Summer 2009 Cupcake Crawl

Date luglio 13, 2009

Summer 2009 Cupcake Crawl

Good morning everyone! Today’s post is entirely dedicated to a cupcake crawl, held by Kitchen Rap. I’ve been asked to take part at this competition and, since I love cupcakes, I accept the challenge and here I am.

::::: MATCHA AND WHITE CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES :::::

Ingredients for 12 cupcakes:

  • plain flour, 200gr
  • milk, 125ml
  • white chocolate, 100gr
  • butter, 100gr
  • caster sugar, 100gr
  • eggs, 2
  • baking powder, 1 teaspoon
  • matcha tea powder, 2 teaspoons

Ingredients for the topping:

  • white chocolate, 200gr
  • cream, 100ml + 200ml
  • butter, 70gr
  • hazelnuts, 10
  • caster sugar, 2 tablespoons

For the cupcakes

Preheat the oven at 160°C.

Place butter and sugar in a bowl and beat them with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually add eggs and beat well. Sift over flour and baking powder and beat until combined.

Melt 50gr of white chocolate with milk in a bain-marie and fold in into the mixture together with 2 teaspoons of matcha tea powder and the leftover white chocolate, reduced into small chuncks.

Spoon the mixture into 12 x 1/2 cup capacity muffin tins lined with paper patty cases. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Cool on a wire racks.

For the topping

Place white chocolate, cream (only 100ml) and butter in a bowl and cook in a bain-marie: stir until melted and smooth. Remove and set aside to cool completely. Add 200ml of cream and beat with electric beaters until thick and fluffy.

Toast hazelnuts in a non-stick pan, set aside too cool and peel them with your fingers to remove the outer bitter skin. Reduce into small chuncks with a knife and place in a non-stick pan with 2 tablespoons of caster sugar and 1 tablespoon of water. Let the sugar melt and move the pan until all the hazelnuts are coated with melted sugar. Sprinkle the hazelnuts on a greased baking foil and set aside to cool.

Cupcakes, at last

Spread white chocolate fudge icing over cupcakes and top with coated hazelnuts.

This is the result: smooth velvety sweet white chocolate fudge icing, then crunchy hazelnuts to enjoy your teeth, then you lost yourself in a soft and intense matcha tea muffin, with white chocolate nuggets to surprise you.


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6 Responses to “Summer 2009 Cupcake Crawl”

  1. Elaine - The Gourmet Girl said:

    Thanks so much for your entry in Gourmet Girl Magazine.com’s Virtual Cupcake Crawl. As a white chocolate lover (and matcha, which you already know) I will be adding these to my list of must make at some point.
    I personally want to wish you good luck and don’t forget to remind your fans that voting begins July 20th.

    Elaine

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  2. Cookin' Canuck said:

    I am salivating right now and wishing that I had one of these cupcakes sitting in front of me right now.

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  3. Kitchen M said:

    Yum! Another great Matcha recipe. I would love this one.

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  4. Giulia said:

    @ Elaine: thank you for suggesting me this competition, it has been the right hint to make these cupcakes! I’ll remind my ‘fan’ to vote for me, eh eh, don’t worry!
    @ Cookin’ Canuck: I ned one of them too, now! Thnak you for visiting me!
    @ Kitchen M: and Matcha recipes are not finished! I must find something else!

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  5. La Donna said:

    I just found out about the Gourmet Girl Magazine.com’s Virtual Cupcake Crawl (where have I been)!?! You have my vote!!!! YUMMY! : )

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  6. Magic of Spice said:

    Those look truly beautiful:)

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