White Chocolate and Orange Zest Cupcake

Sunday would not be Sunday at our house without dessert.  So I got busy Sunday morning baking what would be our evening treat. With the weather being so nice, and the garden exhibiting all those beautiful Spring colors, I was craving something sweet and delicate in flavor. Somehow I craved a cake I used to make a long time ago called White Chocolate Butter Layer CAke with White Chocolate and Sour Cream Frosting from the International Chocolate Cookbook by Nancy Badgett.

The recipe today was inspired by this recipe.

Ingredients for 12 large cupcakes or 20 mini cupcakes: 1 1/3 cup of flour, 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, 1 2/3 tsp of baking powder, 1/4 tsp of salt, 1/3 cup of unsalted butter at room temperature, 2 tbsp of sour cream, 1/3 cup of milk, 1 egg and 1 egg white, 1 tsp of vanilla extract, 1/4 tsp of fresh orange zest, 3 oz of white chocolate chips.

In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients ( flour, sugar, baking powder, salt) and mix them well. Add the butter and 1/2 of the milk and beat well to mix. Add the orange zest and the vanilla and beat for 15 seconds. Add the sour cream and the milk and beat at a high-speed for 1 minute. DO NOT OVERBEAT!!! Melt the white chocolate in the microwave for 60 seconds and add the melted chocolate to the dough. Bake in the oven at 350 for 18-20 minutes for the large cupcakes and 13-14 for the mini cupcakes. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and let them cool.

Ingredients for the frosting: 12 oz of white chocolate, 3/4 cup of unsalted butter at room temperature( or 1 1/2 stick), 1/2 cup of sour cream, 1 tbsp of vanilla. 1 tbsp of fresh orange zest.

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, or in you are like me melt the chocolate in the micro-wave for 2 minutes. Add the butter and stir until the butter and the chocolate are becoming homogeneous. Empty this mixture into a kitchen mixer, add the sour cream and beat at high-speed for 2-3 minutes. Fill the pastry bag with the frosting and decorate the cupcakes as you wish.

To decorate sprinkle more fresh orange zest over the cupcakes and enjoy!!!

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!