May 26, 2007

Lemon Cupcakes with Fresh Strawberry Centers



Ingredients:
juice of 1 lemon
zest of 1 lemon
1 1/2 cup flour
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup buttermilk
7 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
2 eggs, at room temperature
12 small to medium sized strawberries

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour or line 12 wells in a cupcake pan. In a large bowl, cream the butter, zest and sugar. Add the lemon juice and the eggs. Beat to combine. The mixture may look a little curdled but that is okay. Mix in the buttermilk. Continue to mix and slowly add in the flour. Beat the batter an additional 2 minutes, until light and fluffy. Pour an even amount into each cupcake well, filling about 3/4 of the way. Place a whole strawberry, point side down in the middle of each cupcake. Bake 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted on the outside of the strawberry comes out clean. Cool in pan briefly, then remove from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack. Ice*.

Icing suggestion: make a basic buttercream and substitute lemon juice for any liquid and add some lemon zest. I actually made a cream cheese icing: 8 0z cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and some lemon zest.



My thoughts:
A reader, Jenn, wrote to me yesterday wanting to know if I had any suggestions or a recipe for a lemon cupcake with a strawberry inside. I had never done that before, but I gave her some suggestions and decided to try it out for myself. This might be my new favorite cupcake for Spring, lots of tangy lemon and a juicy, sweet strawberry sunk in the middle. I also made a few plain and they were excellent as well, but if you have access to good strawberries, use them! They are a great and tasty surprise.

Update: check out Jenn's post about the cupcakes she made using this recipe.

36 comments:

  1. That looks delectable!
    It's also a pefect way for me to eat more fruit. Mind you I do enjoy strawberries, so nobody has to sugar coat them or surround them in frosting but what the heck - I'm game:)

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  2. I've never seen anything like that! I'm going to add this to the strawberry recipe round-up I posted last week :-)

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  3. They are positively beautiful! I can't wait to make them!

    I'll post my results as well.

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  4. How neat they look!
    I can't eat strawberries, but maybe a small dollop of blueberries inside would be a good pairing too - not as visually pretty, but hopefully tasty.

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  5. I just did a post- a couple posts back on lemon poppyseed muffins with strawberries inside. Did your tops explode? I can't tell because they are covered with frosting!

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  6. No, the tops didn't explode. I left out baking soda/powder and just really mixed the batter until fluffy so they didn't rise too much. I also didn't cover the top of the strawberry with batter, the batter just went up to their "shoulders".

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  7. Wow that looks awesome! I'll have to try this sometime. Do you think the recipe will still work with frozen strawberries?

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  8. Yum. Just looking at that picture makes my mouth water.

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  9. Oh my god. I just made them and am in LOVE! They are my new favorite. Thank you.

    (with lemony buttercream frosting... mmmm).

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  10. These look SOOOO much fun and delicious. I just love strawberries!

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  11. What a lovely surprise in the middle! I love it!

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  12. Posthip: I am glad you liked them! I made some cream cheese frosting w/lemon for mine.

    Amy: I am not sure about frozen strawberries, they might give off too much liquid. It's worth a try though.

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  13. Lovely! What a great center to bite into. That's a cupcake I would gobble up in a sec!

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  14. oh no you did NOT just bake a sweet little strawberry inside cupcakes! !BRAVO!

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  15. I just posted my results to my [a href=http://jennaddenda.blogspot.com/]blog [/a]and they were absolutely fantastic. Took them to a cookout and I haven't got a single one left!

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  16. Wow, how amazing. Can't wait to try those delicious looking treats! What a great idea!!!

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  17. You have got to be kidding me? Oh my those look incredible!

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  18. these look FANTASTIC!
    love it!

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  19. Holy YUMoly!! I don't know when I'll have time to make these (maybe Sunday), they look terrific and are a great idea!!

    I just found your blog this morning (up since 4, thanks jet lag!), and think it's lovely!

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  20. wow, a whole strawberry right in the middle... how fantastic

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  21. Oh, wow! That looks positively delightful!

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  22. That looks delicious! Lemon and strawberries are my absolute favorite. Your recipe gave me a great idea...I have a family recipe for strawberry cake made with fresh strawberry puree. I normally use a fresh strawberry frosting but I think I'll try a lemon frosting instead!!

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  23. I always love looking at your blog and have made several recipes. I just made these lemon strawberry cupcakes for a picnic and they were perfect! I had no time to make frosting, so I just plopped a bit of batter on top of the strawberries (otherwise they sink in the cake a bit) and even though the finished cupcakes did still have sunken tops, they tasted so good and are perfect without frosting too. What a sweet and great idea!

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  24. That's great, Faith! The strawberries I used were so big, the tip hit the bottom of the pan and the tops were at the top of the cupcake, so I didn't have the floating/sinking problem.

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  25. Very yummy but I took it one step further and placed 1/2 an oreo cookie on the bottom of the cupcake liner

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  26. these were *amazing* took them to a cookout this weekend and everyone was knocking people down to get one -- and the recipe. thanks!!

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  27. I baked these and loved their bright flavor! I frosted them with a white chocolate/cream cheese frosting (from your recipe, but substituting white chips for the chocolate) and was pleased with the flavor combo :) But I was wondering: how much leavening would you put in, if you were to put in some? I prefer the fluffier texture, and since I made them sans strawberries, no danger of exploding tops... Your thoughts?

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  28. Em: I'd put in about 1/2 teaspoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda.

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  29. I made these this weekend and they were delicious. My strawberries were so big I had to cut them in half. I didn't have cream cheese for the frosting but I DID have some top shelf margarita mix. A few drops of that, powdered sugar, and fresh lemon juice made a lovely glaze. Thanks!

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  30. I made these for a bridal shower I was hosting and they got rave reviews and were so so yummy! I put a pink fondant flower over the top as well and they were so cute..pics on my blog if your interested!

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  31. Great recipe! Looks and tastes wonderful.

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  32. I love these cupcakes!They are officially my all time favorite & very yummy!!! My sister & I made about 60 with the lemon cheese cream frosting, for a baby shower. They were so popular that people came in for seconds and some sneaked of with 3rds.

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  33. I made these for a little kid's birthday party this past weekend (mom needed extra dessert) and they were a huge hit! My husband, who doesn't like cake normally, said I could make these any time! Thanks, Rachel! :)

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  34. Hi, the cupcake looks great!
    I want to make these too. But most of our local strawberry are sour. Do u think it's good idea if I mix small amount of sugar to the strawberries before put them in the batter?
    Please advice
    Thanks a lot!

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  35. I made these the other day and they were amazing! I frosted them with cream cheese icing which I flavoured with orange oil . . . it was sooo good :D

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