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Make Suri Cruise's Birthday Cupcakes


PEOPLE
4/21/13


Turning 7 was extra sweet for Suri Cruise, who marked the April 18 milestone with no surprise here pretty pink cupcakes.

Mom Katie Holmes treated the birthday girl's first grade class at her Manhattan private school to 24 flourless cupcakes from Eleni's New York bakery. Topping off each of the confections: pink icing and pink nonpareils.

"Everyone loved them," a source tells PEOPLE of the surprise baked up for Tom Cruise's youngest child.

Not yet your birthday? Whip up these cupcakes anyway with the recipe below.

Eleni's Chocolate Flourless Cupcakes
20 oz. (3 cups) semi-sweet chocolate
9 oz. (2 sticks and 2 tbsp.) butter, softened
cup water
cup white sugar
1 pinch salt
2 large eggs
3 large egg whites

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Melt chocolate, and put it into a mixing bowl while warm (not hot!) fitted with paddle attachment. Add the softened butter to the melted chocolate on low speed, piece by piece until incorporated. Heat the water, sugar and salt until the sugar and salt are dissolved. Add the warm (not hot!) water mixture to the chocolate mix once the butter is incorporated.

Add eggs and egg whites to the mixture slowly on the first speed. Mix until incorporated, and then scrape down the sides of the bowl. Mix again to make sure batter is combined. Fill the cupcake cups to a inch from the top. Bake mini cupcakes at 300 degrees for 30 minutes. Bake standard cupcakes at 300 degrees for 60 minutes.

Eleni's Buttercream Frosting
9.5 oz. (2 sticks and 3 tbsp.) butter, room temperature
9.5 oz. (1 cup and 3 tbsp.) shortening, room temperature
7 cups powdered sugar
2 large egg whites
2 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix the butter and shortening with paddle in a stand mixer until smooth. Add the sugar gradually, and mix until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Combine the egg whites and vanilla, and add to the bowl on low speed. Mix until combined.