Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Friday, 31st August 2012

I’m hosting a ladies night soon and I’ve been testing recipes. I’m hoping to have a trio of mini desserts for the ladies to enjoy. And I also want to prepare a couple of different cocktails. White chocolate and raspberries is one of my favourite combinations. White chocolate complements the raspberries and brings out their flavours. The pairing also works well together because white chocolate is so sweet, the tartness of the raspberries helps to cut through the sweetness. I’ve put these tasty White Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberries on the menu and I’ve decided to serve them with Chocolate Martinis.

A photo of a White Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake frosted with Swiss Meringue Buttercream and decorated with chocolate curls and gold dust.

I may be a self-professed chocoholic but I’ve never been much of a drinker and believe it or not up until the other day I had never prepared or tried a martini. And now that I have I know why I haven’t, the phrase, one martini, two martini, three martini…FLOOR immediately comes to mind but in my case I would be kissing the floor after a few sips. I might be crazy serving these chocolate martinis to the ladies but something tells me they’re going to enjoy them.

A photo of a White Chocolate Raspberry Martini with mini White Chocolate Cupcakes.

It took four batches of white chocolate cupcakes before I was happy with the texture and three before I finally gave up trying to use a combination of cake and pastry flour and all-purpose. My first batch sadly caved in the centre after pulling them out of the oven but they tasted great and the texture of the crumb (except the centre) was amazing.

A photo of five White Chocolate Cupcakes with White Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream decorated with white chocolate curls.

I blamed the outcome on the phone call I answered during the preparation. I thought for sure I had over mixed the batter. After batch number two came out of the oven I knew that wasn’t the case. Not only did the second batch of cupcakes cave in the centre but also, they immediately shrank away from the paper liners. Back to the drawing board!

A photo of three small white chocolate cakes with raspberries.

Still adamant on using the cake and pastry flour I set out to change a few of the ingredients. I decided to lower the temperature of the oven and played with the idea of switching from baking powder to a combination of baking powder and baking soda for the leavening.

A photo of White Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberries on a white dish with fresh raspberries on the side.

I don’t know about you but when I get in the kitchen I lose all track of time, I glanced at the clock and I couldn’t believe my eyes, 1:30 in the morning. Normally I would fold up my apron and try again in the morning but Liana was heading to a dinner party the next day and she’d asked if she could bring the cupcakes for dessert.

A photo of a White Chocolate Martini garnished with grated white chocolate on the rim.

Of course I said yes but at 1:30 in the morning I must say I was regretting that decision just a little bit (maybe a lot!). Knowing I had a crazy morning I had no choice but to continue baking. Well batch number three didn’t go any better than one or two.

A photo of White Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes frosted with White Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream.

Finally, I decided to make the switch to all-purpose. And when batch number four came out perfect I must stay I felt like kicking myself. Anyone who knows me will tell you one of my worst qualities is that I’m stubborn, when I get something in my head changing my mind is near impossible. The little voice in my head won’t allow me to give up. Don’t you just hate that inner voice?

A photo of Mini White Chocolate Cupcakes displayed on a gold cake stand.

The real kicker happened in the morning. After an hour or two of sleep I got up and proceeded to make the frosting. Liana came down and said, “Mom are you still making cupcakes?” My reply, “Well of course I am Liana, I have a bunch of appointments today and I need to decorate the cupcakes so they’ll be ready for your dinner party this evening.” Liana, “Mom I told you last night I had to cancel on dinner because they scheduled me to work last minute.” Me, “What…you’ve got to be joking!” Can you believe it?

A photo of a Chocolate Raspberry Martini displayed with bottle of liqueur used in the cocktail.

The best part about trying to perfect the recipe, taste testing. The cupcakes are moist and light and the combination of sweet and tart is fantastic. I’ll warn you, they are addicting, and I couldn’t keep my hands off the mini cupcakes, two-bite yum. The cupcakes without the frosting remind me of these Cherry and Almond Tea Cakes.

A photo of standard and mini White Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes displayed on a gold and white cloth napkin.

I frosted the cupcakes with Swiss Meringue Buttercream flavoured with a hint of white chocolate and vanilla. And to dress them up a bit for Ladies Night I decorated them with white chocolate curls and a sprinkling of gold dust. I think they will be a hit with the ladies especially served with the Chocolate Martinis.

A photo of White Chocolate Cupcakes displayed on a dark wooden board with Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur.

Happy Weekend!

A photo of White Chocolate and Raspberry Cupcakes displayed in a row and frosted with Swiss Meringue Buttercream.

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Comments (17)

17 Responses to “White Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes and White Chocolate Raspberry Martini”

  1. tammy tyssen Says:

    Looks so good. Make for me and I will pay for them!!

  2. Grace Says:

    Tammy if you were in my area you could come and pick up a batch, I am going to have to send my daughter on a run handing out cupcakes.

  3. Vera Zecevic - Cupcakes Garden Says:

    Hello Grace! Just perfect recipes with beautiful images! Great job as usual. I would really like to showcase these cupcakes on my Cupcake Recipes & Ideas Blog if you agree. Best regards

  4. Grace Says:

    Absolutely Vera, thank you!

  5. SimplyBakes Says:

    AMAZING! I really admire your determination and strength to keep baking all night long! I tend to bake through the night too but it is a very bad idea because i would get lazy and leave all the dirty dishes unattended:( By the way, GREAT CUPCAKES.

  6. Grace Says:

    Lim I think that’s the worst part about baking! I wish I could get my daughter in the kitchen like you baking, I would do all of her dishes. It appears we share the same passion, MasterChef.

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  8. Jeanette Says:

    Love the story Grace – so typical of kids – plans always change last minute. We as mothers aim to please. Hopefully they will appreciate all our efforts one day when they have children. Hope you are well. Your cupcakes are stunning as usual!

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  10. lyly Says:

    Hi Grace, your cupcakes look so good. I love white chocolate.

  11. poonam Says:

    Great post with new idea of designing cupcakes!The appearance of chocolate curls looks amazing… with frosting on top looks absolutely creamy!

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  13. emily Says:

    Hi, great cupcakes! just wondering which nozzle you used for the white chocolate cupcakes!? it looks great

  14. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Thanks Emily, I used the Wilton 1M Swirl Tip.

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    This is just amazing! All of them :)
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  16. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Hi Lyuba, thank you so much for thinking of me, I don’t mind at all!

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