It’s always cream on top with these Cotswold afternoon tea inspired Strawberries and Cream cupcakes – light and fluffy sultana cakes filled with strawberry jam and finished with clotted cream buttercream and fresh fruit. Bringing the taste of the Cotswolds to your kitchen.
Wait! Stop right there. Yes, there. Can you smell it? That… that’s it, the unmissable smell of summer! Welcome to warm, light evenings, the sound of laughter and glasses clinking as we dine outside at any given opportunity and the smell of charcoal grilled food that drift over the neighbours’ fences from garden to garden.
Get the picture? Great, hold it there… and relax!
Summer eating for me is the ultimate chilled dining experience – whether it’s just you, feet up, G&T and a packet of crisps (yes, I’m that classy, must be cheese and onion though) after a long day; or its everyone over to Bob’s (or Jim, Steve, Fred or whoever throws their garden open) to witness the spectacular of men playing with fire, all in the name of food – summer dining is all about “chillin’ out, maxin’, relaxin’ all cool” (try and get that out of your head now, lol!)
In all of this, summer, for me, also heralds the arrival of the afternoon tea. Now I know that this great British institution isn’t necessarily a seasonal thing, but if I said “afternoon tea, what do you think of first?
How about perfectly trimmed finger sandwiches daintily filled with all manner of things; let’s just gloss over cucumber in sarnies (cucumber isn’t a good idea full-stop)? Or do you find your mind wandering to the golden fruit scones smothered in sweet and sticky, ruby red strawberry jam and dolloped with clotted cream?
I bet you anything that your first thought was the scone… the King of the Afternoon Tea, the Queen of the Cream Tea. Admit It, I was right, yes? And just before we go any further, let’s not start a cream on top/ cream on bottom debate. It’s always on top, there is no other way! Anyway back to those scones…
Many moons ago, when I had my small but perfectly formed, and quite honestly amazing smelling cupcake shop in Cirencester, the summer months were continually punctuated with “do you do cream teas?” If I had £1 for every time… I wouldn’t be rich but it might have brought me a new mixer.
It made me question though, what if I did do a ‘cream tea’… there’s nothing more I like than taking a bite out of a good old fruit scone, inevitably sending the jam and cream down the front of whatever I’m wearing that day. So, how awesome would it be to transform that into a cake… a portable cream tea, if you will; eating etiquette wouldn’t change, I’d still end up wearing it, but there was born my Cotswolds inspired cream tea, strawberries and cream cupcakes… one of the shop favourites of all time!
How to pimp your strawberries and cream cupcakes Cotswold-style
It might sound like I had this cupcake flavour epiphany, I’m sure it’s nothing new; for me it’s a winning combination of cake, fruit, jam and the cream that raises these beauties way above your standard cupcake. Just a few tweaks, here and there and you’ve styled these to gasps of wow status…
- Start with your best vanilla cake recipe then add a good handful of golden sultanas; make sure they are well mixed – you don’t want them all in one cupcake or sitting at the bottom of the pan
- Core the cupcakes rather than slicing a dome out of the top of them – this way you get plenty of jam inside
- Fill them with the best strawberry jam you can get – not necessarily one with too much actual fruit in it, you want it relatively smooth for optimal jam to cake ratio
- Top it off with the ultimate sugar rush in the form of a whipped vanilla and clotted cream buttercream
- Decorate with the first, sweet and sunny strawberries of the season
- Then eat… may I suggest a fork… and a bib!
Tempted? Tastebuds in overdrive yet at the thought of these sinfully, wickedly good strawberries and cream cupcakes? Do you fancy giving them a go?
Alzheimer’s Society Cupcake Day, 14th June
Did you know that cupcake day is coming up on 14th June, in support of The Alzheimer’s Society?
So why not celebrate the arrival of summer and support this amazing charity who are the rocks to so many people affected by Alzheimer’s. This cruel and heart-breaking disease has robbed so many people I know of their loved ones, there is still so much we don’t know about it. Did you know, that in the UK someone develops dementia every three minutes, and currently there is no cure?
So please head on over to The Alzheimer’s Society Cupcake Day page to find out how you can get involved, download the fundraising pack and get baking. Take them to work, share them with friends, or just keep them all to yourself. Whatever way, raise as much money as you can…
If you bake in support of the Alzheimer’s Society Cupcake Day, please let me know and share your bakes and flavour combinations, especially if you give these strawberries and cream cupcakes a whirl. Drop me a comment and star rating below.
If you’re looking for other cupcake recipes to bake and raise tons of cash with, then look no further than…
PS: these ones are for my brother; the love of a good scone definitely runs in the family genes!
Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes
Yield 12-16 cupcakes
It's always cream on top with these Cotswold afternoon tea inspired Strawberries and Cream cupcakes - light and fluffy sultana cakes filled with strawberry jam and finished with clotted cream buttercream and fresh fruit. Bringing the taste of the Cotswolds to your kitchen.
For the Cupcakes:
- 200g Slightly Salted Butter
- 200g Golden Caster Sugar
- 4 Eggs, Medium
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 200g Self-Raising Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 100g Sultanas
For the Buttercream and to Decorate:
- 250g Icing Sugar
- 200g Slightly Salted Butter
- 50g Clotted Cream
- 1tsp Vanilla Extract
- Strawberry Jam
- Fresh strawberries
To Make the Cupcakes:
- Preheat oven to 180C or 160C (fan) and line a deep muffin tray with 12 cupcake cases.
- Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until softened. Alternatively, you can make the cake batter, in a large mixing bowl, by hand or with an electric hand whisk.
- Add the caster sugar to the softened butter and cream until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, to the creamed mixture. Beat well between adding each egg.
- Add the vanilla extract, and mix until well combined.
- Sift the flour and baking powder together, and add to the mixture. Gently mix together until the cake batter is soft and smooth.
- Add the sultanas and gently fold into the batter.
- Use an ice cream scoop to divide the batter between the cupcake cases, approximately 1 scoop per case.
- Bake for 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Leave to cool on a wire rack.
To Make the Buttercream:
- In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat the butter until soft. Add the vanilla extract and half of the icing sugar and clotted cream. Beat until smooth.
- Add the remaining icing sugar and clotted cream. Beat until smooth. Be careful not to overbeat the frosting as the cream will slacken and maybe runny when piping.
- If the buttercream is too stiff, add a tsp of whole milk and beat until smooth.
- With an apple corer hollow the cupcakes and fill with the strawberry jam.
- Fill a piping bag fitted with a 1cm star nozzle with the clotted cream buttercream.
- Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes in a swirl shape.
- Decorate with fresh strawberries and eat!
Not a fan of strawberries - how about swapping them out for raspberries? The tart flavour will cut through the sweet cake and buttercream.
I normally top off with strawberries, raspberries and red currants for lots of fruit but I couldn't find any red currants this time - maybe you could try black currants instead?
As they have fresh fruit on the top, the cupcakes are best eaten within 1 day, or top off with fruit when you're ready to serve.
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Cupcake Day is Thursday 14th June, in support of The Alzheimer’s Society. To find out more about the work that they do, please visit The Alzheimer Society website. Views are my own; I was not asked to support this charity, they are one I chose to support.