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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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White Chocolate Mud Cupcakes




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36 Cupcakes

36 cupcakes, half blue and half pink for a Christening. Delivered at 7:45 this morning. On my way to run 7.5km.

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Crabapple Cupcake Bakery Gone Back

Update: Maria let me know about Crabapple Cupcakes and Supplies. It looks like Crabapple Bakery is back in a different form.

It seems I’m behind the news on this one. Crabapple Cupcake Bakery in Melbourne is no more, it went into receivership late last year. I’ve read whispers of stale cupcakes and employees owed money. Shame! Their white chocolate mud cupcake is my fave cupcake recipe.

You can still buy the book.


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More Birthday Cupcakes

Happy birthday Jess, may this one be a happy one!


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Christmas Cupcakes

I have many cupcakes in need of a home in my kitchen at the moment. Anyone want a few?


Lately Katie’s Kitchen hasn’t seen any new recipes – just a few old(ish) faithfuls – banana crumb muffins, sweet potato pie and white chocolate cupcakes. Looking forward to new recipes for 2009!

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Rainbow White Chocolate Mud Cupcakes


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Koala Cupcakes

Seven poor little un-iced white chocolate mud cupcakes sitting in a container feeling unpretty. What to do? Turn them in to koalas of course! The directions are in the current issue of New Idea magazine, but the basics are grey buttercream frosting, coconut, marshmallows, black jelly beans and brown mini M&Ms.


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Cupcakes gone wrong

Update: I think the problem of the not-right cupcakes was that I was overfilling the cupcake patties. Dilemma solved!

Yes, sometimes baking goes wrong in Katie’s Kitchen. Sometimes, for reasons unknown! My mission was to make gluten-free cupcakes and regular cupcakes for my cupcake-themed 27th birthday party. In attempt one at these gluten-free vanilla cupcakes, I forgot to add the baking powder. I ended up with an un-risen mess of half-baked cupcakes.

In attempt two, all was going well, or so I thought, until I went to get them from the oven and found the cupcakes again were an un-risen mess! I knew I had added all the ingredients this time so I was baffled. I gave up on making gluten-free cupcakes, my gluten-intolerant friend Leonie would have to have store-bought gluten-free chocolate biscuits instead. 

I tried making another batch of the cupcakes, this time with self-raising wheat flour. Still no good! The cupcakes didn’t rise properly and some spilt over the edge of the pan. Off to the store I went to get fresh eggs, baking powder and self-raising flour, with three hours to go until my guests were to arrive.

No more trying to make vanilla cupcakes this time, I went straight to my trusty Crabapple Bakery Cupcake Cookbook and made white chocolate cupcakes. Success! No disasters this time, they all rose well. I didn’t halve the ingredients this time, I made the full recipe – and ended up with about 40 cupcakes.

Some of the cakes were used in a cupcake decorating contest at my birthday party, some cupcakes were eaten at my good friend Michelle’s baby shower, and some cupcakes are now iced in pink buttercream frosting, ready to be taken to my co-workers tomorrow.

The aftermath of the cupcake decorating contest at my 27th birthday party

(yes it was a cupcake-themed party)

This is Michelle’s niece stealing the Jaffas and M&Ms from the tops of the white chocolate cupcakes at the baby shower

Pink buttercream frosting on top of the white chocolate cakes for my co-workers.

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Birthday Cupcakes

White chocolate mud cupcakes with buttercream frosting.


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