White Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Yesterday was Mother’s day here in Australia. I honored the memory of my mother by participating in an annual fun run which raised money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. While my mother has been gone too long for me to remember the sound of her voice, some of the strongest memories I have of her contain her baking and her cooking.

Her roast dinners with Yorkshire puddings, the thin, speckled crepe-like pancakes with golden syrup on Shrove Tuesdays and the amazing birthday cakes she made for my brother, father and I each year. Today the scent of freshly-squeezed lemon juice reminds me of something she would make in the kitchen, I just can’t remember what it was she added lemon juice to. Perhaps it was the cheesecake she made with Philadelphia cream cheese or the warm lemon pudding she baked in a large oval-shaped Pyrex dish.

 Katie in the kitchen, 1984

Today I mix my cakes with the same metal spoon she did, the one I’m holding in the photo above. I made these white chocolate cupcakes with her in mind, and shared them with the friends who ran with me yesterday. We raised over $900 for the fight against the disease that took my mother too soon.

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6 Responses to White Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

  1. Great work on the run and thank you for sharing your story.

    I LOVE the photo of you baking (or just licking the spoon) – adorable!

  2. Kylee

    Stumbled across this site on a search and thought your recipe looked pretty good…until I tried it! I’m not sure what went wrong because your instructions were pretty simple. Ten minutes into the cooking…I opened the oven because I could smell burning and all the mixture had exploded up and out of the patty tins and onto the tray and bottom of the oven…given the ingredients, it tunred into one caramel gloopy mess which was like cement when cleaning.
    Today I tried it again and the same thing happened…if you have some tips that would be great but I’m pretty much over white chocolate cupcakes…think I’ll stiuck with banana!
    Your site looks great though and the raw mixture was well received by the kids. 🙂

    • katieskitchenblog

      Hi Kylee,
      How heartbreaking the cupcakes turned into such a mess! I’ve adjusted the recipe for you – I think you’ll have much more success with less sugar. I know how disapointing it is when baking goes wrong – some things I try to bake don’t ever make it to this blog!
      ~K

  3. Tash

    Hi,
    These sounded delicious. Unfortunately mine was failure. Followed word by word but also ended up with crusty caramel mixture. Just couldn’t get it to work :/

    • katieskitchenblog

      Hi Tash,
      I will email you to see if we can work out the issue. I’ve removed the recipe until we can get it sorted.
      ~K

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