Saturday, 10 May 2014

Fresh Raspberry and Pink Lemonade Frosted Cupcakes

Readers, I had another moment of glee and delight this week.   The lovely people at Sugar and Crumbs posted out to Twitter that they were looking for bloggers to review their newly launched products.  Having worked with them before on the launch of previous flavours, I was delighted to be asked to take part again.

My first project is working with the new Sugar and Crumbs Pink Lemonade Icing Sugar.  I thought it sounded the really interesting summery concept.  Now, I’m fully aware we aren't there yet on summer weather, but in my mind we are!


I have to be honest; at first I was a little skeptical.  I tried a taste of the frosting on its own and it was a little sweet and unidentifiable… until the little pop of fizz hit me.  Yep, it’s definitely lemonade and I’m back to my childhood long summer holidays playing in the garden with friends.

I decided to pair the pink lemonade icing with fresh raspberry cupcakes for a full on summer vibe.  The whole batch was demolished by the office; with some saying these were the best effort.  So it looks like we have a new army of pink lemonade fans.

Sugar and Crumbs really are a fantastic company.  So far, I've only used their flavoured icing sugars but I can highly recommend the salted caramel, orange drizzle, lemon drizzle and the new pink lemonade varieties.

Sugar and Crumbs have also sent me some flavoured cocoa powder and another new icing sugar to try out, so watch this space!  For more info on their products, visit their website and read their blog: http://www.sugarandcrumbs.co.uk/blog/

And for now, transport yourself to a summer’s day, with my recipe!

Fresh Raspberry and Pink Lemonade Cupcakes


Ingredients – makes 12 large cupcakes

150g fresh raspberries (set aside 36 whole berries for topping)
175g self raising flour
175g slightly softened butter
175g caster sugar
3 medium eggs

Filling

4 heaped teaspoons Mrs Bridges Raspberry Curd (in piping bag with filling nozzle)

Topping

125g Sugar and Crumbs Pink Lemonade Icing Sugar
125g softened unsalted butter
250g plain icing sugar
36 whole raspberries

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190c/ Fan 170c/ Gas 5.  Fill a muffin tin with 12 large cupcake cases.
  2. Firstly set aside 36 whole berries for the topping.  Then place the remaining berries in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Set aside.
    Blended berries!
  3. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Then add in the fresh raspberries and mix together with an electric mixer.
  4. Next add two eggs and sift in the flour. Mix with an electric mixer until combined.  If your mix is fairly wet, you won’t need the third egg. (I did!)
  5. Then add in the final egg and mix until your cake batter comes together.
    Finished cake batter

  6. Spoon the mix into the 12 muffin cases and bake in the oven for 17-18 minutes until golden on top and a metal skewer inserted in the cake comes out clean.
    Before...

    ...after
  7. Remove from the oven, remove from the tray and cool on a wire rack.

Filling

  1. Transfer 4 heaped teaspoons of raspberry curd to a disposable piping bag fitted with a cupcake filler long nozzle (I got one in The Range).  If your curd has been in the fridge, once inside the bag, loosen it with warm hands to make it easier to pipe. 
    Filling nozzle with raspberry curd on left
  2. Check cakes are fully cooled.
  3. Insert the nozzle into the top of each cake and with a small, light squeeze, fill the cake with a little curd.  Remove the nozzle and ensure that the filling doesn’t come out of the top of the cake.

Decorating

  1. Chop 125g of unsalted butter and add to a clean bowl. Using an electric mixer, soften the butter until it becomes light and creamy.
  2. Slowly add in the 125g of Sugar and Crumbs Pink Lemonade icing sugar and beat into the mixture. Then add in the rest of the icing sugar and beat until all the icing sugar in incorporated and a smooth buttercream is formed.
  3. Add in some pink food colouring and beat to incorporate.  Keep adding until you reach your desired colour.
  4. Transfer the buttercream to a piping bag fitted with an open star nozzle.
  5. Pipe a swirl onto the top of each cake and then top with three fresh raspberries.
Pink Lemonade Raspberry Cupcake


Store in an airtight container for 2-3 days or serve immediately.

I'm entering this post into Treat Petite this month, hosted by Kat at The Baking Explorer.  Stuart at Cakeyboi hosts on alternate months!

I'm also entering this post to #recipeoftheweek over at A Mummy Too

Link up your recipe of the week

Disclosure Statement: I received the samples from Sugar and Crumbs for free, to bake with.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

10 comments:

  1. These look so good Claire - Thanks for joining in the Treat Petite fun!

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    1. Thanks Stuart! Always try to enter when I can!

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  2. Gosh these look delicious! linking up from #recipeoftheweek

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    1. Thanks Mellissa... really easy to make as well. Great for #recipeoftheweek

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  3. Pink lemonade icing sounds lovely and the cakes look amazing

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  4. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment Alison.

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  5. These look so great - and I'm telling myself that they're healthy because they contain real fruit, right? #recipeoftheweek

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    1. Must be... infact, could be one of your 5 a day?!

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  6. miam, c'est bon!

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