Friday, January 7, 2011

Strawberry Cupcakes

strawberry cupcakes

Happy 2011 <3

I had a pretty crappy year, so I have high hopes out of this one! It always happens doesn't it, that you hit a low, and from there you've only got to rise! So here's hoping for an awesome year/decade, for me and you too!!!

My oven had been on the fritz for the past 2-3 weeks, through Christmas [I know!], and it only just got repaired. With the strawberry season in full swing, I made these gorgeous cupcakes that I've had my eye on since forever. The pinky girlishness in them has been calling out to me since oh so long!

I'm not a fan on the butter-sugar buttercream, but this swiss meringue buttercream is something I could just gobble up. It's like a rich, buttery but not overwhelmingly so, sinful ice cream! The cupcakes are perfectly moist and tender, and if you do make these, you'll love how the batter looks too :) The buttercream is actually pretty easy to make, so don't worry about it!
The cupcakes are nicely sweet, and combined with the not too sweet buttecream, are totally dreamy! Perfet for any strawberry lover, because the flavor does really shine through


Strawberry cupcakes
Adapted from Martha Stewart's Cupcakes
Yield - 34 [I got 30] 

For the cupcakes -
2 3/4 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup cake flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup [2 sticks/226 g] unsalted butter, at room temp
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
3 large eggs + 1 egg white
1 cup milk
2 cups chopped fresh strawberries [about 20], plus about 10 more for garnish

Equipment - 
2 cupcake/muffin pans

Instructions - 
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F [180 C]. Line the cupcake pans with paper liners.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and the white one at a time, mixing between each addition. Beat in the vanilla.
  4. On low speed, add the flour mixture in 3 additions, adding the milk twice in between i.e. dry, wet, dry, wet, dry, micing just until combined. Fold in the chopped strawberries by hand.
  5. Pour the batter into the cupcake pan, filling not more than 3/4 full. Bake till a skewer inserted comes out clean, and the top feels spongy firm to touch, about 25-30 minutes.
  6. Lay out on a wire rack till completely cool, and only then can you apply the icing.

For the swiss meringue buttercream - 
This makes the perfect amount for the cupcakes.

1 1/2 cups [8 oz] fresh strawberries, coarsely chopped.
4 large egg whites
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups [3 sticks / 339 g] unsalted buttter, at room temp.

Equipment - 
While I have made this with a hand mixer, it's a LOT of work, and subsequent arm pain, so having a stand mixer is highly recommended.

Instructions - 
  1. Puree strawberries in a food processor, set aside.
  2. In a large heatproof bowl, [you can use the bowl of your KA] add the egg whites and set over a pan of simmering water on medium heat.
  3. Never stop whisking the whites, and add the sugar in bit by bit. I find that adding the sugar in parts helps it melt faster and easier, alternatively, you could add it all right in the beginning. Keep it over the heat until the sugar has completely melted. You can test this by rubbing a bit of the meringue between your fingers, it should feel completely smooth, and not gritty or grainy. Once it is completely smooth, you can stop whisking, and attach the bowl back to your stand mixer.
  4. Using the whisk attachment, whisk on medium high until the mixture is fluffy and glossy, and, if you're using the same bowl, the bowl is cool to touch, about 8 minutes
  5. One thing to take care of is that the butter should be at the correct temperature. It should give slightly when you press down on it with a finger, and leave a small indent.
  6. Now reducing the speed to medium low, add the butter, a tablespoon at a time. letting each get incorporated completely before adding the next. When you're a little more than halfway done adding the butter, the buttercream might look curdled. Don't worry about that, it's supposed to happen, and just keep beating the mixture until it becomes smooth again before adding any more butter.
  7. Once you're done adding all the butter, scrape down, switch to the paddle attachment and beat for about 2 minutes to eliminate air bubbles. Add the puree and mix till incorporated. You just made Swiss meringue buttercream :)
  8. This can be left out for a day or two. After that, let the frosted cupcakes/cake/whatever you use this on sit out for about 10 minutes before you eat it, so that the butter can warm up a little bit.
  9. If you're refrigerating or freezing before using it, you must let it come down to room temperature, and preferably beat it on low for about 4-5 minutes using the paddle attachment.
Oh and the WINNER of the giveaway : It's comment #23, HanaĆ¢!!! Congratulations <3 <3


  1. You did a beautiful job on piping out that luscious frosting! These look delicious.

    Happy New Year Avanika! I hope 2011 is a great year for you. At least your oven is fixed! :-)

  2. Happy NY to you too,A! Hope this year brings you all that you want and have been longing for :)

    Beautiful girly cupcakes!Even I was in a girly mood, so updated my header to a pink theme :)

  3. oh wow , these look dreamy. wish I could lick that topping off :)

  4. Gorgeous! I'm in love with the idea of flavoring buttercream with strawberry puree and it gives it such a magical color. "Girl" cupcakes :).

  5. yah! I love Swiss Meringue Buttercream! It's too cold to buy strawberries this time of year but it's nice to know somewhere in the world other people are enjoying them! Looks yum!

  6. I love how you've used real strawberries for this! There's nothing quite the same, certainly not strawberry flavouring! :)

  7. These look wonderful! I'm jealous that you are in the middle of strawberry season, haha. I'm already sick of winter!

  8. Happy New Year!! These cupcakes are sure to bring you some good karma!

  9. With cupcakes as stunning as these Av, you can only RISE!! Sorry the year gone by was crappy...but at least it's GONE!! Hope 2011 is full of promise for you & shines right through! xo

  10. I love SMBC, too. It's one of the discoveries that turned me (completely) from disliking cupcakes. Can you believe I once did? Anyway, these look absolutely beautiful and tasty. Your swirled them just perfectly!

  11. Val - Thank you!! <3 I hope you finally get a job on the boat this year!!

    Ria - Oh totally. I loved the color! I'm off to see yours now :)

    Natalie - Oh I ate some of it plain :) It's a first for me, other than ganache I've never ever done that!!

    Irina - I know. The batter was so gorgeously colored too!

    Cakebrain - You have to make it when strawberries do arrive, you'll love it!

    Lorraine - Oh yes, nothing can beat fresh anything!

    Tracy - Ha! I'm usually jealous of you guys and your summer bounty, so it feels good, I must say :)

    Jessica - Aww thanks soo much!

    Deeba - Thank you! I sure hope so :D

    Xiaolu - I know, right! I'd made SMBC with salted butter the first time, hated it!! Now I can understand the love <3

  12. Those are beautiful cupcakes! The swiss meringue buttercream sounds so delicious, I might have to try it! YUM!

  13. Gorgeous! Those strawberries look amazing!

  14. Absolutely beautiful! I really want to try the swiss meringue buttercream now. Sounds delicious.

  15. The cupcakes are gorgeous! I'm sure they are delicious too!

  16. These look totally yumilicious! :) SU'ed!

  17. Very the way you've frosted the cupcake.


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