A decadent macadamia flavored cupcake topped with a silky white chocolate frosting. The perfect sweet treat for your Valentine’s Day celebration.
Before I got married, I wasn’t a “Valentine’s Day,” kind of guy. I usually stuck with the standard tropes. Red roses, boxes of candy, and a piece of jewelry were the staples of my repertoire. However, after a few years of being with Kim, that wore out pretty quick. We had to find another way to show how much we adore each other. I suggested we start making something each year to exchange on Cupid’s favorite day.
Given the fact I am comfortable in the kitchen, I always prepared a meal for Kim. She seemed to love the idea of making food as a show of affection. This year, Kim searched around and on a website called Food and Wine, she discovered an amazing frosting recipe. Kim decided to pair that with a macadamia flavored cupcake. She’s always been good at decorating cakes and pastries; but, if you are like me and have trouble making your cupcakes shine check out Creativiu for some helpful online cake decorating courses.
The macadamia cupcakes with white chocolate frosting Kim made were phenomenal! The cake texture was spot-on, and the frosting tasted like smooth and creamy white chocolate. Needless to say, these cupcakes did not last long. Kim will have to make more for me. These macadamia cupcakes with white chocolate frosting were a Valentine’s Day gift I loved and cannot wait for her make it again.
The first step is to preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. While the oven heats, line a muffin pan with cupcake liners and lightly spray each liner with cooking spray. Afterward, place the butter in the bowl of stand mixer and mix it on medium speed until the butter is light and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Once the butter is ready, add the sugar and mix for an additional 2-3 minutes. Next, incorporate the eggs, one at a time, while mixing on low speed just until combined. Then place the sour cream in the same bowl with butter, sugar, eggs, and mix to combine.
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. After that, add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in thirds. Then mix on low speed each time after adding the dry ingredients. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed and be sure not to over-mix the batter. After all the wet and dry ingredients are combined, add the macadamia extract. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop the batter into the individual cupcake liners. Bake the cupcakes for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with small crumbs. Last, place the cupcakes on a cooling rack to cool and allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.
White Chocolate Frosting:
First, melt the chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat stirring constantly. Melting the chocolate can also be done in the microwave on half power stirring every 15 seconds. After the chocolate melts, remove it from the heat. Place the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Then add the chocolate and mix and additional minute. Next, pour in the sugar and vanilla. Beat the mixture on low speed until the everything is incorporated and then switch to medium speed for 1-2 minutes. Ensure there are no lumps. Lastly, use a spoon, knife, or cupcake decorator to frost the cupcakes. Store the cupcakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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