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24Mar/10

Beater Licking Good.

One of the happiest childhood memories that I have is licking the beaters whenever I helped my Mom in the kitchen. Whether it was cookie dough or brownie batter or icing, licking the beaters was always the best part about baking at that young age. It's that little preview of the treat you're helping to create, that little something extra that seems like it shouldn't be allowed but it is.

I also have a less than happy childhood memory associated with the beaters. When I was a kid I had long curly brown hair that I would always get compliments on. I'm sure you can see where this is going. Long hair + beaters = bad news. So this one time when I was helping my Mom with the baking I got a little too close for comfort and a piece of my hair zipped right into the running beaters and yanked out. Ouch. It wasn't much but it still hurt. Needless to say we didn't eat that batch of cookies and from then on I was to tie my hair back when helping in the kitchen. But I did get to eat some Soda-Licious gummy fruit snacks to ease the pain and dry my tears. That was never allowed at home. Fruit snacks were strictly for school lunches and nothing else, though I did attempt to sneak them whenever I could.

The reason for all this nostalgia about beaters is yet to come. As an adult I don't normally lick the beaters anymore. I tend to just throw them in the sink and my inner child always fights to get free and save the smidgen of wasted batter still clinging to them. There are times though when licking the beaters is absolutely necessary like with this White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting. I stood there in my kitchen and licked clean the spatula, the scraped bowl and the mixing paddle. I couldn't help myself. My inner child made me do it. My electric beaters might have transformed into a Kitchen Aid Mixer paddle attachment, but that doesn't mean I'm not allowed to lick it.









Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes
Makes 2 dozen cupcakes.

Source: Adapted from Piece of Cake's Strawberry Cupcakes.

2 1/4 cup cake flour (or substitute)
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup strawberry puree
4 egg whites
1/4 cup milk
Juice from 2 lemons for syrup
1/4 cup powdered sugar for syrup

















































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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and position a rack in the center. Line two muffin tins with cupcake liners and set them aside.

Stir together the cake flour, sugar, baking powder and salt either with a whisk or with a stand mixer on stir speed. Add the butter and mix on low speed until it's well blended and resembles course crumbs. Add the strawberry puree then mix on low speed then increase the speed to medium and beat it for 2 – 3 minutes until the mixture is light and fluffy.

In a large bowl whisk together the egg whites and milk then, with the mixer running, add it to the batter gradually in 2 or 3 additions making sure to scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.


Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin tins and bake them for 20 – 22 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. While they're baking, make the lemonade syrup by stirring together the lemon juice and powdered sugar until there are no lumps. Cool the cupcakes on cooling racks for 5 – 10 minutes then poke holes in them with a fork. Spoon the lemonade syrup over each one, making sure it soaks into the holes instead of just rolling off.














White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Source: Adapted from Piece of Cake's White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting.

1 250g pkg cream cheese, room temperature
4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
3 ounces white chocolate, melted and cooled
1 tsp vanilla extract













With an electric mixer blend together the cream cheese and powdered sugar on low speed at first then medium speed until it's light and fluffy. Add the melted chocolate and vanilla and mix it until it's just combined.

Refrigerate the frosting until you're ready to use it. Once the cupcakes are cooled spoon the frosting into a piping bag fitted with the tip of your choice and frost away. Enjoy!







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  1. Cute! I will make these for Easter!

  2. I’m not sure if you remember, but I think I cried more than you did when you caught your hair in the beaters. I still wince when I recall that day. Memory video captured for all posterity. From kitchen abuse to creative food designer, photographer and writer. Who would have thought?

    XX00
    Mom

    p.s. You’re never too old to lick beaters. I do :)

  3. No I don’t remember that. I remember the Soda-Licious fruit snacks more than anything actually. My memory video must be a little more forgiving than yours. ;)

  4. These cupcakes look perfectly beautiful. I love the shot of the pastry bag with the cupcakes. Lovely.

  5. Your writing is hilarious! I’m visiting from the Foodie Blogroll and can’t stop reading your funny posts. I hear ya on the 3/4 lost cup! We love Alberta and can’t wait to take our kids to visit the mountains there someday. I love to cook, but read lots and lots of crafty and art blogs as well. You go girl – create as you will and I’m sure it’ll turn out wonderful. You can’t go wrong when you’re pursuing your passion :)

  6. Thanks very much Sarah! Alberta is beautiful, but I still haven’t been to see the mountains in the six months I’ve lived here. This summer for sure! :)

  7. Beaters + hair = pain! Ouch! Looks like you weren’t scarred for life, though! You’re back in the kitchen and doing beautiful things! These cupcakes look wonderful! I have frozen strawberries in my fridge that need using before the Spring crop comes in… this looks like just the ticket!

    This is my first time at your site, Lindsey. Found you at Foodie BlogRoll. It’s a really nice-looking site … love how you post the ‘snapshots’, love the dot design, will be back for more!

  8. Thanks so much Susan! It would take more than a close encounter with electric beaters to keep me out of the kitchen.

    Thanks for the compliments on my design too! I try to make all things pretty. I hope to see you back here soon. :)

  9. These look amazing! Yum!

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  11. Good evening, Happy Easter 2010!

  12. We tried this recipe, and found the glaze to be a bit runny; we wondered if this made our cupcakes a bit soggy? We had a ton of icing leftover; great for snacking on, but too much for the two dozen cupcakes!
    We found them to taste kinda eggy n the texture of the cake didnt seem quite right…. maybe too much baking powder? too many eggs? we werent sure what the problem was…
    Other than that, they had a great colour and the strawberry addition was beautifully fragrant! We wondered if anyone else found they had any like results, and could share their ideas to remedy this experience?
    Thanks!
    Karen and Teri :)

  13. Karen and Teri,

    I probably shouldn’t have called the lemonade part a glaze because that would imply that it’s thick and doesn’t penetrate the cupcakes. It’s supposed to infuse the tops of the cupcakes slightly. Yes too much would make them soggy, but you only put about a tbsp or 2 on each. That might seem like a lot but the lemon is a great surprise to both taste and smell.

    I also had way too much icing leftover, but I personally don’t like to put a large amount of icing on my cupcakes since it’s too sugary. For that reason I left the full recipe there in case someone else liked to generously frost their cupcakes. Better to have too much than not enough I guess. I ended up using the leftover frosting on my Vanilla Jelly Bean Cupcakes so that worked out well.

    I didn’t find them to be too eggy, but that all depends on personal taste. Did you use whole eggs or just the whites? Using just the whites of the eggs makes it a lot lighter in taste and texture in my experience.

    It does seem like a lot of baking powder at first, but I’ve found that you need a bit more baking powder in recipes with fruit puree, citrus zest or juices in them. I’m not sure what kind of chemical reaction it is but it’s just something I’ve observed.

    I’m so glad you tried them and liked them. If you have anymore questions I’d be happy to help. :)


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