Who LOVES Strawberries? ME!

Posted on August 13, 2012. Filed under: Decorating Tips, Food, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

Weddings, graduations and birthdays mark a significant and joyous time in people’s lives calling for celebration.  Invitations are sent, venues are rented, balloons are blown up, food is prepared and cakes are iced.

Throughout the Old Testament and continuing on today, Jewish believers celebrate significant times of God’s provision and protection with feasts and festivals.  The three main annual festivals are: Passover (celebrating God’s deliverance through the exodus), Pentecost (a thanksgiving festival occurring fifty days after Passover.) and Tabernacles or Booths (celebrating provision through the final harvest ingathering).  God wanted the Israelites to celebrate, and He wants us to celebrate His provision and protection today as well.

Celebrate God’s provision and protection in your life with my 3 recipes for celebration cupcakes, which I will be posting on the website through out this week.   Starting with Sweet & flavorful Strawberries, today’s recipe features classic strawberry shortcake cupcakes! Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

Ingredients

8oz margarine

7.5oz caster sugar

9oz self-raising flour

4 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla essence

Strawberry jam

  1. Cream together sugar and margarine.
  2. Sift flour.  Alternate adding flour and eggs at a time to the mixture.
  3. Add vanilla and whisk for a couple of minutes to incorporate air, making a fluffier mixture.
  4. Evenly place mixture in 20-24 cupcake cases and bake at 160 degrees Celsius for 10-12 minutes or until slightly golden.
  5. Once cooled, cut a cone shape out of the top of the cupcake. Cut the point off the cone. Fill the cupcake with strawberry jam. Replace top. Frost with Philadelphia icing. Add strawberry and chocolate curls.

Philadelphia Cheese Icing

300 g icing sugar, sifted

50 g unsalted butter, at room temperature

125 g cream Philadelphia cheese, cold

To make the icing, beat the icing sugar and butter together until the mixture is well mixed.  Add the cream cheese in one go and beat until it is completely incorporated.  Continue beating for another couple of minutes until it is light and fluffy.

Tip: Make chocolate curls by peeling a bar of good quality chocolate with a vegetable peeler.  Make a Strawberry fan by cutting small parallel slits in the bottom of a large strawberry, stopping just short of the top. Once you make several slits, twist the top for a fan.

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