1. The Prettiest White Chocolate Cupcakes

The Prettiest White Chocolate Cupcakes

Jessica Merchant | Dessert, Chocolate |American

Celebrate the ones you love with these adorable white chocolate cupcakes. Jessica Merchant, blogger of How Sweet Eats, tops these sweet treats with white chocolate truffles for a fun twist on classic Valentine's Day desserts.

I've never met a truffle that I didn't like. It starts with the fact that I am a chocolate-lover through and through, and ends with the truth that there is barely a dessert too rich for my sweet teeth. In fact, the richer the dessert, the better! Truffles are one of my go-to treats for that reason. They are so decadent and the perfect bite-sized indulgent. And when they include fancy flavors, I get insanely excited. I love a dark rich chocolate, but then I married someone who straight up ADORES white chocolate. My husband would choose white chocolate over milk or dark any day. And while he loves traditional desserts like chocolate chip cookies and brownies, I knew he would go crazy for a white chocolate cupcake topped with a truffle. It's like two desserts in one! The real question is do you save the truffle for last? Or enjoy it first? These truffles are absolutely perfect! Filled with the most delicious insides like chocolate, hazelnut, cherry (my favorite!) and orange, we nearly went through a box before I got to top the cupcakes with them. I recommend getting two boxes. One for the top of the white chocolate cupcakes and another to enjoy by themselves with cappuccinos. If you're looking for an out-of-the-box dessert for Valentine's day, these are so it. They are fancier than regular cupcakes and different enough from those traditional Valentine's desserts such as molten cakes or chocolate martinis. The frosting is my favorite part because it incorporates melted white chocolate. The truffle on top is just the icing on the cake or the truffle on the cake? And so ridiculously wonderful. We can't get enough!

The Prettiest White Chocolate Cupcakes

Cook Time: 20 minutes |


_For white chocolate cake 1 1/2 cups cake flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 cup granulated sugar 1 large egg + 1 egg white 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 3 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 cup whole milk 4 ounces white chocolate, chopped 1 box <a href="https://www.harryanddavid.com/h/chocolates-sweets-candy/truffles">Harry and David white chocolate truffles</a>, for topping _For white chocolate frosting 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened 4 ounces cream cheese, softened 8 ounces white chocolate, melted and slightly cooled 2 cups powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


_Instructions for cupcakes Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set it aside. Add the butter to the bowl of an electric mixer and beat it until creamy. Add the sugar and beat with the butter on high speed until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add in the egg and egg white, mixing well on medium speed until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl if needed. Add in the oil and vanilla extract, beating on medium speed for another minute. With the mixer on low speed, add in half of the dry ingredients. Pour in the milk. Add in the other half of the dry ingredients and mix them on medium speed until the batter is combined. Use a large spatula to stir in the chopped white chocolate. Fill the liners up 2/3 of the way with the batter. Bake until the tops are set and golden, about 18 to 20 minutes. _For white chocolate frosting Add the butter and cream cheese to the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on high speed until creamy and combined. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add in the melted white chocolate. Add in the sugar. Beat until the sugar is incorporated and add vanilla extract. Scrape down the sides of the bowl if needed. Beat the frosting on high speed for 2 to 3 minutes until fluffy and creamy. If the frosting seems too thick, beat in the tablespoon of milk for 1 to 2 minutes until combined. Frost the cupcakes and top with a white chocolate truffle.

Makes: Makes 12 Cupcakes