champagne & strawberry cupcakes
I’m ashamed so say someone asked me to put up a recipe for strawberry & champagne cupcakes months ago….. and I’ve been procrastinating.
It would seem every time I got even close to making them, I had a craving for something else. Something different.
Then, by chance, I found a whole bunch of frozen strawberries at my local grocers & finally I found the inspiration. It first took the form of a strawberry puree, you know, the one I went on & on & on about a week ago. I don’t know why but that alone made me happy. After that, well, let’s just say I made more cupcakes than we could eat.
Let’s see, the first batch didn’t rise correctly because someone (me) forgot to put in the rising agent.
The second batch, I found mauled & decapitated by a stray cat that we’ve affectionately named Ninja… she’s decided that we belong to her on a part time basis & now insists on teasing Loki, our 2 month old German Shepherd. Yea, can’t say I was pleased when I found her on the kitchen counter with pink cake stuck to her fur & claws.
…..and then finally we made it to the third batch. The rose, I managed to save them from Ninja, and Mel didn’t manage to eat them all before I could snap a shot. Not bad huh?
They were so moist. So deliciously moist. & flavorful. I think I may need to make a cake variation. Not now though.
Ingredients, cupcake: (makes 12) – 100g unsalted butter, room temp – 150g sugar – 180g gluten-free all purpose white flour blend – 2 tsp baking powder – 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda – 0.25 tsp salt – 2 eggs, room temp – 1 tbs lemon juice – 80ml strawberry puree – 160ml heavy cream
Directions, cupcake: 1. place the butter, sugar, flour, salt & baking powder in a bowl & blend with either a stand mixer or hand held mixer until it resembles a fine sand. 2. in a separate bowl, combine the eggs, lemon juice & strawberry puree & beat until mixed. Add the wet mix to the flour blend & beat until smooth & slightly lighter in colour. Lastly, fold in the heavy cream. 3. divide the mixture between 12 pre-lined cupcake wells (I used a 1/3 cup measurer to divide it evenly). 4. bake in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes @ 175°C until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before icing.
Ingredients, icing: – 125ml heavy cream – 150g mascarpone – 20ml champagne – 125g icing sugar
Directions, icing: 1. make sure all the ingredients are cold before starting. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl & beat on high speed until it thickens & holds its shape. Be careful not to overbeat otherwise the heavy cream will curdle. 2. decorate your cupcakes with the icing however you please & enjoy!
Tools/ Equipment/ Machinery/ Ingredients:
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Cake tins & Pie Plates:
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