Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The batter was pretty standard, but had some interesting ingredients (like the puree I already mentioned, as well as egg whites). With the 1/3 cup of strawberry puree in it, I had really expected the batter to be pinker than it was!
Then the frosting.... here things got a little weird. The recipe called for two sticks of butter.... cold. How you are supposed to make frosting out of cold butter is beyond me. Even my fabulous KitchenAid mixer was having a tough time of it trying to blend cold butter into a "light and fluffy" consistency. It never actually got all that light or fluffy, and as I (attempted to) pipe it onto the cupcakes, I could see there were still little chunks of butter intact. Next time I will definitely use room temperature butter. Weird. Anyway maybe it was the butter problem or something else, but it never looked that great either; it almost looked curdled, and certainly not "dense and creamy like ice cream" like the recipe claimed!
I didn't actually try them, since I don't like frosting, never mind cake, but Mom said that they were good. They tasted like strawberries - which is no surprise with all the puree in there!
from Martha Stewart, originally from Sprinkles Bakery