You might remember when I shared the Strawberry Riciarelli a couple of weeks back I said I'd be sharing more strawberry recipes, well I'm here today to deliver on that promise.
I love strawberry season! Beautiful plump red berries bursting with sweetness that are so delicious it's so hard not to eat them as is, or even better, dipped in warm chocolate ganache, which is how we've enjoyed them on more than one occasion. There's always something decadent about fresh strawberries that you dip in chocolate before popping into your mouth.
However I had some left over berries begging to be used and cupcakes were on my mind and that's how these Strawberry Meringue Cupcakes came about. I love fruit curds. Lemon curd being a definite favourite, however the strawberry curd filling these cupcakes is just as good, but for different reasons. It has that beautiful sweet strawberry flavour and the beautiful scent of freshly cut strawberries. It was difficult not to eat all the curd before filling the cupcakes!
Given the sweetness of the strawberries I reduced the amount of sugar in the curd, which is what I think makes the curd so easy to eat. Even if you don't make my strawberry meringue cupcakes, and I think you should not only because they are delicious, but because they are fun too with their red swirled meringue topping, please try the strawberry curd. It would be fantastic on scones, used to fill store bought pastry cups, on pancakes and even on toast.
So tell me, how are you enjoying strawberries at the moment?
Strawberry Meringue Cupcakes
- 160 g of butter at room temperature
- 1 cup of sugar
- 3 eggs at room temperature
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups of plain flour all purpose
- ½ tsp of baking powder
- ¼ tsp of baking soda
- ¼ tsp of salt
- ½ cup of milk
- STRAWBERRY CURD:
- 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
- 60 g caster sugar
- 40 g butter
- 120 g of strawberries hulled
- MERINGUE TOPPING:
- 3 egg whites
- ¾ cup of caster sugar
- Red gel food colouring optional
- Preheat the oven to 160 Celsius (320 Fahrenheit) and line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Reduce the mixer to low and add the eggs, 1 at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition.
- In a separate bowl, or even better a jug, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In another jug measure out the milk and add the vanilla extract.
- With the mixer still on low alternately add the flour and milk and mix until just combined.
- Divide the batter between the 12 cupcake liners and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the tops are golden and a cake tester comes out cleanly. Remove to a baking rack and cool completely before filling with the curd.
- To make the strawberry curd begin by placing the strawberries in the bowl of a food processor and pureeing until smooth. Strain the strawberries mixture into a jug through a fine mesh sieve to remove any pips. Place the egg, egg yolk and sugar in a saucepan and whisk until smooth. Add the butter, strawberry juice and place over a medium low heat. Whisk until thickened, this will take between 5 to 10 minutes. The mixture will be ready when you can see a slight trail from the whisk in the mixture. It will thicken further when refrigerated.
- Cut a circle in the top of each cupcake and scoop out some of the cupcake from the center and fill with strawberry curd. Trim the circle you removed earlier and then replace on the cupcake. Repeat with each cupcake.
- Preheat the oven to 160 degrees celsius.
- To make the meringue topping, place a saucepan of water over a medium heat on the stove top and bring to a simmer. Place the bowl from your mixer over the heat and add the egg whites and sugar and whisk by hand until the sugar is dissolved. You can test this by rubbing the mixture between your fingers and if it's at all gritty keep whisking. Remove from the heat and attach the bowl to the stand mixer and whisk at a medium speed for 10 minutes, or until thick and glossy and stiff peaks form.
- Prepare a piping bag and paint stripes of the food colouring along the piping bag (you can use a small paint brush or cotton tip for this) and fill with the meringue mixture. Pipe the mixture on top of the cupcakes and bake in the oven for 5 to 7 minutes, or until lightly set on the outside. Alternatively use a hand held torch.
It looks really great in the photos, but I was really confused when I realised it didn't seem to be vegan. I thought your website was supposed to be vegan??? That's the only reason why I came here... Apart from that it's great!
The website is actually both vegetarian and vegan recipes. I am eating more and more vegan these days, but many of the older recipes would be vegetarian only. I'm actually going back when I can and adding vegan options everywhere possible! You can go to the recipes tab in the menu and click "vegan" to get a view of only the vegan-friendly recipes on the site.
Josephine Power says
love the photographs
Vera Zecevic - Cupcakes Garden says
Adorable cupcakes and adorable images! Just perfect for my cupcakes recipes & ideas blog daily pick! Regards
I love the idea of painting the piping bag, I think the swirled effect in the icing looks so pretty!
Sara (Belly Rumbles) says
They are so so pretty. Would be so lovely at a girly tea party.
these are positively swoon-worthy... so whimsical!
Adrian (Food Rehab) says
I've never had strawberry curd - brilliant idea! It looks amazing.
Nami | Just One Cookbook says
I love your pink cupcakes with all the pink decoration in the pictures! So pretty!!! I recently made strawberry frozen yogurt using organic super sweet strawberries.. I still have some in the freezer and slowly enjoying it. 😀 I wish I have your cupcakes though. Must be nice to eat homemade strawberry cupcakes (I've never had - so sad!).
Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef says
What beautiful cupcakes! I love meringue and could eat TWO of these delights now.
Have never had strawberry curd, but I think I'd like it. These cupcakes are so pretty. . . .
Iron Chef Shellie says
How do you seriously make such good looking food all the freakin time!! haha
These look fantastic! Can't wait to make them myself 😀
Just beautiful cupcakes and the recipe looks so delicious. Your photos are fantastic, hope you are doing well 🙂
I am planning to make MANY of these cupcakes for my daughters 21st birthday next month. I would love to make them in advance . Is this recipe suitable for freezing. ?
Hi Kim, you could freeze the cupcakes once baked and before filling them with the strawberry curd and frosting them. I'd defrost and fill them with the curd on the day (or even the day before) you need them and then add the meringue frosting on the day. I hope that helps 😀
lizzie - strayed from the table says
These look totally drool worthy. Making a good use of our season's strawberries.
These are just gorgeous!They are so very pretty and I’ll bet they taste brilliant too.I love making cupcakes.I have never even thought of strawberry curd, how delicious would that be. Thanks for sharing.
Sneh | Cook Republic says
I am so so loving the idea of Strawberry Curd! gorgeous!
They look amazing! I'm planning on making scones soon, think I'll make the strawberry curd to go with them!
These look so delicious. Love the colors!
Oh wow, these are so pretty! And I love the sound of the strawberry curd filling. Yum!
Kiran @ KiranTarun.com says
That meringue has my name all over it. Seriously 😀
I've been loving your wedding countdown on Facebook. So fun!
Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says
I adore the idea of strawberry curd and fluffy meringue on top! It's a magical combo Jennifer! 🙂
Thanks Lorraine 😀
erin @ yummy supper says
Jennnifer, I'm not sure what sounds more delicious - the strawberry curd or that gorgeous meringue. Wow. What a strawberry feast you have for us today!
Love the look of these! I have a big bag of strawberries in my freezer which I have been wondering how to use - this might be it! I drive past a strawberry farm every day on my way to/from work and sometimes I pick up a big box of their 2nds, for $10, which is a bargain!! So I need to find more recipes for these sweet berries lol I'm having friends over next week - will send them home with these!
Loving the swirl 🙂 so pretty! I made an apple and strawberry crumble last night - delish!
Wow these look lovely 🙂 and guess what I have a large tub of strawberries in the fridge so i think it's time i put them into good use!
Thanks for the recipe!
Lizzy (Good Things) says
Jennifer, your cupcakes always look AMAZING!
Joanna @ Chic & Gorgeous Treats says
These are truly beautiful and I know that they will be a hit and definitely delish! I love the fact it has strawberry curd and it's a meringue frosting. I like the red coloured swirls too.. Just make everything look so girly and pretty. I have been on citrus and berry craze lately and you have just given me a perfect idea on what to do with my strawberries. Have a wonderful week ahead. Cheers, Jo
These are utterly beautiful! I love the swirl of the meringue, such a perfect way to celebrate strawberries!
Thanks Kathryn 😀 I love the meringue swirl topping too.
These look delicious. The frosting reminds me of those gorgeous strawberries and cream swirled sweets you can buy.
You're right, it does look like those swirled lollies. 😀
Divine! Those cupcakes look ever so tempting and delicious.
Wow these look amazing! I have never even thought of strawberry curd, how delicious would that be.
I must admit though I rarely bake with strawberries - they are one of the fruits I love to eat raw, just as they are (or perhaps will a touch of double cream on the side...)
Claire @ Claire K Creations says
I am in love with strawberries at the moment. I bought a 500g punnet yesterday and have nearly eaten all of them already. They're just so delicious.
Maybe I should save some and make your curd?
No strawberries down here at this time of the year unless we ship them down from your end of the country, Jen. But these cupcakes are an absolute work of art! They are so very pretty and I'll bet they taste brilliant too - wish I was your next door neighbour.
That would be wonderful if we were neighbours...and dangerous for the waistline I imagine 😉
Choc Chip Uru says
I am digging the strawberry theme running through your posts my friend, it looks so fresh and delicious 😀
We are so thinking cupcakes!
Choc Chip Uru
At this moment.. am eating berries like crazy. Sometime dipped in cream and sometime just plain. I love how neatly you made the swirl on the cup cakes. Such pretty presentation!
Thanks Kankana 😀
Suzanne Perazzini says
They look so purdy with that red swirl in the topping. Unfortunately it's not strawberry season here right now so I am very jealous of you all. My favourite curd is also lemon because of its tartness against sweet food like meringue.
Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
I've been thinking of making a berry curd - what a great idea to incorporate strawberry curd in these beautiful cupcakes!
Magic of Spice says
These are just gorgeous! I am allergic to strawberry, but I suspect another berry would be lovely as well.