Monday, 29 May 2017

SWEETREAT'S STRAWBERRY CUPCAKES!

Blogger, baker and Chocolate Box Girls fan Sweetreats is sharing her gorgeous recipe for strawberry cupcakes... just the kind of project Summer Tanberry would love making for her sisters!

Sweetreats says:


You will need:
8 large fresh strawberries
2 free range eggs
200g caster sugar
75ml vegetable oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
200g plain flour
1 tsp grated lemon zest
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
A little red food colouring

Method:
1. Pre-heat the oven to 170c/ gas mark 3. Grease 12 holes of a cupcake tin or line with cupcake cases.

2. Place the strawberries into a blender and blend until smooth. Alternatively, you can simmer the strawberries within a pan of water until the strawberries grow soft, setting aside to cool for approx 10 mins before mushing with a fork. Pour through a sieve to remove all the seeds and set the puree aside.

3. In a large bowl, beat together the egg, caster sugar, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, lemon zest and strawberry puree until all well combined. Then stir in the flour, baking powder, salt and food colouring to reach the desired shade of pink. Ensure all is smooth and well mixed.

4. Carefully pour or spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases, filling them up to 2/3 full. (They will rise while cooking!)

5. Bake the cupcakes for 20-23 minutes until the cakes have risen and a skewer inserted into the centre of a cupcake comes out clean.

6. Allow the cupcakes to cool on a wire rack for half an hour before icing!

There are so many variations and possibilities when it comes to icing the cupcakes... plain buttercream, chocolate buttercream, regular fondant icing poured over the cakes... You can make your own or even buy ready-made! I opted to ice my cupcakes with vanilla buttercream and coloured it pink. If you like, decorate the cakes further with a little chocolate and a halved strawberry. And voilá!

Check out Sweetreat's inspiring baking blog here: www.bakingboutiquebirds.blogspot.co.uk/

Cathy says:
These look just amazing! Perfect recipe to try out at half-term... yum! Have YOU got a favourite recipe you'd like to share with DREAMCATCHER? Just email me via the EMAIL LINK on www.cathycassidy.com to be featured on the blog, or COMMENT BELOW to tell us what you think!

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