These Vanilla Cupcakes with White Chocolate Ganache Frosting were such a hit with my family that I decided to make them another batch! Maybe I'll run some over to the neighbors, as I think our hearts (and tummies!) are full this Valentine's Day! Here's how I made these Vanilla Cupcakes with White Chocolate Ganache Frosting:
Cupcakes: 1 and 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons cake flour; 1 cup white sugar; 1 and 1/4 tsp. baking powder; 1/4 tsp. baking soda; 1/8 tsp. salt; 2 eggs whites; 1/4 oil; 3/4 cup whole milk; 1 carton vanilla bean yogurt; 2 tsp. vanilla extract.
White Chocolate Ganache Frosting: 1/2 pint heavy whipping cream; 2 cups white chocolate chips; 1 cup powdered sugar; 1 tsp. vanilla extract; 1-2 tsp. of milk.
Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake tin with 12 liners. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate medium size mixing bowl, combine the egg whites, oil; whole milk, yogurt, and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Using a hand mixer set on medium speed, beat the cake mix for 2 minutes. Fill each cupcake liner 2/3 full with batter. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcakes comes out clean.
White Chocolate Ganache Frosting: Heat the heavy cream in a small heavy saucepan set over a burner on medium heat. Just as it comes to a boil, remove from the burner. Place the white chocolate chips into a medium size mixing bowl. Pour the cream over the chips. Allow the mixture to set for 3 minutes, and then whisk until smooth. Set the ganache aside and allow it to cool completely. Add the powdered sugar vanilla, and milk (one tsp. at a time) to the ganache. Using a hand mixer, whip the icing until soft peaks form. If icing is too stiff, add an additional tsp. of milk, until the desired consistency is reached. Place frosting into a piping bag fitted with an open star tip. When cupcakes are completely cool, pipe a swirl of icing onto the center of each cupcakes. Makes approximately 12.