Caramelised White Chocolate Cupcakes with Roasted Strawberry Buttercream

Caramelised White Chocolate and Strawberry Cupcakes recipe | via

I admit, the thought of putting white chocolate in the oven to roast sounds insane. But it’s an insane stroke of genius because it completely transforms white chocolate into something wonderful.

Gone is the cloying sweetness usually associated with white chocolate, and in it’s place is the most delicious caramel flavour. Think buttery dulce de leche. And if you think you don’t like white chocolate, as I did, this stuff will change your mind.

The key is to use good quality white chocolate made with cocoa butter, not vegetable fat. Read the ingredients in your white chocolate to see which it uses. The higher the cocoa butter percentage the better as you will have a smoother result. I used Cadbury’s White Chocolate Melts which contains 29% cocoa butter.

When roasting the chocolate make sure to stir it frequently. The chocolate will go through several stages – melted, firm, and a deeply golden oozy caramel. If the chocolate looks like it’s seizing up, don’t fret. Give the mixture a stir and it will be ok. Be patient and you will be rewarded. Just try not to eat it all while it’s cooling!

For the frosting I went with a roasted strawberry Italian Meringue Buttercream. The roasted strawberry frosting works beautifully with the caramelised white chocolate, and the result, according to my husband at least, is that these Caramelised White Chocolate and Strawberry Cupcakes are the best cupcakes I’ve ever made.

So tell me, have you ever tried caramelised white chocolate?

Caramelised White Chocolate Cupcakes with Roasted Strawberry Buttercream | via

Caramelised White Chocolate Cupcakes with Roasted Strawberry Buttercream | via

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Caramelised White Chocolate & Strawberry Cupcakes
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Serves: 12
  • 200g (7 oz) white chocolate
  • 80g (5 ½ tbs) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 120g (⅔ cups) brown sugar
  • 90g (2/3 cups) plain (all purpose) flour, sifted
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 200g (7 oz) strawberries, hulled
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 180g (¾ cup plus 1 tbs) caster sugar
  • 2 tsp of golden syrup
  • 60ml (¼ cup) water
  • 3 egg whites, room temperature
  • 200g (7 oz) of unsalted butter, at room temperature, and cut into cubes
  1. Begin by roasting the chocolate. Preheat the oven to 120 celsius (250 Fahrenheit) and add the chocolate into a small baking dish and place in the oven for 60 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until a deep caramel colour. While the chocolate is roasting place strawberries in a small baking dish and toss with the 2 tsp sugar. Roast for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the strawberries have collapsed and are surrounded by a puddle of their delicious red juice. Set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees celsius (340 Fahrenheit).
  3. Place the cooled but still melted white chocolate in a bowl and add the melted butter and stir until smooth and combined.
  4. In a the bowl of an electric mixer whisk together the eggs and brown sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Add the chocolate and butter mixture and whisk until well combined. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt into a separate bowl and add one third of the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture and mix until well combined. Follow with half the buttermilk and mix until combined. Add another third of the flour mixture, mixing until combined, before adding the remaining buttermilk and flour. When the mixture is thoroughly combined fill a 12 cup cupcake pan with paper liners and divide the mixture between the cupcake liners. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes of until the cupcakes spring back when pressed. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.
  5. To make the Italian buttercream place the sugar, golden syrup and water in a saucepan and mix until well combined. Use a pastry brush to dislodge any stray grains of sugar before placing over a high heat. Bring to a rapid boil and add a sugar thermometer. Cook until the mixture reaches 120 celsius (248 Fahrenheit) and remove from the heat. Place the egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer and whisk to soft peaks. With the mixer running, slowly pour the sugar syrup into the bowl, being careful not to touch the whisk, and continue whisking until the mixture cools, around 10 minutes.
  6. Add the butter, one third at a time, and whip until fully incorporated. Switch the mixer to high and whip until fluffy. If the mixture turns soupy and runny and doesn't become thicker simply refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour and whisk again.
  7. Puree the roasted strawberries in a food processor and add to the frosting and whip until combined. Fill a piping bag fitted with a star shaped nozzle with the Italian meringue buttercream and pipe onto the top of each cupcake in whatever pattern you desire.
It’s important the Italian meringue cools down enough before you begin adding the butter. The bowl of the mixer should be cool to touch. I like to set a timer for 10 to 15 minutes while whisking the egg whites and once the time is up and the bowl is cool I begin adding the butter. Add the butter to soon and the frosting could melt and turn the meringue into a soupy mess. If that happens don’t stress. Simply refrigerate the mixture in the mixing bowl for an hour and begin whipping again before adding the remaining butter and flavouring.


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  1. Sarah | The Sugar Hit August 5, 2013  2:10 pm Reply

    I adore caramelised white chocolate, I bet these are wonderful! Perfect for the lush winter strawberries we're getting at the moment.

    • Jennifer August 5, 2013  5:23 pm Reply

      I'm really loving the winter strawberries at the moment. They are so fantastic aren't they? :)

  2. daisy August 5, 2013  2:55 pm Reply

    Jennifer, I love you blog. The photos and recipes are fabulous. These cupcakes sound wonderful. What a great combination - white chocolate, strawberries and that buttercream!


  3. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef August 5, 2013  3:07 pm Reply

    Never heard of roasting chocolate. I always assumed it would seize and be fit for the rubbish. These look gorgeous!

    • Jennifer August 5, 2013  5:22 pm Reply

      I thought that too Maureen, but it's fantastic roasted! I'm more than a little obsessed :)

  4. Rosa August 5, 2013  4:14 pm Reply

    Heavenly cupcakes! Those falvors are so wonderful.



  5. Laura (Tutti Dolci) August 5, 2013  4:29 pm Reply

    I've never tried caramelized white chocolate but I've heard wonderful things and now I must. Beautiful cupcakes!

  6. thelittleloaf August 5, 2013  10:24 pm Reply

    Isn't caramelized white chocolate incredible? I love the combination with strawberries delicious.

    • Jennifer August 6, 2013  10:08 am Reply

      It is. I've been wanting to try it ever since seeing your caramelised white chocolate ice cream on your blog. I just wish it didn't take me this long! :)

  7. Claire @ Claire K Creations August 6, 2013  10:49 am Reply

    I am a sucker for anything with strawberries at the moment. Oh how I love them. These are gorgeous!

  8. Dina August 6, 2013  11:09 am Reply

    oh these sound good!

  9. Amanda August 11, 2013  2:39 pm Reply

    Oh my goodness - I must have these, and soon! I've heard about caramelizing white chocolate, but never tried it - I'll be fixing that quite soon!

    • Jennifer August 11, 2013  5:52 pm Reply

      It is so fantastic Amanda. I'm sure you will love it. The only downside is that it does need a bit of patience. I plan to caramelise a large batch tomorrow for more caramelised white chocolate baking experiments. :)

  10. Amanda August 11, 2013  8:40 pm Reply

    So - once it's caramelized, how long will it keep?

    • Jennifer August 12, 2013  12:11 pm Reply

      I'm not exactly sure yet. Once the chocolate cools completely it re-hardens so I would think it would keep for a while.

  11. Holly March 6, 2014  12:00 pm Reply

    I'm about to start making this recipe.. but sadly it' smaking very little sense to me. 1/4 of a teaspoon of baking soda doesn't seem like enough, but I'm going to go with it anyway. But 1 2/3 cups of plain flour vs. 120g of plain flour is absolutely not the same thing. Which measurement did you use for this recipe? S:

    • Jennifer March 6, 2014  1:09 pm Reply

      I checked my note and the 1/4 tsp of baking soda is correct, however it looks like I made a mistake with the quantity of flour when I posted the recipe. It should be 90g of flour not 120g (I think I read the sugar quantity when writing the instructions for the flour). I've corrected the recipe. Thanks for picking this up. I hope you enjoy the cupcakes! :)

  12. Holly March 6, 2014  1:41 pm Reply

    So I made it with the 120 g - and then some extra since i was worried about how liquid the batter was- but they taste pretty great with my quick taste test! (although did take a while longer than 15 minutes to cook)


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