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Friday, November 8, 2013

Strawberry and Cream Cupcakes

Strawberry Cream Cupcakes
I absolutely love the orange cupcakes recipe Mel posted just over a year ago, they are so light and fluffy. I had a wee play with it and adapted it to make these cupcakes since strawberry season is starting! Mel’s Strawberry Shortcake muffins are an awesome Summer time treat too.  What are your favourite summer flavours?
Cupcakes:1 ¾ cup flour
1 cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
3 tablespoons of freeze dried strawberry powder
2 large eggs, separated and whites beaten until stiff
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup kiwifruit and strawberry juice
100g butter, softened
100g cream cheese, softened
75g butter, softened
1½ – 2 cups icing sugar
2-3 tablespoons hot water
Preheat the oven to 180°C.  Grease, or line a 12 hole muffin tray with muffin cups.
Combine butter, sugar, egg yolks, and vanilla in a mixing bowl and cream together thoroughly.
Mix flour, salt, strawberry powder and baking powder together in a separate mixing bowl.  Add dry ingredients to creamed ingredients ⅓ at a time  alternating with adding portions of the kiwifruit and strawberry juice to the creamed mixture.
Fold in beaten egg whites.  Spoon batter into cupcake holes until ½ full.
Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean.
To make the frosting, beat butter until light and fluffy. Add cream cheese and icing sugar with 2 tablespoons warm water. Add more warm water or icing sugar to soften or thicken your frosting.

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