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Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Strawberry Surprise Cupcakes with #CBias


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Every week we shop at Waitrose for half of our food shopping (the other half is delivered by a local company). We fill our trolley cautiously, buying mostly necessities, on a never ending endeavour not to spend too much money. And so, alas, I always bypass the baking aisle with an "I just can't look" sad face; it all looks so pretty and lovely but I just don't need anything and aside from occasionally stopping to replenish our food colouring I just can't justify buying any of the lovely yummy things. 
So... this week when Collective Bias asked me to do a special post about baking cupcakes and gave me an allowance to buy the bits I needed I was delighted. We went to Waitrose as normal and this time I got to the baking aisle with excitement, and spent ages perusing the great range of baking accessories and decorations. 
I was pretty well stocked up on basic ingredients so I was able to spend my pennies on pretty embellishments for our strawberry cupcakes! 
After much deliberation I decided on some pink food colouring, a mixture of neon sugar crystals, some sugar butterflies, pretty cupcake cases and some very functional Easy Swirl Cupcake Icing, which means no piping bag (which I am horrible at!) so I was super excited about this!! I also bought some lovely fresh strawberries, which were on a 2 for £3 offer with other fruit. 
When we had finished our shopping we went upstairs to the cafe, where we can get a free coffee each week with our Waitrose card! You can see more photos from our trip here in my google+ album.

We went home, and I decided to bake the cakes straight away, as we had my Mum visiting so thought it would be a nice treat! I used a basic sponge cake recipe of 6oz (170 grams) of self raising flour, butter, caster sugar and 3 free range eggs. Mix together and add any other flavour. Simple. 
Once the mixture was ready, pour into the gorgeous cupcake cases...

... and add some bits of chopped strawberries (or whatever you want!)

Then bake for about 15 minutes at 180˚c. Get out and leave to cool completely. 
If you want a sneaky treat before you decorate them, eat one warm, they are delicious, especially with the gooey strawberry inside. 
I was excited to try the Easy Swirl Icing. It is definitely much easier than piping, but skills definitely honing in this area. Here's my attempt! 
Then I sprinkled with the neon sugar and these gorgeous butterflies.... 
And here are the finished cupcakes! What do you think? 


Jake and Poppy definitely approved!


They were delicious, and despite my failings with icing I thought they looked really pretty! :) You can see more photos here! Happy baking! :) 

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