"What do you give a teacher that is the best teacher in the whole world?", I asked a 10 year old. Her reply, "Cupcakes!"
"Well OK!" I said, as visions of baking cupcakes from scratch danced through my head while figuring out when I would have time to make them.
On Pinterest I saw a few cupcake recipes that looked delicious, but time consuming so I decided to start with box cake mixes. The idea...to take a cake mix and somehow end up with the flavors of white chocolate, raspberry and peppermint with a Christmasy presentation since they would be a gift for a very special teacher. The results were amazingly delicious, and the cupcakes disappeared in a flash.
1 Duncan Hines Classic White Cake Mix
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup skim milk scalded, stir in 16 pieces of white chocolate candy melts stir until melted, and let cool to room temperature
Mix all the ingredients for 2 minutes. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and follow baking instructions on package. Mine took about 19 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Allow to cool. yield about 20 cupcakes.
Cut a small hole in the top of the cupcake and spoon in Red Raspberry seedless spreadable fruit. My only regret with this recipe is not putting more fruit in the cupcake. I used about 1 teaspoon.
Peppermint Buttercream Frosting
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup butter softened, room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1-2 Tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon peppermint
Mix all ingredients until smooth. If frosting is too thin, add powdered sugar. Frost cupcakes, then sprinkle with sanding sugar and top with a peppermint candy.
The cupcakes looked especially spectacular and delicious in the red and white cupcake box.
I hope you make these for your family, or that someone special. From my home to yours, have a very blessed Christmas. Now....I'm out for delivery!