This was the first time that I made this recipe, having seen it a month or so ago in Cupcake Heaven by Susannah Blake. It was fairly easy to make, but I did make some adaptations as I went along, and I'd like to share the following advice:
3. Watch the chocolate when you're melting it. White chocolate tends to burn very quickly, so keep an eye on it or you'll have one heck of a mess. Not like I learned this the hard way, or anything.
Now for the photos...
Here are all the ingredients, ready to go:
The baked cupcakes, cooling:
The cupcakes, along with M&M Brownies, all ready to go to the Valentine's Party at work on Thursday (don't you wish you were invited?):
A closer look at the deliciousness:
And the extreme close-up... check out the cutesy cupcake liner and that glistening berry:
4 tbsps. butter, at room temperature
5 tbsps. sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 tbsps. milk
1. Preheat the oven to 350F and line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.
2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale and fluffy, then beat in the eggs, a little at a time.
3. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking powder and salt together, and then fold into the butter, sugar and egg mixture.
4. Stir in the vanilla and milk.
5. Transfer the mixture into the muffin cups, distributing about 2 tbsps. per cup.
6. Bake for 10-15 minutes until risen and golden and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
7. Let cupcakes cool. If cupcakes have risen above paper liner, carefully slice off the top using a serrated knife to create a flat surface.
1/4 cup white chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup cream cheese
6 tbsps. sour cream
1 1/2 tsps. vanilla
6 tbsps. icing sugar (a.k.a. confectioner's sugar)
1. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, or in a microwave, then set aside to cool slightly.
2. Beat the cream cheese, sour cream, vanilla and icing sugar together in a separate bowl.
3. Beat in the melted chocolate.
4. Smooth the cheesecake mixture over the cupcakes, up to the rim of the paper liners.
5. Add sliced strawberry heart or whole strawberry.
6. Chill for at least 2 hours, and serve.