Strawberry cupcakes (perfect for Valentine's Day)

Course: cakes and bakes
Keyword: cakes, cupcakes, mini cupcakes, strawberry, Valentine's Day
Author: Emily Leary
These strawberry pink cupcakes are made with vanilla pink sponge, cream cheese and strawberry jam frosting.
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Ingredients

For the sponges (makes 6 large cupcakes, or you could probably stretch to 9-12 smaller cakes):

  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 200 g self raising flour
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 150 g slightly salted butter
  • 2 tbsp whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-4 drops red food colouring gel

For the frosting:

  • 125 g cream cheese
  • 60 g strawberry jam
  • 650 g icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk if needed
  • Sprinkles optional

Instructions

  • Put all the sponge ingredients except the food colouring into a large bowl.
  • Beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
  • Fold in the food colouring drop by drop until you have a suitably pink mix.
  • Spoon the batter into a 6-hole muffin tray lined with large muffin cases.
  • Bake at 190C (170C fan, 375F) for 25-30 minutes until golden on top (they’ll still be pink inside). Leave to cool completely.
  • Beat the jam and cream cheese together with a fork until well combined.
  • Beat the cream cheese mix into the icing sugar until it’s light and fluffy. If it’s too thick, add a few drops of milk.
  • Spoon the mix into a frosting bag fitted with a star nozzle and pipe evenly onto the cakes.
  • Add sprinkles and toppers if you wish! You can download the toppers shown below.