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Berry-Topped White Cupcakes

 Berry-Topped White Cupcakes
Guests just love these yummy white cupcakes that are topped with a cream cheese frosting. The strawberry-blueberry garnish makes them the perfect treat for a patriotic-themed party on Memorial Day or Fourth of July. —Judy Kenninger, Brownsburg, Indiana
22 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 5 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups cake flour
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • ICING:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Assorted berries

Directions

  • Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for
  • 30 minutes. In another bowl, cream butter and 3/4 cup sugar until
  • light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder
  • and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well
  • after each addition.
  • Beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat
  • in remaining sugar, about 2 tablespoons at a time, on high until
  • stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Fold a fourth of the
  • egg whites into batter; fold in remaining whites.

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Berry-Topped White Cupcakes (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • With a spoon, gently fill foil- or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds
  • full. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before
  • removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For icing, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until
  • smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar and lemon juice.
  • Frost cupcakes. Top with berries. Yield: 22 cupcakes.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 226 calories, 10 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 28 mg cholesterol, 207 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.