Spice cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese frosting

I wanted to make some holiday inspired cupcakes for the potluck we were going to. As usual, I may have overdone it a bit… I ended up taking two kinds of cupcakes and two kinds of cookies to take with us. I took some of the Peppermint Chocolate Meringue cookies and the Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies as well as the two kinds of cupcakes.

The first cupcake I chose is the Spice cupcake that was one of my first blog posts. I made them in July last year and they reminded Hubby and I so much of Christmas just because of the scent. This time I paired it with some great white chocolate cream cheese frosting. I decorated with some holiday sprinkles.

I’m also going to submit these for Cupcake Hero. The theme is White Chocolate and submissions are due by the end of January. I did make two versions of white chocolate mocha cupcakes for last January’s Cupcake Hero as well (the theme back then was coffee). I am hoping to make at least one more submission before the deadline arrives. Be sure to check out the Cupcake Hero site for the other entries.

Spice Cupcakes -from Crazy about Cupcakes – makes 12
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup boiling water
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat over to 350F. Insert liners into a medium cupcake pan.

In a small bowl combine the molasses and boiling water. Set aside.

In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Add the egg to the creamed mixture. Beat well.

In a separate bowl combine the remaining ingredients.

Beat the flour mixture into the creamed mixture, alternating with the molasses mixture. Beat well after each addition.

Fill the cupcake liners three-quarters full. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of cupcakes comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in the pan.

White chocolate cream cheese frosting – from Baking Bites
4-oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1-oz white chocolate, melted and slightly cooled
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tsp milk or cream
2-3 cups confectioners’ sugar

In a large mixing bowl, cream together cream cheese, butter and melted white chocolate.

Beat in vanilla and milk, then add in the confectioners’ sugar gradually until the frosting reaches your desired consistency.

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5 Responses to “American Idol and Cupcake Hero collide…”

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    slush — May 21, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Hilarious Jen! And to use one of my own recipes. Pure genius. 😛

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    CB — May 21, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    So funny! My friend said the exact same thing you did… down the david on disney! GMTA! You’ll have to update us on who wins the cupcake idol (ie which david has the least cupcakes eate LOL)
    Clara

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    ~Amber~ — May 22, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    I just can not get over David A’s big cheesy grin. LOL Wonderful looking cupppy cakes.

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    Mara — May 24, 2008 at 1:29 am

    those are great!! question, how does using white wheat flour affect the cupcakes? whenever i try this with my baking it makes things so dense so i don’t bother with modifying cupcakes anymore.

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    Jen — May 24, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    The King Arthur’s white wheat flour is the only flour I use. I’ve never had a problem with it.

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