baking

White Chocolate Cupcakes

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Here is a recipe for white chocolate cupcakes that I have tried and resulted in delicious cupcakes. I used a cupcake recipe which includes sour cream. Sour cream results in cupcakes that are light in texture and most importantly, moist. To make this a white chocolate cupcake, I added white chocolate chips in the cupcake batter. So delicious. I added 1/2 cup of melted white chocolate in the frosting. However,  keep in mind that the white chocolate might make the frosting a bit stiff. Making sure to fold in the melted white chocolate will help. Also adding a little bit of milk to the frosting if it becomes stiff will also help.

So let’s get started!

Here are the ingredients that you will need:

3/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Butter
2 Eggs
1 3/4 Cups Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1 cup of sour cream
1 cup of white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners. I made mini cupcakes and this batch makes approximately 48 mini cupcakes.

Cream together the butter and the sugar until fluffy.
Add in the eggs and mix until well combined.
Add the vanilla and mix.
Add the flour, salt and baking powder.
Add one cup of sour cream and mix.
Fold in the white chocolate chips.
Fill each mini cupcake liner about ¾ full with batter.
Bake for 20 minutes at 325 degrees or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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To make the white chocolate frosting, you will need:

1 cup of unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 cups of powdered sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 cup of melted white chocolate chips

Beat the butter for at least one minute.
Add vanilla extract and beat for another minute.
Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, while beating.
Fold in the melted white chocolate. Add a little milk if the frosting ends up a little stiff.
Place in piping bag and pipe onto cupcakes.

A delicious and heavenly white chocolate cupcake display.

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I am happy and grateful for birthday celebrations.

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Chado Tea Room in Pasadena

My friend and I visited the Chado Tea Room in PasadenaWe have been to many tea rooms through the years. It’s one of our favorite things to do!

The Chado Tea Room in Pasadena is located at 79 N. Raymond. They are open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. We made reservations before hand, which is highly recommended as it  seems to be a popular spot and it gets very busy.

A Groupon for chocolate and tea tasting brought us in. But we were also hungry for lunch so we ordered food. They offer soups, sandwiches, salads and desserts. They also offer vegetarian choices. I chose the Punjab sandwich which consists of eggs marinated in their lapsang souchong smoked tea then combined with mayonnaise and green onions. The bread was toasted and the crusts were cut off (awwww….). It was super delicious. I also ordered a tomato basil soup, which was also vegetarian. My friend ordered the afternoon tea. It came with four half sandwiches (four different kinds), one scone with homemade cream and fresh fruit, and a dessert. It was presented on a three tier rack. And of course, it also included a pot of tea.

We were told that they have about 400 teas. The tea menu was a book. I mean, really, it was a book. I chose a chai tea called Brendan’s Chai which is an Assam Black tea blended with ginger, cinnamon, lemon grass. It was creamy, rich and delicious.

The service was great! Our waiter was very knowledgable about the teas and attentive. Before our chocolates and teas came out, our waiter brought out a strawberry display tea. A display tea is just that…a display tea… although you can drink it too. You watch your tea flower bloom while it is steeping. A wonderful 5 minute show. Tea leaves that were bunched together in a little ball were placed in a glass tea kettle with hot water. The leaves unfurl to create a flower creation.

I took pictures of the display tea unblooming in 1 minute increments.

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Then our teas and chocolates came out. We were offered three more teas in addition to the display tea. The teas are meant to be paired with the chocolates. We tried a chai tea, a green tea and a pomegranate tea. The pomegranate tea was my favorite. It really brought out the taste of the chocolate.

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They also have beautiful tea cups, tea pots and delicious tea leaves, including blooming teas in tins for sale. It’s a very relaxing environment. I suggest that if you make a visit there, that you plan two hours of your time so that you can relax and unwind. 

You can valet park, park in public parking with the first 90 minutes free or you can park at the meters. That’s what I did. 2 hours of metered parking cost a total of $2.50.

The Chado Tea Room was a great place to visit. We plan to go again. Sandwiches, chocolates and tea? Can’t go wrong with that combination.

Today I am grateful for traditions with friends and afternoon tea with my friend, Marylisa