White Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes with Dark Rum and Vanilla

by Laura on February 9, 2011

My mom took a lot of classes when we were growing up in the 70s.  Our house was full of macramé plant hangers and wall hangings and Christmas decorations.  We had Santa and all of his eight reindeer and Rudoph.  There was cast pottery painted by numbers—smaller pieces plus a huge barn scene that hung in our family room above the mantel.  And there was a parade of decorated cakes.  My mom bought shortening by the five-gallon bucket and would practice making roses in the kitchen on a little metal flower nails.  They were beautiful but, blech, watching shortening, sugar, and dye being mixed ended my frosting eating days.  I still remember her asking me what I thought I had been eating whenever we ordered a bakery cake.  It was a seminal moment; frosting faded from magical to an adumbration, and all the rainbow-colored foods of childhood suddenly seemed too good to be true.  The rising popularity of true buttercream 20 years later didn’t help much.  I couldn’t wrap my head around eating that much whipped butter and sugar either.

This is a frosting that has even me feeling lickerish.  It brings me back to the 80s, when white chocolate was having its moment, before we sorted out that white chocolate, well, wasn’t really chocolate.  Real white chocolate is made with cocoa butter, a product of the chocolate making process, but it does not contain chocolate liquor, or ground roasted cocoa beans, which characterize chocolate. Since my Honey Girl isn’t a conventional chocolate lover, I usually try to make something fruity or white for her on Valentine’s Day.  She would love these cupcakes.  The frosting is a creamy whipped ganache which substitutes sour cream for heavy cream.  Flecked with vanilla bean and laced with a little rum, it might even restore my faith in frosting.  I wish I could mail off these cupcakes to her at college in a pink care package.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kris Jacobson February 14, 2011 at 1:02 pm

what a fun idea!

2 Sophia February 14, 2011 at 9:48 pm

I would love a college delivery…hint hint!
I love the sparklers too!

3 Laura February 16, 2011 at 7:52 am

Well, maybe I’ll have to hand deliver a batch of these in April! xo Can you fly with a dozen cupcakes on your lap?

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