Fall dessert : spiced pistachio cupcakes with white chocolate cream cheese frosting

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As much as I usually cook and bake from scratch, sometimes I do appreciate shortcuts :). This is one lovely, fast and not totally from scratch recipe, that will turn the ordinary spiced cake mix in to a gastronomical event at your place :). It’s all about this amazing and super simple white chocolate & cream cheese frosting combined with the crunch of pistachios. It’s such a great taste mix, and makes for a perfect fall dessert. So, here is what you need :

Spiced cake mix
1 1/2 cup of crushed pistachios

1 cup soft cream cheese
1/2 cup melted white chocolate chips

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Follow the instructions on the box, and in the end add pistachios. Leave some on the side for decoration. Wait for the cupcakes to cool down a bit before frosting them.

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So the white chocolate cream cheese frosting is so easy it’s funny. Using the electric mixer combine together soft cream cheese ( make sure to take it out of a refrigerator 30 minutes before you start ) and melted white chocolate chips. That’s it, no need for extra sugar or butter. This frosting will stay intact on your cupcakes after frosting, yet won’t get tough. Honestly, it’s my favourite :).

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Sprinkle with extra pistachios. I hope you’ll like them ! Actually I know you will 🙂

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Raspberries & white chocolate muffins

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It’s one of these perfect combinations, sweet, creamy and sour all at once. White chocolate and raspberries muffins, pure perfection :). I won’t lie to you that it’s healthy, but it may be considered as full of vitamin C and antioxidants, thanks to raspberries :). And I say that it’s a perfect snack on a sunny afternoon when you are playing in the park, or when you need a bit of sweetness after running errands all day :).

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder

4 eggs
2 tablespoons sour cream ( or buttermilk )
1/4 cup soft butter

1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup frozen raspberries

Mix all dry ingredients, then add eggs, sour cream and butter, mix well together.

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Add chocolate and fruits, but don’t mix too much or your batter will get all pink. Unless you wish to have pink muffins, then go ahead 🙂

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Bake around 25 minutes on 350F.

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Enjoy !

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