“Most was said in our first moment, when we were so quiet. He swam through the air to me and there was nothing. No spaces. I suppose it was the first moment I was thoroughly alive because I fell too far in it to ever describe it. There was nothing to look at because I was too busy seeing, and I got to be a beginner too. Will always be now, as every moment with your child will never repeat itself with something lovely after it, like a sunset or a passage in a book. Real time with them, I think, is the only actual. Everything left over is just a weather report.” Mary-Louise Parker, Dear Mr. You
[My words, lost for now, adrift in a dense, gunmetal fog will come back. Thank, whomever, whoever or whatever for Mary-Louise Parker’s insight. Happy Mother’s Day. xo]
White Wine Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream
A lightly sweet cupcake with a tight crumb topped with a super silky chocolate buttercream
Recipe adapted from Silver Palette Cookbook and Cambridge School of Culinary Arts
Makes 24 cupcakes
2 cups sugar
4 eggs, at room temperature
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup dry white wine ( I used Pinot Grigio)
2 + 1/2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 + 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pre-heat your oven to 350F. Line two standard muffin tins with cupcake liners. Set aside.
Grab a medium bowl and sift together the flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside. Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the sugar and eggs on medium speed until incorporated, about 30 seconds. Reduce speed to low and add oil, wine, dry ingredients and vanilla. Increase speed to medium and beat until well combined, about 1-2 minutes. Pour batter into prepared muffin pans. Place 1 pan on the middle rack and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20-25 minutes. (Be sure to check at 20 minutes.) Once baked, remove cupcakes from pan and allow to cool completely on a wire rack. Proceed with baking the next pan of cupcakes.
Once cool, frost the cupcakes generously with chocolate buttercream. Enjoy!
*Cupcakes are best the day they are made. However, they still taste great the next day. Be sure to store them in an air-tight container, at room temperature.*
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled to room temperature
6 eggs, whites only, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1lb. unsalted butter, at room temperature
pinch of kosher salt
Cut the butter into tablespoon chunks and set aside. Melt your chocolate either in the microwave or stove top and set aside.
Using a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, place egg whites in bowl and beat on medium-high speed until soft peaks form. While the egg whites are beating, combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pan. Cook on high until it reaches 238F or the softball stage. Immediately, with the mixer on medium speed, add the hot sugar in slow but steady stream. Beat until the whites have cooled.
Reduce the speed to low and the add the butter, one chunk at a time, until it is completely incorporated. Increase the speed to high and beat until glossy and light. Turn the mixer off. Grab a rubber spatula and fold in the melted chocolate until smooth. Mix in a pinch of salt. Frost your cupcakes generously!
**If your buttercream breaks or looks curdled when mixing, hold a cloth ice pack or ice against the bottom of the bowl and continue to beat on medium speed. The buttercream will eventually come back together. Be patient! This happened to me and the cloth ice pack trick worked!**
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