The last few weeks have been cupcake crazy, so this post is a look back at all the wonderful goodies that were produced!
Last weekend I made a gorgeous box of lemon meringue and strawberry purée cupcakes. They were AMAZING! They were the nicest cupcakes I’ve ever had; nice and light with a not-to-sweet icing.
Strawberry Purée Cupcakes
Based on Rachel Allen’s recipe from ‘Cake’
125 g butter, softened
200 g caster sugar
150 ml milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
300 g plain flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
For the icing
150 g fresh strawberries
1 tbsp lemon juice
175 g butter, softened
600 g icing sugar, sifted
Preheat the oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Line a 12-cup muffin tray with paper cases. I actually got 18 out of the mixture.
Cream the butter until soft in a large bowl or in an electric food mixer. Add the sugar and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy.
Whisk the eggs together in a small bowl for a few seconds just until mixed, then gradually add them to the creamed butter mixture, beating all the time.
Beat in the milk, followed by the vanilla extract, then sift in the flour, baking powder and salt and fold in gently to combine.
Divide the mixture between the muffin cases, filling each case about two-thirds full. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until well risen, lightly golden in colour and springy to the touch. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then remove from the tin and place on a wire rack to cool completely.
For the icing: Place the strawberries and lemon juice in a food processor and whiz for about a minute to purée them. Push through a sieve into a bowl, then set aside.
In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and icing sugar until combined, then gradually add the fruit purée, beating slowly.
Pipe the icing onto the cakes and decorate each cake with half a strawberry.
In mid August I made these scrumptious sparkling chocolate cupcakes for my Godson’s birthday. Find the basic sponge recipe here.
Finally, I made these gorgeous girly strawberry-in-the-middle cupcakes using Dr Oetker Easy Swirl Pink Cupcake Icing and Heart Marshmallows!
Right, I’m off to start planning cupcakes for my own birthday…. 6 days to go! Before I go, I’m bringing these goodies over to Fiesta Friday…