- Friday, 14 August 2015 -

Recipe: Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes


Hello my lovelies! With the recent return of the Great British Bake Off, Wednesday nights have become a particular source of inspiration as I find myself itching to bake. However, before I could cause any chaos in the kitchen, a quick visit to the shops was in order to load up on all the necessary baking utensils, and that's when I stumbled across the terrific cupcake moulds you see before you! Shaped like teacups, these silicone cupcake moulds can withstand a heat up to 260° in the oven - oh and did I mention that they came to the grand total of £1 from Poundland? I'll just let you heist that jaw of yours back up from the floor...

Armed with a piping bag in one hand and my trusty whisk in the other, I wanted to make something summery and indulgent and who doesn't love a good old strawberries and cream combo? Having been bitten by the baking bug a little later on in life, I'll be the first to admit that I've never been skilled in the culinary arts, however I promise you that if I can make these delicious cupcakes, anyone can! They're quick, easy and oh so scrumptious, so let's get started!

You will need:

For the cakes - 
175g (6oz) caster sugar
175g (6oz) self-raising flour, sifted
175g (6oz) unsalted butter, softened
3 large free-range eggs, beaten
1 tsp of vanilla extract

For the icing - 
400g (14oz) full-fat Philadelphia cheese
300g (10oz) icing sugar, sifted
250g (9oz) strawberries, blended to a puree

1/ Firstly, you want to preheat your oven to 180 C, 160 C for fan assisted ovens, or Gas 4. Line a 12-tin muffin tray with 8-12 of your silicone (or regular) cupcake cases. I also like to lightly butter the insides of my cases so that the sponge doesn't stick or burn

2/ Mix the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy - note, this could take some time, so be patient! Gradually incorporate your eggs into the mixture, adding a sprinkle of flour where you see fit if you fear the batter may split

3/ When the eggs are neatly mixed, you may then continue to add your vanilla extract and fold in your flour. I did this gradually as there is the tendency of the mixture turning congealed if done too fast

4/ Divide your mixture between your cupcake cases - remember only to fill them half way as your cupcakes WILL rise! Cook on a middle shelf for about 20 minutes, checking when needed. When risen and golden, you may then transfer them onto a clean surface for cooling

5/ For the icing, simply beat your cream cheese, icing sugar and strawberry puree together to form a thick, shiny icing. Admittedly, this did take me up to 20 minutes to achieve as the mixture appears watery at first. Don't fret! Just keep whisking until it thickens. 

6/ Carefully apply your icing via piping bag or spoon onto the cooled cupcakes. If you prefer your icing hardened, store them in the fridge for about an hour. Top with chopped strawberries or sprinkles (I did both!) and enjoy!





  1. Oh my god these are literally the cutest cupcakes! And they look sooo yummy!

    Rach // illustratedteacup.com

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  2. These look delicious! Poundland have a surprisingly fantastic range of baking stuff, these cupcake cases are adorable!

    Sian xx Cakey Dreamer

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  3. akfbafbsoudbvisbfouafbfosb!!!!

    ughhhhh these look so amazing and so yummy and your photos are so good and you're so cute why can't I articulate my thoughts better ughhhhhhhhhh so much love

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  4. Oh, my words were these sent down from heaven?! I absolutely have to try making these this weekend---thanks for sharing, Claire <3
    xxx
    She Will Be

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  5. These are just too pretty! And with those cupcake moulds ah! x

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  6. 1) I am going to find those cake cases tomorrow and I shall rejoice in all my brilliant ACTUAL CUP-CAKE FAIRY CAKES. 2) these look absolutely bloomin' brilliant Claire! Definitely going to try the recipe, can't beat a bit of strawberries and cream ;)

    Fii | little miss fii

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  7. These sound delicious! Can't beat a good cupcake ^.^ Thank for sharing the recipe, I'll definitely be giving these a try

    Rhiannon x

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  8. Awww these are so cute =]

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  9. Gawd bless you Poundland - these cupcake cases are the most adoreable thing I've seen in ages! (And your cupcakes look delicious too!) xx

    Laura | Loved By Laura

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  10. These look delicious! :) and so cute! You've decorated them so well! :D

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    xox

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  11. These look unreal!! Very beautifully decorated! x

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  12. You weren't kidding when you said that these were easy to make. The only ingredient I don't have is Philadelphia cheese, but the grocery store is around the corner yay.

    xx Izzy | Qthee

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  13. CLAIRE I LOVE THESE SO MUCH! I can't believe those gorgeous cake cases are from poundland! I need to get there!

    Rhianna | robowecop

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  14. These are so adorable, Claire! I actually can't believe the cake cases are from Poundland - what a good find. Also strawberries and cream are the most perfect summer cupcake flavour!

    x

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  15. I love those cases! Such a fab idea and also delicious cupcakes :) x

    Everything But The Kitchen Sink

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  16. These look so cute and yummy! Will definitely have to try these! - Tasha

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  17. These are so so so adorable!! I love the cases! Who wouldn't love them??

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  18. These look incredible, bring me some please

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  19. These looks stunning! I can't believe those cases were from poundland!!!! I'm not a fan of silicone cupcakes cases but they are too cute

    www.laurcaud.co.uk

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    1. replying to my self b/c im cool. I didn't find these cases in any £shops HOWEVER I did find them in wilkos! They're so cute and I've had a great idea for them :)

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  20. OHHHH my god Claire these looks absolutely amazing! I need me some of these... x

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  21. Dude! I NEED those cupcake moulds in my life. Also, how do you make them look so pretty?
    My artistic side does not extend to food stuff. Haha.

    Sara Bloo xo
    bloonstuff.com

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  22. Saaay what! These look gorgeous Claire... I was just browsing for some cupcake inspiration! Definitely going to give these a go (I will send you a pic when I am finished... probably won't look as beautiful as yours...) Immy X

    www.immymay.com

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  23. What an awesome idea these are absolutely gorgeous- I live for GBBO days ;) xx

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  24. Oh my god these look absolutely amazing and those cupcake cases are adorable
    Beth x
    Mermaid in Disguise

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  27. Those cupcake moulds are adorable. :)

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  28. These look so yummy! I especially love the little white cups you put them in. I might have to give this a go and try it out. Mmmm.....

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