Saturday, February 23, 2008

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with White Chocolate or Rose Frosting

Cuppys with White Chocolate Mascarpone Frosting

Cuppy with Rose Frosting

I have been really excited to make these cupcakes. As you might have noticed, I have a thing for vanilla beans and cupcakes lately. Since my vanilla bean frosting turned out so well, I wanted to try a vanilla bean cupcake! My friend CB shared this recipe with me. You can find it at Leite's Culinaria. I followed the recipe as-is (other than halving the frosting recipe), so I won't repost it here. I'm not a huge white chocolate fan, so I wanted to try another type of frosting as well. I've been really curious about rosewater as a flavoring lately, and I thought it might go well with a vanilla-flavored cupcake. It is definitely different, but I like the originality of it.

Rose Frosting
3 oz cream cheese
2 1/2 C confectioner's sugar
1 T milk
1 t rosewater

Here's me slicing open my vanilla bean, preparing to scrape out the seeds.

Holy crap...look how much batter is left after filling my cupcake tray! It says it makes 12 cupcakes....I ended up with 32!!!

Look how nice and poofy they got this time! :)

Getting ready to chop the chocolate.

Chocolate milk in a bowl...I was supposed to let this chill for at least 4 hours, but seriously, who has that kind of time when cupcakes are on the line? I let it chill for 2...It worked fine. I don't know if the flavor would have changed or not.

Overall, these cupcakes were delicious. I was really not that impressed by the vanilla bean flavor though, unfortunately. They really just kind of taste like white cake. They are really moist and tasty though, so I can't complain! They are good with the rose frosting - it is subtle, but definitely is the highlight of these cuppys. For the white chocolate frosting, while I didn't care for the flavor so much on it's own, when I piled it on top of the cupcake, was heavenly! So light and fluffy and airy. I don't like the fact that the cupcakes need to be stored in the fridge because of the milk content in the frosting, but hey, I'm not going to complain. :)

The boys loved these cupcakes, so all in all, they were a success!


CB said...

I totally wanna make this cuppie soon. I LOVE white chocolate! question...? where do you get rosewater? haha. Now who's the teacher? Great job!

Alanna said...

I got it at Henry's. I think you can also get it at Whole Foods, and supposedly Beverages and More. I read that you can find it at most health food stores. :)

BBKiddo said...

Those look great! I would be very interested to try the rosewater frosting. I have no idea what that would taste like.

April said...

Rosewater?! Wowza. Getting exotic in our cooking are we? :)
I just have to say, no way can these be as good as the Vanilla Nut Martini cupcakes. OMG. Best cupps ever. :)

Alanna said...

BB - Yeah, it's pretty crazy - it tastes just like a rose smells!

April - M and I are with you...good, but definitely not as good as the Vanilla Nut Martini!!!!

Megan said...

Your cuppys look great. How did the frosting taste? Rose water always reminds me of perfume and scares me off.

Alanna said...

It kind of scared me too, but since the frosting is so sweet and cream-cheesey, it was really good. It just had that hint of rose, since you smell it as you take a bite, but the flavor itself is just really sweet and mild.

CB said...

Your cupcake has been chosen for ATC’s Weekly Cupcake Collection! Click the link to see more. Looking forward to your next cupcake creation!

Alanna said...

Wow, what an honor! Thank you, CB!!!!

Nikki57 said...

omg Alanna please do not hold the vanilla bean in your hand while your slice it. I don't want to you lose your fingers

Alanna said...

Would it be better if I held it in my teeth? Like a seductive lover with a rose in his teeth? I shall try this next time....