White Chocolate Mud Cupcakes

Earlier this week I went for a coffee and a cupcake at Vanilla Pod Cafe in Ascot.  I don’t really know why I chose the White Chocolate Mud Cupcake because I’ve never really gone for white chocolate mud cakes.  But I did and I loved every dense, slightly chewy, buttery mouthful.  I do recall I have made a white chocolate mud cake before.  Just once when I, with help from my mum, made the wedding cake for my good friends Brooke and Mark (or as two year old Tilly called them at the time ‘bookmark’).  I think it was good but I don’t recall what recipe I used as it was five years ago.

I have a need, from some place deep within, that when I taste something really good I need to go home and recreate it.  I need to know how to do it.  So I have started a quest to find a really good white chocolate mud cake recipe.  I’m not sure if this recipe is it.  It is really good but I did want the cake to be slightly heavier with chocolate.  A dense bite with less crumble.  But having said that, this recipe makes a pretty fine cupcake.  Very delicious and it really has the edge over the regular butter cupcakes.

As my foodie friend Megan pointed out to me, white chocolate mud cakes are good for birthday cakes.  They freeze well so you can make the cakes well in advance.  They aren’t crumbly like butter cakes can be and it seems to keep a lot better. I swear the texture of the cake had improved the next day and was still great on day 3. Plus the taste appeals to both children and adults alike.

I was really impressed that the recipe made exactly 12 cupcakes and the icing I made was the perfect amount.  I had no extras and no leftovers.  Plus each cupcake raised evenly and left a nice flat surface ready to ice.  No mixmaster was required as it is just a matter of melting some ingredients then stirring in the remaining ingredients.  However I did bring out the mixmaster for the icing but you could just as easily finish them with a white chocolate ganache.

I found this good guide for decorating cupcakes which I needed help with.  All my nozzles from my piping bag have disappeared except for the one I used here.  But after reading up I know I might want to track down a couple more.

white chocolate mud cupcakes

125g unsalted butter
100g white cooking chocolate, chopped
215g (1 cup) caster sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 egg, lightly whisked
115g (3/4 cup) plain flour
75g (1/2 cup) self raising flour
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

buttercream

125g unsalted butter softened
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.  Line a 12 cupcake pan with paper cases.

Over a low heat melt together the butter, chocolate, sugar and milk in a heavy based saucepan.  Transfer to a heat proof bowl and leave to cool slightly.

Use a hand whisk to mix in the egg.  Sift over the flours and whisk into the chocolate mix.  Mix through the vanilla paste.

Pour into the lined cupcake pan and bake for 30 minutes or until cooked.  Give them a few minutes to cool slightly then take them out of the pan and leave to cool completely on a rack.

Meanwhile cream the butter and icing sugar with a mixer until white and fluffy.  Mix in the vanilla paste then drizzle in just enough of the milk to make a good thick, spreadable frosting.

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6 Responses to White Chocolate Mud Cupcakes

  1. Littlemissmoi says:

    I still think that white chocolate mud was the best cake ive ever tasted. I’m glad the chocolate mud layer went at the wedding – it meant I ate the white choccy layer all by myself on our honeymoon and beyond!

    • natalie says:

      Wish I knew what recipe I made. Either it was just a brilliant cake or you were floating on a euphoric newly wed cloud and having too much champagne!

  2. megan says:

    Hi ya! This would be the foodie friend megan here…what a nice thing to be known as! I’m hunting down my recipie for you…my problem is I ‘test’ a million recipies and can never remember the one that is the best!!! Mud cake tends to get better on the 2nd and 3rd day…so it’s a perfect make ahead cake!!!

  3. megan says:

    oh….and an icing tip for the busy person. I now used a BIG piping bag which I got at a cake shop down the road from me at Seventeen Mile Rocks. I don’t use any nozzle at all and just hold the bag low on the top of the cupcake and it squeezes out in a perfect circle everytime…no tricky twisting of the fluted nozzle into the little swirl (which is also nice…but if you are in a hurry…GO THE BIG BAG NO NOZZLE). I’ll email you a photo of what I mean. I’ve been able to do hundreds of cupcakes at once like this, and they all look very ‘neat’ and uniform…which is important if you are a slightly obsessive librarian as I am.

    • natalie says:

      Brilliant tip! Would love to see a photo. I just iced 35 Valentines Day cupcakes for all the kids at childrens church and I wish I had read this first!

  4. Mmmm, I’m digging the idea of a white chocolate cupcake. These really sound tasty and that frosting is delish. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog called “Sweets for a Saturday” and I’d like to invite you to stop by and link your cakes up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/02/sweets-for-saturday-4.html

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