Once you taste this White Chocolate frosting you will never want to go back to ordinary buttercream ever again! Believe me, this is one of the finest tastes in the world. The white chocolate matches perfectly with the spicy ginger cake. I covered the Hi Hats with milk chocolate but they are equally nice covered in all white chocolate – especially for the very sweet toothed amongst us.
I’m a massive fan of anything ginger at this time of year – I’m never fully dressed without a ginger creation (parkin, gingerbread, cupcakes) at any Halloween or Bonfire event so these fit in just great.
Ginger & White Chocolate Hi Hat Cupcakes
|Prep time||20 minutes|
|Cook time||18 minutes|
|Total time||38 minutes|
|Meal type||Dessert, Snack|
|Misc||Child Friendly, Serve Cold|
|Occasion||Birthday Party, Casual Party|
- 8oz Soft Dark Brown Sugar
- 6 + 8oz Butter
- 10oz Golden Syrup
- 1lb Self Raising Flour
- 2.5 teaspoons Ground Ginger
- 1 Egg
- 1/2 pint Milk
- 8oz White Chocolate
- 7oz Icing Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 6oz Milk or White Chocolate (For Dipping)
|Preheat the oven to 160C and line 24 cupcakes tin with liners/cases|
|In a medium pan, melt 8oz of the butter and the brown sugar until the grainy feeling has gone. Do not allow to boil.|
|Add the syrup and stir through while still heating for 1 min|
|Remove from the heat and allow to cool for at least 3 minutes (I'm always too impatient to leave for longer)|
|Pour the butter/sugar mixture into a large bowl containing the flour (No need to sift beforehand) and stir through.|
|Mix the milk and egg in a job and whisk, then add gradually to the cake mix, stirring until all combined - It will be a loose mixture.|
|Divide evenly into the cupcake cases and cook for 18-20 minutes - When cooked remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.|
|Meanwhile work on the frosting/white chocolate buttercream - Mix together the remaining butter and the icing sugar until smooth.|
|Melt the white chocolate gently in a bowl over a pan of boiling water - do not allow the bottom of the bowl to touch the water|
|Add to the butter/icing sugar and add the vanilla - it will be a stiff buttercream|
|Pipe the frosting in a swirl ending in a sharp peak on top - For a true Hi Hat you are supposed to pipe right to the edge of the cake but we always feel that's just a bit too much frosting|
|Put the frosted cakes into the fridge for 10-15 to harden|
|Melt the remaining dipping chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water - White chocolate is absolutely gorgeous for this but looks more effective in Milk Chocolate|
|Briefly dip the tops of the cupcakes into the melted chocolate until the frosting is covered and replace back in the fridge|
I’ll be honest, this was one of the hardest Bake of the Week’s to do a featured post. There is so much autumn goodness out there this week. In the end, I based my decision on the bake that I’m most likely to bake first – that is Lancashire Food’s Spicy Gingerbread Loaf. I’m planning on taking it to my friend’s when we go to see her in North Yorkshire for Bonfire Night. It will be the first time I have managed to visit her at home since she moved there 15 years ago! Gingerbread and Parkin just sum up this time of year for me and I can just picture me with a big tupperware container dishing out the gingery loveliness!
A big warm welcome to new members of the Bake of the Week team who are joining us for the first time. I’ve divided the rest of this week’s bakes into sections as usual. First we have CHOCOLATE
1. Making Brownies even more divine with her Cappuccino Brownies – Bourbon & Brown Sugar
2. Making her condensed milk for her Gluten and Dairy Free Sticky Chocolate Orange Slices – The Free From Fairy
3. Kirsty from Hijacked By Twins had an exciting day out last week making Lime & Dark Chocolate Cupcakes
4. How amazing is this Room on the Broom cake from the ever talented Mummy Makes Cakes?
5. And more tasty brownies in the form of Cheesecake Cherry Brownies from Poole Mamma – Mmmm!
and yet more goodies …
6. Apparently this Champagne & Strawberry Cake was nearly a disaster – looks pretty spectacular to me! Pauline’s Baking Adventures
7. Patisserie Makes Perfect’s Pistachio & Almond Macaron Cake makes me gasp – Just perfect
8. I always forget how easy and tasty fritters are – My Little Italian Kitchen’s Apple Fritters look homely and moreish!
9. I’m learning something new every week with this baking adventure – This week we’ve been introduced to a Guernsey Gache Melee from Tales from The Kitchen Shed – I can almost taste that butterscotch sauce!
10. Baking Queen 74 has been joining in the trend to bake cakes in the slow cooker with this hearty Plum & Almond Cake
11. I didn’t realise I was quite so much of a wimp, until I was creeped out by ET Speaks From Home’s Spooky Zombie Fingers this week. Just brilliant!
Mummy Whiskers also joined in with her wonderfully creative Halloween Spiced Biscuits, which can be found here
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