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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

A Sweet Spring Treat

Strawberry-Lime Stuffed Cupcakes 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
2 large eggs, room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
1 1/3 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
1 1/2 tablespoons finely grated lime zest
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 drop green food coloring
6 large ripe strawberries, hulled
Green sanding sugar
Fresh mint leaves or candied leaves
Equipment: 6-cup jumbo muffin tin
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Line the muffin tin with cupcake liners. Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl. In another medium bowl, beat the eggs and sugar with an electric mixer until light and foamy, about 2 minutes. While beating, gradually pour in the butter and then the vanilla. While mixing slowly, add half the dry ingredients, then add all the milk, and follow with the rest of the dry ingredients. Take care not to over mix the batter. Divide the batter evenly in the prepared tin.
Bake until a tester inserted in the center of the cakes comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cool cupcakes on a rack in the tin for 10 minutes, then remove. Cool on the rack completely.
For icing:
Mix the confectioners' sugar and lime zest in a medium bowl. Add the lime juice and mix with an electric mixer to make a firm but pourable icing. (If needed, add up to 1 teaspoon more juice, but take care if the icing is too loose it doesn't set properly.) Add food color to make a pale pastel green icing.
To assemble:
Remove cupcake from its liner. Cut and remove a strawberry (coned) shaped portion of cupcake from the top of each cupcake, leaving about 1/2 to 1-inch of cake in the bottom. Stuff each cake with a strawberry and cover with a little bit of cake. Spoon and spread icing over the top of the cupcakes. Sprinkle with green sanding sugar. Top with small mint leaves or candied leaves.


Andi said...

This sure looks good...almost too pretty to eat, but I would manage!

Loved your post and beautiful pictures of peonies!

Jill Gross-LaFaye said...

Oh my goodness..what a beautiful presentation! I am going to attempt this one..Izabelle loves to bake.
Oh and about the {lilacs}..
We had a lilac bush in our backyard growing up (in Michigan)..I used to pick fresh lilac and put it in a glass vase and set it around the house. I love, love, love the smell. Ya know..I don't think I have seen a lilac bush since then?
I am going back to visit the city (West Branch) in July..maybe the bush is still there? That would be nice!

Dawn Bibbs said...

Oh my goodness, I wouldn't even attempt to make these! They are TOO pretty and I KNOW mine wouldn't look near a gorgeous as why even try? :-)

Thanks for sharing.

Allison said...

That is beautiful! It looks amazing and so delicious. Thank you for sharing!
allie from minneaplis

RoseMary said...

You have the best recipes, Susie Q! I gain another pound everytime I visit your blog:) Hope you had a great day!

Leona said...

Those look great and yummy. I will have to try making some. Thanks for sharing.

jafabrit said...

that is a stunning looking cupcake.

Betty Jo said...

OMGosh! I'm absolutely in love! That is the prettiest cupcake and I know it will taste even better than it looks. I've got to try these before very long. Half my kitchen is packed up already, so I'll have to wait until I'm moved, but won't these be a lovely treat in our new place? Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. xoxo

Deb said...

Strawberries are in the market now ...and your recipe looks delicious!

Cassandra said...

Holy cow...that looks good~