Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Strawberry Fields Cupcakes

These cupcakes should only be made if you have intentions to eat them at a picnik, while wearing a red gingham dress, add a little bit of sunshine, a jug of mint julep cordial, friends & a game of beach cricket.
Dont forget to serve with a smile!

Strawberry Fields Cupcakes

Moist Vanilla Cupcakes
 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract  
2 cups sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
Line cupcake pans with patty cake paper liners; set aside.
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder & salt; mix on low speed until combined. Add butter, mixing until just coated with flour.
In a large glass measuring cup, whisk together eggs, milk & vanilla.
With mixer on medium speed, add wet ingredients in 3 parts, (dont forget to scrape down sides of bowl before each addition).  Beat till ingredients are well combined but do not overbeat.
Divide batter evenly among liners, filling about 3/4 full.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely & repeat process with remaining batter.

Fresh Strawberry Buttercream Frosting
4 fresh strawberries & a few extra to decorate the tops of the cupcakes.
Rose pink food colouring.
2 cups of unsalted butter (room temperature).
5 cups of icing sugar.
3 tablespoons milk.

Finely chop the strawberries. Place the strawberries in the mixing bowl & beat untill they are a juicy fruit coulis. set aside.
Beat the butter in a seperate bowl untill smooth & creamy, for approximately 2 to 3 minutes. (This is great for toning your arms!)
Always sift the icing sugar twice before you start. This will ensure a smoother buttercream! No-one likes grainy frosting :(
Add the sifted icing sugar in three parts while blending with the electric mixer.
Add rose pink food colouring one drop at a time till desired colour is reached. (Make sure to blend the icing after each drop to assess the depth of colour)
 Once cupcakes have cooled, using the starshaped nozel slowly pipe the tops of each cupcake. If piped slowly from a 90 degree angle you should get a ruffled effect. Top with a strawberry half & voila your done!

Num Num Num! My poor household has been bombarded with batches of cupcakes of late. Too much temptation can be a bad thing... So it was great excuse to share these fruity summer cupcakes with my neighbours. Its never too late to get to know your neighbours! They will love you for it! Happy Summering (or wintering to my friends the other size of the world)

Dear Miss Pretty xx

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