STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM CUPCAKES

Serves
24
Cooks In
Cooking Time 30mins

Ingredients

250g  Scotty Brand strawberries, hulled
200g  unsalted butter, softened
200g caster sugar
4 free-range eggs
200g  self-raising flour
4 tbsp good-quality strawberry jam
250ml  lightly whipped double cream
icing sugar, for dusting

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C or Gas mark 6. Line two 12-hole muffin trays with paper cases.

  2. Cream the butter and sugar together, preferably with an electric whisk, in a large bowl until the mixture is light and fluffy. (This can take 5-7 minutes, so this stage should not be rushed.)

  3. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until well combined. (If the mixture looks like it is curdling add a spoonful of the flour.) Fold in the remaining flour with a metal spoon until you have a soft, smooth mixture.

  4. Pipe or spoon the mixture into the paper cases until half full, add half a teaspoon of jam and then cover with the remaining cake mixture. The finished cake case should be about three-quarters full. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the cakes are pale golden-brown and spring back when pressed gently with a finger. Remove the cakes from the oven and set aside to cool on a wire rack.

  5. Using a small knife make a well in the top of each cake by removing a disk of cake. Fill this well with whipped cream and top with a strawberry. Serve with a generous dusting of icing sugar.

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