Delicious summery cupcakes! Vanilla cupcakes packed with strawberries and topped with a dark chocolate coconut ganache. Beautiful, striking cupcakes that are sure to be a hit at your next party or get together.
This is only the second baking recipe on my blog, and yet I do bake fairly often. I love it, but in a different sort of way to cooking. I mostly bake because I want cookies. (Sometimes, I simply must have a cookie.) Or I bake cupcakes for friends or for parties, because everybody loves cupcakes.
But I don’t often bake for my blog because it can be quite hard to try out new ideas with baking.
I used to think it would be easy, when I first started this blog. I was like, “What the heck, I’ll reduce the butter in this brownie recipe and throw in some kahlua, and I can totally just do whatever and it will work”. Ha. Without wishing to destroy my credibility too much, I had some mega failures with those experiments. I had to learn the hard way that certain rules must be followed, and experimentation should be a little more structured and researched.
Today I am delighted to introduce you to an outstanding success. It stems from a tried and trusted cupcake sponge for the base, and builds new flavours on top of it. In this case, delicious fresh strawberries.
Not only do the chunks of strawberries add texture and moisture, the juices seep out into the batter a little and flavour the whole sponge.
If you’re someone who wants to experiment with baking but is afraid of the epic failures, that would be my top tip: start by making small adaptations to really trusted recipes. (But not adding alcohol. Trust me on that one.)
So I’ve adapted this vanilla cupcake recipe into a few different experiments in the past, and it always works. It is a robust enough recipe to take a little bit of deviation.
The cakes are topped with a bold dark chocolate ganache, made with coconut milk which imparts just a little bit of coconut flavour to it. This works beautifully against the moist strawberry infused sponge.
And then you top it off with a half strawberry which sets into the ganache. It looks rather striking doesn’t it!
I’ve made these a few times for our parties, and these are always the cakes people gravitate towards.
I made this by weighing the ingredients but grabbed the weight to volume conversions for both flour and sugar from Dove’s Farm’s in case cups are your preferred way of measuring.