I decided to use some dried fruit inside the batter so I cut up 60g dried apple and 90g dried strawberry.
I mixed together 245g butter and 245g caster sugar. I added 4 eggs, and the zest of 1 orange, 1 lime and 1 lemon.
Finally I added 245g self raising flour, the chopped dried fruit and 6 mint leaves chopped very finely.
I baked the cupcakes on 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 20 minutes. The batter made 18 cupcakes.
To decorate I made icing using 160g butter, 1 and a half tbsp Pimms and 400g icing sugar. I piped it on using a piping bag and nozzle.
I used paper straws, strawberries cut in half and mint leaves to finish the decoration. I thought they looked really cute!
The cupcakes dissappeared fast at the WI meeting and at the end of the meeting I won a bottle of faux Pimms for my efforts! I was embarrassed, but pleased of course!
I’m entering these cupcakes into myself and Cakeyboi’s monthly challenge, Treat Petite. This month’s theme is ‘Summertime Special’.
- 60 g Dried apple
- 90 g Dried strawberry
- 405 g Butter
- 245 g Caster sugar
- 4 Eggs
- 1 Orange
- 1 Lemon
- 1 Lime
- 245 g Self raising flour
- 25 Mint leaves
- 1 1/2 tsp Pimms
- 400 g Icing sugar
- 8-10 Fresh strawberries
Cut up the dried apple and the dried strawberry
Mix together 245g of the butter and the caster sugar. Add the eggs, and the zest of the orange, lime and lemon
Fold in the self raising flour, the chopped dried fruit and 6 of the mint leaves chopped very finely
Bake on 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 20 minutes
For the buttercream mix 160g of the butter, the Pimms and the icing sugar together. Pipe it on using a piping bag and nozzle
Decorate with paper straws, strawberries cut in half and mint leaves