Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes

3 May 2013

Another week, another cake sale at work! Honestly, they could single handedly keep me baking. It's always for a good cause though. Children In Need, Comic Relief, all the big ones. But this time it was in aid of a local charity The Oliver Field Appeal.

Oliver's mum used to work at the company where I work so, in addition to the cake sale, there were loads of fundraising activities going on.. wear what you like day, a raffle, breakfast delivered to your desk, a market stall event with lots of companies selling their wares, managers getting soaked in the stocks and my personal favourite was a five minute nail file and polish!

My contribution to the cake sale was these strawberries and cream cupcakes. This was another recipe that was on my baking to-do list. I adore strawberries and they're coming into season now and are so sweet and perfect looking. The whipped cream topping was compulsory to accompany the strawberries in my opinion. But if you're not a fan you could swap it for vanilla buttercream. Whatever you choose I can guarantee they will be gorgeous!

Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes

Makes 12
Preparation time 30 minutes
Cooking time 20 minutes

80g unsalted butter, softened
280g caster sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
240g plain flour
1 tbsp baking powder
240ml whole milk

500ml double cream
12 whole strawberries

Preheat oven to 190C {375F} gas mark 5. Line a muffin tin with 12 paper cases.

In a large bowl, mix the butter and sugar with a hand held electric whisk {or a stand mixer if you're lucky enough to have one!} until it's light and fluffy. Beat the eggs in a jug with the vanilla extract and gradually add to the sugar/butter mixture. Sift in the flour and mix until fully incorporated but do not over mix.

Divide the mixture between the cases until they are about two thirds full. Pop in the oven for 18-20 minutes. A skewer inserted into the middle of the cupcake will come out clean when they are ready and when gently touched they will bounce back. Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely before icing.

Whip the cream until it forms firm peaks. Spoon or pipe the cream onto the cupcakes and top with a whole strawberry.

1 comment:

  1. these look diviiiine! what a great addition to the bake sale x


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