July 1, 2013

Lindt White Chocolate Strawberries and Cream Frosting

A few weeks ago Lindt Chocolate asked if I wanted to try some of their new Classic Recipe Strawberries and Creme bars. Perfect! Yes! I got to work thinking about what I should make with it and decided it would make delicious frosting.  I topped each cupcake with a little piece of the chocolate bar as a garnish. I found this cute little chalkboard bunting printable from Simpleklassichome.com (see the pin here) to fancy them up for my friend's birthday. I just printed it out, cut and glued onto some baker's twine. This is way fancy for me (and only took about 10 minutes).

I made a modified version of my favorite frosting and poured in the melted chocolate bar and gave it a quick mix before piping it out on devils food cupcakes.

I also brushed the tops of the cupcakes with a little raspberry Torani strawberry syrup to reinforce the berry flavor and keep them moist. They're great for making homemade Italian sodas or fancy lemonade. The salted caramel is yummy in hot chocolate too! They are cheap and so fun at Smart at Final locally or available on Amazon of course. This isn't a necessary step but it's quick and fun for Baby Strawberry to help with and adds a little more depth of flavor.

I loved how this chocolate had little pieces of strawberries in it that made the frosting really pretty with little bits of pink mixed in. It was delicious and a fun variant from my normal frosting I use for everything.

Lindt Strawberries and Creme White Chocolate Frosting
from Anne Strawberry
{printable recipe here}

4.2 ounces (one bar) of Lindt Strawberries and Creme Chocolate
1/2 C. butter, barely softened (one stick)
6 cups of powdered sugar (more or less to achieve desired consistency, this is a baseline. I usually use most of a standard two pound bag)
1 T. meringue powder
1 t. pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream
dash of salt

Chop up the chocolate and melt in the microwave on low for about 30 seconds. Stir and repeat until smooth.

In a mixer with the whisk attachment, blend the butter until light and fluffy. Add about two cups of powdered sugar, the meringue powder, and mix until combined. Add in the vanilla, sour cream, and salt and mix. After it's all smooth and combined, mix in the melted chocolate. Mix in powdered sugar on low speed until desired consistency is reached (I like thicker frosting for decorating, especially when it's so hot!)

The meringue powder will help set the frosting after it dries so it holds its shape. It's not necessary but makes for a much better final product. You can find it in the cake decorating section at Walmart, Michael's, JoAnn, or Hobby Lobby (or on Amazon!)

Pipe out onto your favorite chocolate cupcake and enjoy. I use an oversized pastry bag and tip like this to make them cute in a hurry.

Easy Devils Food Cupcakes
from Anne Strawberry

1 cup sour cream (reduced fat is fine)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup canola oil
3 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 box Devils Food chocolate cake mix (I recommend Betty Crocker)

Preheat the oven to 350.

Combine all ingredients in stand mixer and beat for two minutes until combined. Using a medium cookie/ ice cream scoop, scoop into 24 paper-cup lined muffin tins.

Bake for about 20 minutes or until cupcakes spring back slightly when touched and a tooth pick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool on racks and frost once completely cooled.

disclosure: Lindt sent me a couple of chocolate bars but the opinions and info are my own.