitchin' Kitchen August 3, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Gorgeous decorating job on these cupcakes! I probably shouldn't admit this as a food blogger, but a good portion of my kitchen stuff came from the 99 cent store. Who needs an expensive spatula and whisk anyway?

– Maggie

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The Slow Roasted Italian August 3, 2011 at 10:14 pm

I love this recipe. I am quite the saver myself. My husband was amused at first, but he is finally on board. Looking for deals everywhere. Found you from Barefeet in the Kitchen. Great blog!

I am happily following you now too. : )

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khushi August 4, 2011 at 6:04 pm

I just can't take my eyes off it!! Its looking so superb….lovely presentation….glad that I have found this baking blog….following you 🙂
A Girl's Diary

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Food, Fun and Life in the Charente August 4, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Mini Baker Thanks so much for your visit and your very kind comment on my blog. Take a look at my cookery site as well, though some that are on my blog may be missing from that, I don't always remember to update!! http://www.recipe.nidi.org.uk/index.html
I don't do a lot of baking though these cup cakes look so yummy. I do make lots of bread though when there is more than just me in France. No good baking for myself I would be like a barrel with in weeks!! I will be back to see what you are up to 🙂
Hope to see you back, Take care Diane

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Katie August 5, 2011 at 5:07 am

Those are the most beautiful little cupcakes!

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Isa August 5, 2011 at 8:48 am

They look so tasty!! 🙂

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cookies and cups August 5, 2011 at 1:03 pm

These look so delicious!! Love the combo of white chocolate and strawberry!

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We Are Not Martha August 5, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I totally need to check out a 99 cent store around here for baking goods! I spend so much $$ on them 🙂 These cupcakes look awesome! I love the frosting!

Sues

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Pam August 8, 2011 at 3:51 pm

They are so darn cute!

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Sharon Graves August 9, 2011 at 9:49 pm

How talented are you? I would have just eaten all the frosting and passed out.

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grace August 13, 2011 at 8:57 am

i'm with ya on the love of those stores and this flavor combination! you've presented them beautifully!

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Von August 14, 2011 at 1:06 am

These are so cute and pretty! I almost wouldn't want to eat them 😉 They sound really delicious too! I wish we had 99 cent stores here- they sound like somewhere I'd love to shop too 😉

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eatme_delicious September 1, 2011 at 6:11 pm

These are the cutest! I LOVE how you put the white chocolate chips on the side like that.

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Tessa September 3, 2011 at 9:07 pm

I am a white chocolate girl and am loving these cupcakes. The frosting sounds divine!

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