Raspberry White Chocolate Buttercream Cupcakes
Ingredients (2 dozen cupcakes):
1 (18.25 ounce) package vanilla cake mix
1 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
8 ounces fresh raspberries
1 tablespoon water
3 tablespoons white sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup water
2 cups white chocolate chips
1 cup butter
5 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons milk, or as needed
- Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C).
- Grease 24 muffin cups or line with paper liners.
- Mix together vanilla cake mix, 1 cup water, vegetable oil, and eggs in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until cake mix is moist. Raise mixer speed to medium and beat until batter is smooth, 2 minutes.
- Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling them about 2/3 full.
- Bake in the preheated oven until cupcakes are very lightly browned and a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 18 to 23 minutes.
- Cool cupcakes in the pans for 5 minutes; transfer cupcakes to cooling rack to finish cooling.
- Place raspberries, 1 tablespoon water, and white sugar in a blender and pulse several times to chop raspberries; blend until pureed, about 30 seconds.
- Whisk cornstarch with 1/4 cup water until thoroughly combined; pour mixture into the raspberry mixture in the blender and blend again until smooth.
- Pour raspberry mixture into a saucepan and simmer over low heat until thickened, about 5 minutes. Let the raspberry filling cool.
- Cut a core out of each cupcake about 1 1/2 inches long and 1 inch in diameter.
- Spoon about 2 teaspoons raspberry filling into each cupcake.
- Place white chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in 30-second intervals until chips begin to melt, about 1 minute. Stir and repeat, heating chips about 10 seconds at a time, until thoroughly melted. Stir until chocolate is smooth and no more lumps remain.
- Beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed in a mixing bowl until fluffy. Beat in half the confectioners’ sugar, melted white chocolate chips, and milk until mixture is smooth and creamy.
- Slowly beat in remaining confectioners’ sugar until smooth; if frosting is too stiff, beat in more milk, 1 teaspoon at a time.
- Spread or pipe the white chocolate frosting over the cupcakes to cover the raspberry filling; drizzle or pipe any remaining raspberry filling over cupcakes. If using a piping bag and decorative tip to ice the cupcakes, make sure that the white chocolate is completely melted and there are no small chunks.