Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tis the Season for Cupcakes!

Make a beautiful cupcake for a loved one, for a summer dinner party or just because!

Ingredients

Cupcakes

15 ounce pear halves, in syrup

1 box (18.25-oz) white cake mix

3 large eggs

Frosting

2 tablespoon(s) (unsalted) butter

2-oz ounce(s) white chocolate, chopped

2 cup(s) confection

ers' sugar

1 1/2 drop(s) (green) food coloring, optional

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350ยบF. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners. Drain pear halves; reserve syrup. In bowl with electric mixer, beat pear halves, cake mix, 1/3-cup pear syrup and eggs for 2 minutes. Divide mixture evenly among muffin cups.

2. Bake for 22 to 27 minutes, until toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Cool cupcakes 5 minutes in pan, then remove cupcakes to wire rack to cool completely.

3. To make frosting: In saucepan over medium heat, bring 1/4 cup pear syrup to a boil. Remove from heat; stir in butter and chocolate until melted. Whisk in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Stir in food coloring, if using. Frost cooled cupcakes immediately. Sprinkle with decorative toppings (sprinkles, chocolate curls) as desired.

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