Anyone for tennis?
Everybody like surprises, right? Well maybe only the nice ones. What can be nicer and sweeter than another strawberry cupcake recipe? And this one has a hidden surprise of its own, right in the middle, which makes it all the better. What sort of surprise you ask? Well, a strawberry one of course!
This delicious white fluffy cupcake has a delicious strawberry jam centre. Top it off with lashings of thick creamy strawberry frosting and a sliced berry on top for decoration and you have yourself the perfect strawberry treat. Great for teatime on a hot summer’s day or perhaps just as an extra delicious and sweet companion for when you are watching a spot of Wimbledon. Anyone for tennis?
This recipe can be a little tricky in that you will need to pipe a filling into the centre of the cupcake. This is done using a pastry/piping bag and small tipped nozzles. You will need these tools before you can make these cupcakes. As with any bake, be sure to let any cupcakes cool to room temperature before trying to pipe any fillings into them. If you start too early you might meet with disaster as the filling will melt. If you are finding it tricky try increasing the size of your cupcakes until you get the hang of it.
So, piping bags at the ready? Here we go!
Strawberry Surprise Cupcakes
For the cupcakes:
- 1 stick of unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup of sugar (200g)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoons of salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup of milk (120ml)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour (200g)
- 1/2 cup of seedless strawberry jam, chilled (170g)
For the strawberry frosting:
- 25 diced strawberries
- 3 tablespoon(s) white sugar (35g)
- 3 ounce(s) chilled cream cheese (85g)
- 3/4 cup(s) heavy (whipping) cream (255g)
For the garnish:
- A whole strawberry for each cupcake
- Firstly, preheat oven to 350°F/180°C and line a standard twelve cake cupcake/muffin tray with liners.
- Prepare a large piping bag with a thin round nozzle (no more than 1/2″ or 1.2cm in diameter) for the filling
For the cupcakes:
- Beat the butter, sugar, baking powder and salt into a large bowl until blended. Then beat in eggs, 1 at a time, until everything is combined.
- Gently, beat in the milk and the vanilla which will make the batter appear curdled, and then beat in flour just until blended.
- Spoon the mixture into lined cups.
- Bake for 20 minutes, or until a wooden pick comes out clean.
- Allow the cupcakes to cool for 5 minutes in the pan before moving them to a wire rack and allowing them to cool completely.
- IMPORTANT – Make sure they are fully cooled to room temperature before attempting to fill them.
- Spoon jam into the piping bag and insert tip gently into top of each cupcake, about 1″ (2.5cm) deep.
- Carefully pipe in as much jam into the middle of each cupcake as possible. Look out for slight bulging especially at the top.
For the icing:
- Mix the strawberries and sugar in a large bowl with a wooden spoon and then let stand for 2 minutes.
- Beat the mixture until mashed all the fruit is well mashed together.
- Add the cream cheese and beat for 2 minutes until well blended.
- Add the heavy cream and beat until stiff peaks form. This is most easily achieved in a mixer.
- Pipe frosting on cupcakes and garnish each cupcake with a berry. For best results allow the cupcake to cool in the refrigerator before serving.
There you have it. A perfect filled strawberry cupcake. These are quick and simple to make and enjoy. The recipe can be made with a simple kitchen set up but is certainly easier if you have access to a food processor or mixer for beating the mixtures together smoothly and quickly.
If you enjoyed this recipe and you are a big fan of strawberries why not investigate some of our other recipes based around our favourite red berry such as the Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcake!
If you have tried this recipe and would like to share your experiences with either making this cupcake or simply just eating it, please let us know in the comments below!1 Love it!