Sunday, June 26, 2011

Strawberry Cupcakes

Finally, I've got a start on it. I've always wanted to try out a whole bunch of cupcakes, other than the vanilla and chocolate ones that I make. And every single time I wanted to, something or the other kept me from it. Then the other day, packed with some steely resolution, I decided that I had to do something about it. I had some frozen strawberries and I decided that this was the perfect start point.

These strawberry cupcakes are really lovely. I think I love the cake just by itself as well. It has some lovely flavors. The cake is a delicate pink with the strawberry puree added to the batter and just a hint of lemon which the lemon zest add to it. On the whole a good cake. The frosting is also speckled pink with the strawberry puree and has that tangy touch that you can get only by using the real fruit. If pink is your favorite color, you shouldn't miss these. For that matter, if strawberries top the list of fruits for you, you should try these. What the heck, if you like cupcakes, you should definitely whip up a batch of these. I'm glad I made these cupcakes. I know I will make them each time strawberries come around.

Here are the pink cuppies before the frosting went on.



Here's what they look like with the frosting. In hindsight, one thing I would do the next time, is use the electric whisk to whip through the frosting after refrigerating it. I'm pretty sure that would give the frosting a smoother look. No regrets though, these cupcakes turned out really well.


Strawberry Cupcakes
Recipe from: Goddess of Baking
Makes 12

For the cupcakes:
2/3 cup Whole Fresh or Frozen Strawberries, thawed (I usedfrozen)
1 1/2 cup All purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup milk at room temperature
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Zest of 1 lemon
1/2 cup Butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 egg whites
Preheat the oven to 160ÂșC. 

Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.

Puree the strawberries. (Its a good idea to puree the strawberries that you will need for the frosting at the same time)

Sieve the flour and baking powder into a bowl and keep aside.

In another bowl, mix the milk, vanilla extract, lemon zest and the strawberry puree. 


In yet another bowl, cream the butter till light and fluffy. Add the sugar and continue to beat till you get it to the light and fluffy stage.


Add the eggs and egg whites and mix until just blended.


Add half the flour mixture to the bowl, mix, then add the milk mixture and mix well. Add the remaining flour and mix till just combined. 

Pour batter into the cupcake liners. Bake for about 17-20 minutes or till done.


Let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting.




For the frosting:
1/2 cup frozen strawberries (3 tbsp strawberry puree)
1 cup unsalted butter, firm and slightly cold
A pinch of salt (I used salted butter and left out the salt)
3 cups icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract (I used a clear vanilla extract)

Cream the butter till light and fluffly.


Gradually add the icing sugar and beat till well combined.


Add the vanilla extract and strawberry puree and beat till just blended.


Use this to frost the cupcakes.


I put the container of frosting in the refrigerator and let it cool down and stiffen a little since I wanted to pipe the frosting on. After taking it out of the fridge, you will need to beat it a little to get the right consistency.




This recipe is linked to - 
Sweet Tooth Friday
Sweets for a Saturday
This Week's Cravings


Celebrate Sweets - Cakes
This event is hosted by Sonia of Dinner Recipes from Sonia's Kitchen this month and was originally started by Nivedita of Nivedita's Kitchen.


Here are some other cakes that I'm submitting for this event -

Japanese Cheesecake:


Cream Cheese Pound Cake:


Rustic Chocolate Cake:


Vanilla Cupcakes:
                                   





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4 comments:

  1. What a cute blog! It looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing! Hope to see you on my blog:)

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  2. Wwwww.... Perfect and tempting cupcakes.. looks absolutely inviting.. thanks for the recipe dear :)
    Indian Cuisine

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  3. Your most welcome Hari! I'm glad you liked it!

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