For the Strawberry Cupcakes [Makes about 18 cupcakes]
2 1/4 cups cake flour
1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1.5 sticks unsalted butter[ at room temperature]
3/4 cup pureed strawberries [frozen/fresh]
4 large egg whites
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup milk
1-2 drops of red/pink food color depending on how pink you want your cupcakes
For the Chocolate Frosting
2.5 cups confectioners sugar
1/2 cup sour cream, at room temperature
1 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 tbsp of milk or as required to thin out the frosting.
[For the Cupcakes]
Preheat oven to 350 F.Line your cupcakes pan with cases or grease thoroughly.
I like to strain out the pureed strawberries through a sieve once.You can skip this step if you do not want to.
In a medium bowl sift flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the softened butter with the pureed strawberry until mixed.
Add the flour mix to the butter mix and blend until fluffy.The batter will be thick
In another bowl,beat egg whites, milk, vanilla extract and food color until light and fluffy.
Fold in the whisked egg whites into the batter, divided.Keep mixing gently until whole of it is incorporated.D
Using your cookie/ice-cream scoop, fill the cupcake pan about 3/4 full.
Bake 18 – 22 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.Mine took 20 minutes.
Transfer the cupcakes to the rack for cooling.Let cool completely before frosting
Sour Cream Chocolate Frosting
On a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips.Mix the vanilla extract and let them cool to room temperature.Cream softened butter and sour cream until well blended.Blend in melted and cooled chocolate chips until smooth.Add confectioner’s sugar and beat well.Add a teaspoon of milk at a time until desired, spreadable consistency is reached.
In a medium bowl, sift flour,baking soda & powder, salt.Set aside
In a larger bowl,cream the butter & sugar thoroughly untill fluffy.To this add the lime juice & vanilla and beat until combined.
To the butter sugar mix, add the flour mix and gently combine with a spatula to bring together into a dough.You might need to add a tbsp or more of milk at this stage if required to make a soft dough.
Divide the dough into 2 small balls.Take a piece of plastic cling film, put the dough balls on it and flatten with palm to make a disc.Wrap the discs with plastic cling film.Repeat the same with 2nd dough ball.Chill both discs for about 30 minutes.
Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper.Avoid using aluminium foil as the extreme heating up will burn the cookies from bottom.
After chilling, take one disc out, unwrap it and place it between two sheets of parchment paper. Initially, you may find it little difficult to roll because of the chilled dough.It will soften as you go along.
Roll the disc using a floured rolling-pin into a sheet about 1/4″ thk.
Using a floured cookie cutter cut the cookies from the rolled dough.
Using a floured thin spatula, transfer the cookies to the lined cookie sheet.Note: Picking up the cookies with fingers will deshape them.
Preheat the oven to 350F
Chill the cut cookies again for 15 minutes.
Once chilled, bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes until the sides start turning brown.
Cool completely on a cooling rack.
Tip in the blueberries, water and sugar to a small sauce pan.Cook it on low heat until the blueberries are soft and mushy.Transfer to a blender.Blend on high to form a puree.Dissolve cornstarch into lemon juice.Transfer the puree to sauce pan again and add cornstarch mix.Cook on very low heat for about 5-8 minutes until you get a thick paste.Cool completely before adding to the cream.
Blueberry Cream Filling:
Make the filling by beating the cream cheese & butter with an electric mixer. Mix in powdered sugar until smooth.Add 2 tbsp of the cooled blueberry paste above to make a smooth mix.
Pipe or spread 1-2 tablespoons of blueberry filling in the center of a cookie. Top with a second cookie and press together until the filling reaches the edges of the cookies.Store in an air tight box for up to 3 days.
Use any kind of berries or fruits to make the filling.The recipe remains the same.
I have mentioned the baking times on my oven.Since all ovens are different, please adjust the times as per your appliance.
You will need to adjust lime juice if your berries are really tart.