Friday, March 20, 2009

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Matched: Strawberry Cupcakes

There have been a million and two strawberry cupcakes showing up in my reader lately. I knew I wanted to make these cupcakes to celebrate Alex matching but I didn't know which recipe I wanted to try. I decided on Dozen Flours' recipe but tweaked it a bit (I also halved it). I coated the cupcakes with Amaretto and I topped them with a white chocolate whipped cream. Strawberries + Amaretto + white chocolate = love. The end result was incredible. The cupcake is so light and the whipped cream makes it so refreshing. I'm not a big strawberry fruit fan and I couldn't keep my fingers off these cupcakes.
Strawberry Cupcakes
Source: Dozen Flours (whole recipe here)

1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste or pure vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sifted cake flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup whole milk, at room temperature
5-6 oz frozen strawberries, defrosted or fresh strawberries
1/4 cup Amaretto

Preheat oven to 350F. Line muffin tin with baking cups.

Chop the strawberries into tiny pieces and place in a bowl. Add one tablespoon of sugar and two tablespoons of Amaretto. Mix together and set aside.

In medium bowl, beat butter and the rest of the sugar with electric mixer for 3 minutes. It should be very pale yellow and and fluffy. Add one egg at a time and mix for 1 full minute on medium-low speed; be sure to scrape down the bowl a few times to ensure that everything is mixing together properly. Add vanilla and almond extract and mix again for 30 seconds.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder. Alternately add flour mixture and milk, in 3 batches, starting and ending with the flour. Be sure to mix well after each addition and scrape the bowl down every so often.

Mix in the strawberries on low speed plus the strawberry juice. Scoop batter into prepared pan and bake for 21-23 minutes. The surface of the cupcakes should spring back when touched and be just a little brown. You can also test doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the cupcake comes out with just a few pieces of cake clinging to it. Cool in the pan for about 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack.

While the cupcakes are still warm, coat them with the remaining two tablespoons of Amaretto.

Once cupcakes are cooled top with whipped cream. Serve and enjoy!

White Chocolate Whipped Cream

1 cup heavy cream
2 oz white chocolate

Finely chop the chocolate and place in a small bowl.

Heat 1/4 of the heavy cream until it comes to a boil. Pour over the white chocolate and let it sit for a minute. Then, mix until all the chocolate is melted and combined with the cream.

Place the remaining cream in medium sized bowl and beat on medium speed until it thickens, about 2-3 minutes. Add the white chocolate mixture and continue beating on medium speed until the cream holds firm peaks.

Match Cupcake.
Love the specks of red.
One of many bites.


Eliana said...

You have combined two of my favorite things here - strawberry and white chocolate. Cannot WAIT to try these!!!

Elyse said...

I've been eying that recipe at Dozen Flours for a while, so I'm super glad you made these. I love your tweaks. These look totally fabulous. A perfect celebration cupcake!

Jess said...

Congratulations on the match...those cupcakes look like the perfect way to celebrate. I love the bits of fruit peeking out.

Julia said...

I wish you could see the big smile on my face right now! I was reading your blog post with eager anticipation, hoping that your cupcakes came out okay. I am THRILLED to hear that you had success as I'm always a little apprehensive when others make a recipe that I've concocted.

I love the idea of using amaretto. I'll have to give that a try! As for the white chocolate whipped cream? That's ingenious and I plan to borrow that recipe too. :)

Mermaid Sweets said...

I have a strawberry cupcake that I love, but aways willing to try new things - LOVE the amareto flavoring!

The Food Librarian said...

Delicious!!!! What a great way to celebrate a great match! When do you move?

Irene said...

*thud* woweeeee these look good!

Teanna said...

Those are fantastic looking cupcakes! I love the addition of the amaretto!

Stephanie said...

Julia this recipe is amazing! I usually make strawberry desserts for Alex because he loves them, but I couldn't keep my hands off of these babies. I have a whole new appreciation of cupcakes now.

Big move is the end of May! Eeek!