Sunday Share day brings to you a great cupcake recipe that holds a strawberry filling perfectly. By simply adding some praline liquor and finely chopped basil the flavor level took it up a a few notches but you can omit those flavors and it is still a very tasty strawberry cupcake.
Strawberry Jam Filled Cupcakes
- Muffin Tins
- Cupcake Corer
Pre-Heat Oven 350°
Prepare 2 Muffin Tins. Butter generously or use baking spray, then line with cupcake papers liners in each tin.
- 10 tbsp Butter Unsalted (1¼ sticks) – Softened
- 2 c Flour Cake Or All Purpose Flour
- 1¼ c Sugar
- 4 Eggs
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- ¼ tsp Almond Extract
- 2½ tsp Baking Powder
- ¼ tsp Salt
- ¾ c Milk
Fresh Strawberry-Basil-Praline Filling:
- ½ lb Strawberries Fresh – hulled and diced
- 2 tbsp Sugar
- ½ tbsp Lemon Juice
- ½ tbsp Cornstarch
- 4 Basil Leaves chopped fine or food processed
- 1 tbsp Praline Liquor Optional-but these are made with it.
Fresh Strawberry-Basil Buttercream Frosting:
- 4 c Powdered Sugar
- 1 c Butter (2 sticks) – Softened
- ½ c Fresh Strawberry Puree 8 oz of fresh strawberries equals @ ½c pureed
- 1 tbsp Basil – Finely diced or processes in a processor – Optional
- Pull together the Ingredients
Mix With A Hand Blender:
- Using a mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugar until the mix is light or for about 2 minutes or so. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Add vanilla and almond extract.
- Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together.
- Incorporate by hand the flour, baking powder and salt mixture into the butter mixture a bit at a time alternating with the milk. Just stir it until it is smooth.
Pour into muffin tins
- Take a ladle and fill each muffin/cupcake tin almost to the top. (⅔ at least)
Bake at 350° for about 20-25 minutes or until tester comes out clean
Allow to cool for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Cool Completely.
- In a saucepan over medium heat, mix the strawberies, sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch and basil together. Add the liquor (optional) and stir well until blended. Bring to boil and then reduce the heat. Cook for about 5 minutes or until it has reduced and thickened. Remove from heat and allow it to cool. Tip: Cornstarch can be lumpy, add some of the lemon juice to the cornstarch and stir it up to a smooth consistency BEFORE adding it into the saucepan with the rest of the ingredients.
- Hollow out the center of the cupcake with either a cupcake corer or a very small spoon. Don't break through the bottom of the cupcake, you don't want the filling to come out when the wrapper is taken off to eat. Only go 1/2 way or so into the cupcake. The filling should fill @12 – 15 cupcakes.
- Using a piping bag to fill, fill the center of each cupcake.
- With a mixer blend the softened butter and powdered sugar. Add ¼ c of the pureed strawberries. If it needs more add a little at a time until you get to the right consistency. Mix well. You may not need the full ½ c, but you can reserve that for plating.
- Note: if you want to add small pieces of diced strawberries into the frosting add them now and stir them in. Remember the water content of the strawberries may thin the frosting, go ahead and add a bit more powdered sugar a tablespoon at a time. I also added the finely diced basil into the frosting mix at this point.
- Using a piping bag, pipe frosting on the filled cupcakes.
- Measure and level all ingredients correctly. Adding too much flour can be a mistake in the outcome.
- Use an ice cream scoop to make an even pour if you do not have a ladle.
- This frosting recipe will frost @ 12-15 cupcakes with swirled piped frosting.
- This frosting recipe will also frost @20-24 cupcakes spread with a knife.
- Store in the refrigerator and take them out about 30 minutes before serving.
Enjoy the bake 🙂