Happy 2012 – White Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

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It’s hard to say the words two-thousand twelve out loud and believe that it really is 2012. Seems like it was yesterday when I had to force myself to adjust to the switch from 19xx to 20xx. Never the less, it really is 2012 and soon enough it’ll be 2013, 14, 15 and so on. Not wanting to get ahead of myself too much, I’d like to look forward to just 2012 for now.

In 2012 …

- I’ll turn 29 years old.

- I want to take a family vacation, anywhere.

- I hope to have a little more quiet time as two of our kids will be in grade school and the third in pre-school.

- I need to stop baking and drop 20lbs.

- I will tell my husband and children how much I love them as often as possible.

Since none of the above are actual hardcore resolutions, and technically these cupcakes were baked and eaten before the stroke of midnight, it doesn’t count against my need to cut back on the baking. So here’s my little wish for a happy and healthy 2012 to all of you … and a sweet treat with my favorite flavor … white chocolate cupcakes with white chocolate frosting and white chocolate chips.

2012 White chocolate cupcakes

White Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
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Type: Dessert
Serves: 14 cupcakes
  • 1-3/4 cups flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup Ghirardelli White Chocolate Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup butter, room temperature
  • 1-1/3 cups white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces Ghirardelli White Chocolate baking bar, chopped
  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips, garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a cupcake pan with paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt and white chocolate powder. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together butter and sugar until pale and light. Add the eggs and whisk until combined. Add the milk and vanilla, whisk until combined.
  4. Gently whisk the dry ingredients into the bowl and pour the batter into the cupcake liners, ¾ of the way full.
  5. Baked 15 - 17 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  6. For the frosting, melt the white chocolate over a double boiler and set aside to cool.
  7. In a double boiler, whisk together the sugar and egg whites and heat just until hot to the touch.
  8. Using a hand mixer, beat the egg white and sugar mixture for 5 minutes until thick and white. Add the butter, white chocolate and vanilla. Whisk until smooth.
  9. Top each cupcake with the frosting and a few white chocolate chips.
Adapted from The Ghirardelli Chocolate Cookbook, page 70.


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  1. says

    Happy New Year Cat! Wishing you all the best in the new year because you deserve it! (And thanks for making me drool over the cupcakes…)

      • says

        After spending two days cleaning & organizing our basement, my husband and I took the hour drive to go pick up our boys last night. My mom greeted us with baby back ribs, coleslaw and a molten choc. cake from the crockpot with ice cream. (She is just awesome like that). Then we drove home in not so great weather. Joe and I then took each other on in electronic Battleship (I won) and we celebrated the the new year with some kissing on the couch. :) You?

        • says

          Okay you’re gonna have to hook me up with your mom’s address. I need to pay her a visit. :)

          That last part is so you. lol

          We just played a card game with Matt, watched that NYE show with Ryan Seacrest and I snuck off to my office till Jon got done listening to the gun shots. Exciting huh? lol

    • says

      I think I’m already failing. I just made a list of like 8 things I want to attempt to bake for V-Day. Oops. LOL

      • says

        Maybe you can make some substitutions in your recipes for lower calorie ingredients? I know it won’t be the same, but it’s a compromise. :)

    • says

      Thanks Henrietta … right now I’d be happy with just the 20 lbs. If I’m gonna do it I need to find a sugar substitute for my tea that I can stand the flavor of.

  2. says

    Happy New Year!! Gosh these cupcakes look delicious. Love the chocolate numbers!! – ALSO Loving the new look :)

  3. says

    I love baking so much, but it DEFINITELY ruins any dietary restrictions I place on myself. So, I’ve GOT to cut it out! Those are such perfect cupcakes for ringing in the new year, too!

  4. says

    I’m there with you on some of those! I’ll be turning 29 too, in fact I think our birthdays are only a few days apart, right? Also – you can’t stop baking, then where would I come when I wanted to drool? I love your last goal, seriously an awesome one. Happy New Year to a great friend and blogger!

  5. says

    Stop baking so much was on my list too but I don’t see that happening anytime soon…especially since I have to try your cupcake recipe! I’ll have one kid in Kindergarten and one in preschool this year so fingers crossed for more productive quiet time.

    Cheers to a wonderful 2012!

  6. Schmidty says

    Love white chocolate! This recipe is a keeper. :)

    (as for me and “2012”, I’ll be writing “2011” until May.)

  7. Kathy says

    Thanks for this recipe! My mom can’t eat regular chocolate but is fine with white chocolate. I’m always looking for new receipes!

  8. Dorothy Hubbard says

    Thanks for this great sounding recipe, I can’t wait to give it a try.