Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins
Thess cupcakes are simply the best!! Simple to make, and oh so yummo!
- 225 g self raising flour, sifted
- 1 pinch salt
- 125 g butter, softened
- 175 g caster sugar
- 250 ml sour cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 1⁄2 lemon, zest of, finely grated
- 1 egg
- 2 egg yolks
- 125 ml milk
- 4 ripe strawberries
- 250 g icing sugar, sifted
- Pre-heat oven to 180c, (350f), line a 12 hole cupcake pan with paper cases.
- Sift the flour and salt into large mixing bowl. Add all the other ingredients, except for the icing ingredients.
- Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes, or until combined and smooth.
- Spoon mixture evenly into paper cases, and bake for 15 - 20 minutes. Or till golden and firm to the touch, and a skewer comes out clean.
- Cool on a wire rack.
- To make the Icing:.
- Mash the strawberries with a fork, combine with the sifted icing sugar and beat until smooth. Adding more Icing sugar if needed. Spread over cakes and store in an airtight container once icing has set.
- To make a lemon icing, combine 125gm Icing sugar, 20gm of soft butter and 1 - 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice.
- For Orange cupcakes, substitute the milk with 125ml of freshly squeezed orange juice, and add 1 tablespoon of finely grated orange zest to the cake batter.
Really a lemony cupcake with strawberry frosting, these really are yummo, and super easy to make. Sour cream in the batter is a really nice touch. We had to bake them over 25 minutes, however, and suggest that times may vary by climate and oven. Made for OZ/NZ swap, Feb 08.
Ok, first let me say that even though I had a bit of trouble with these I still think they deserve 5 stars based on taste, and the fact that the mistakes might have been mine through conversion to U.S. measurments and cooktime.... I think I needed to cook them longer maybe, because mine sunk in the middle quite a bit. They passed the toothpick test so I figured they were done, but I think it could have gone 5 minutes more even. I did already cook them 25 minutes at that point. The second problem I had was in the frosting. It was just making a syrup basically and didn't look anything like Lynn's which is what I was basing mine off of lol. So I added some heavy whipping cream and that really helped. It also had an odd flavor before adding the cream. The finished frosting was still on the runny side, but much better. I also think I could have stretched the batter to make a few more, rather than force it all into 12 liners because I was too lazy to get another pan out lol. They sorta ran into eachother on top because of this. For the cupcakes themselves I opted to use the lemon zest as stated, but changed the milk to orange juice as recommended for variations. The cupcakes had a wonderful flavor with that combo! Which together with the strawberry icing was phenomenal! They are a nice moist cupcake thanks to the sour cream. So as a recap... even though they didn't come out looking perfect, and there were some bumps along the way (possibly my fault) these were still some of the yummiest cupcakes I have tasted!