Monday, September 8, 2008

SHF: so horribly fantastic, lemon strawberry little cakes .....mmmm


This is my contribution to SHF, sugar high fridays.  Yes, there is a lot of bad cupcakes out there, they may look pretty, but once you bite into them... disappointment dawns.  It saddens me, such a pretty thing being so bad.  So I've tried something new. Now these are simple, as I wanted to keep, and absolutely yummy of course... that is what we're going for here!  These lemon strawberry cupcakes are simple and well surprising.  I wanted to keep the white icing look, but its not just vanilla buttercream frosting, its strawberry vanilla buttercream. I got my little hands on some candy flavorings and decided to try them out.  I thought they would have that bitter fake taste you some times get, you all know what I'm talking about, but I was wrong.

lemon cupcakes

31/2 cups all-purpose flour
2tsp baking powder
1tsp baking soda
1/2tsp salt
1cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2tsp  real vanilla extract
3 eggs
250ml sour cream
2tsp shredded lemon peel

strawberry buttercream frosting

1 cup unsalted butter
6 to 8 cups icing sugar
1/2 milk
1tsp vanilla extract
4-5 drops strawberry flavoring
Add all ingredients into a mixing bowl and beat until smooth and creamy (3-5min)

Preheat oven 350. In a large bowl, beat butter in a electric mixer on high speed until smooth. Add sugar, vanilla and beat until mixed.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each one. Add flour mixture and sour cream alternately while continuing to beat.  This batter is thick, stir in lemon peel. Makes approx 2 dozen or more.