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Strawberry Merengue Cupcakes + Rockford | Kitchener/Waterloo Food Photographer

Monday, March 21, 2011

My Brother and his girlfriend came to visit the other day, cupcakes in one hand and a new puppy in the other (needless-to-say, my Girls did not know which to go for first). I *volunteered* to hold the cupcakes while they settled in. All I could see was PINK inside the translucent container and I began plotting my next food shoot.
Here is Stephanie's recipe. The cupcakes are absolutely gorgeous and have a very light, Spring-time taste. We happened to be enjoying a bottle of white wine and, thinking back on it now, it was the perfect accompaniment to such a delicate dessert.

Strawberry Merengue Cupcakes

Cupcake Ingredients:
2 3/4 cups of flour
1/2 cup of cake flour (not self rising)
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter (room temp.)
2 1/4 sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
3 large eggs
1 egg white
1 cup milk
2 cups finely chopped fresh strawberries

Method:
1.Preheat oven to 350
2.Sift both flours, baking powder and salt together
3.With electric mixer on medium high mix butter, sugar and vanilla. Add eggs (and egg white) one at a time.
4.Reduce speed while adding flour in two batches, alternating with the milk.
5.Fold in straweberries by hand.
6.Fill cups 3/4 and bake 25 minutes until golden brown

Strawberry Merengue Buttercream Icing Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries
4 large eggs
1 1/4 sugar
1 1/2 unsalted butter (room temp.)

Method:
1.Puree strawberries
2.Combine egg whites and sugar in a heat proof bowl over top of simmering water. Whisk constantly by hand until sugar has dissolved (mixture should feel smooth and warm)
3.Using an electric mixer starting on low and gradually increasing to medium high, mix until stiff... continue mixing until it turns fluffy and glossy and the mixture has cooled completely (10 minutes)
4.Add butter afew tablespoons at a time. Once all butter has been incorporated scrape down the sides and beat until all air bubbles have been eliminated.
5. Add strawberries
CD Listened to While Eating: 21 by Adele
Baked Goods Made by Stephanie Brown
Images Captured w: Canon 7D, 50mm lens, 100mm lens, & natural light





7 Responses to “ Strawberry Merengue Cupcakes + Rockford | Kitchener/Waterloo Food Photographer ”

Anonymous said...

That dog is adorable...and so are the cupcakes. I've been seeing this recipe and the Merengue Buttercream a lot lately, must mean that I have to make these!

Jenn (Cookies Cupcakes Cardio) said...

Your cupcakes look delicious! I have to add that I only just this week discovered Adele...and it's so funny that you're listening to that too! Your dog is cute!

Tabby Powell said...

Looks so good!

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Anonymous said...

I just made these cupcakes and they turned out great! The meringue buttercream however, did not.
I followed the instructions exactly, and up until the point of adding the strawberry puree the icing looked and tasted perfect. For some reason when I added the strawberries the consistency was destroyed. Any suggestions?

Novella Photography said...

I'll check with the friend who made these and get back to you!

Novella Photography said...

In the meantime, here is a link to Martha Stewart's Strawberry Merengue Buttercream icing: http://www.marthastewart.com/309719/strawberry-cupcakes . You can't go wrong with Martha :).

Jenn said...

That frosting looks soooo good and that puppy is soooo cute!