Strawberry and White Chocolate Cupcakes

Happy New Year everyone. I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and a fun filled New Year. I still can't believe it's 2011. Time flies so fast.

Strawberries are really sweet at the moment, they are smaller in size but each punnet of strawberries that I have bought have been so sweet and juicy. What better way for me to do my first post on these delicious cupcakes. I found this recipe from www.taste.com.au, I tweaked it a little based on what ingredients I had at home.



These cupcakes are not only easy to make but really delicious too. They addition of almond meal gives it texture and keeps the cupcakes moist.




Strawberry and White Chocolate Cupcakes
(adapted from www.taste.com.au)

Ingredients

125g butter, at room temperature
155g (3/4 cup) caster sugar
2 eggs
150g (1 cup) self-raising flour
90g white chocolate, melted
80g (2/3 cup) almond meal
185ml (3/4 cup) skim milk
1 x 250g punnet strawberries, washed, hulled
300g (2 cups) icing sugar mixture, sifted
2-4 teaspoons milk

1. Preheat oven to 180C. Line twelve 80ml (1/3-cup) capacity muffin pans.

2. Use an electric beater to beat the butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Gently fold the flour into the egg mixture. Fold in the chocolate, hazelnut meal and buttermilk until smooth.

3. Divide among the prepared pans and smooth the surfaces. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centres comes out clean. Set aside in the pans for 5 minutes to cool before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely.

4. Roughly chop 4 strawberries and place in a medium bowl. Use a fork to crush them slightly. Stir in the icing sugar. Gradually add milk until the icing is spreadable.

5. Spread icing over the cakes. Halve remaining strawberries arrange on top of each cupcake.



When making the icing, I would suggest leaving the strawberries coarsely crushed. It will break down the sweetness of the icing and the specks of crushed strawberries look great on top of the cupcakes.


I cant end this post without encouraging everyone to donate to the QLD Flood Relief. This has really affected me because its so close to home. I feel for the thousands of people that have lost everything. I don't go a day without thinking of all the people that have lost their lives and all those helpless animals that have struggled to survive. 

Every dollar counts. So please dig deep and donate.

Sheena (January 17, 2011)  

I like the sound of these cupcakes, strawberries and white chocolate would make such a lovely combination. The photos are all so beautiful!
Seeing the news coverage of the floods is heartbreaking, there's so much damage - every dollar really does count.

Trisha (January 17, 2011)  

I just remembered... I still owe you and your kuya cupcakes! Gaaaahhh I'm so sorry! Btw these cupcakes are fabulous! And a fitting ending to the post for a great cause. :)

OohLookBel (January 17, 2011)  

Those cupcakes are so pretty, and I love your cakestand, too. Agree on the strawberries lately, small and sweet, just as they ought to be.

Helen (Grab Your Fork) (January 18, 2011)  

Happy New Year and what gorgeous cupcakes to celebrate. On a more sober note, the floods have been devastating to watch. I think that all Australians are thinking of those in need.

eatmarvin (January 18, 2011)  

Nice Cupcakes! I'd probably eat 20 of them in one go. :)
I know how lucky we are that it's not us affected by the floods. I'm sure they'll get back on their feet, but it's never easy and I'll always be thinking about them.

Angie Lives to Eat (and Cook)! (January 18, 2011)  

Happy New Year Kath! Aww these are so cute! And definately a perfect way to use up strawberries.

Gianna@TheEmptyFridge (January 18, 2011)  

oh kath they look sooo good! i bet they taste better!
I find adding the almond meal to cakes just makes it so much more moorish and delicious - this is the perfect summer dessert!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella (January 20, 2011)  

Happy 2011 Kath and these look divine. I'm loving the fruit available at the moment!

jennoreilly (January 21, 2011)  

these look beautiful!

lynne (January 22, 2011)  

yum! delicious looking cupcakes :)

Lucy (January 22, 2011)  

I love the flavours in these - I can never resist white chocolate. Gorgeous!

♥peachkins♥ (January 24, 2011)  

These are great looking cupcakes you got here!

Olive (January 24, 2011)  

cute cupcakes!! I love your photos...so pretty!
Happy 2011 to you and your family!! :)

chef_d (January 24, 2011)  

White chocolate and strawberries sounds so decadent, I bet these cupcakes are delicious and they look sooo pretty!

Amy @ cookbookmaniac (January 25, 2011)  

I am not a huge fan of cupcakes, but your lovely strawberry & white choc ones are making me swoon... oh I want one!

Trissa (January 26, 2011)  

You're right Kath! Strawberries are really sweet at the moment (and cheap too!) which is why it's a great time to take advantage and make some of these cupcakes. I do think adding the white chocolate is a brilliant idea!

MaryMoh (January 27, 2011)  

Very lovely cupcakes. It looks so refreshing to the eyes. Can't help but smile...reminds me of summer :D

Ellie (Almost Bourdain) (January 29, 2011)  

Beautiful combinations. Strawberry and white chocolate! Love the cake stand :)

LetMeEatCake Eat With Me! (April 30, 2011)  

two of my favorite flavors! can't wait to try these cupcakes, i've got a 2 pound treasure of strawberries in the fridge

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