A simply gorgeous incarnation from 6 Bittersweet
Today is the first day of Wimbledon, so Cupcake Monday had to be about strawberries and cream! A simple pleasure, there's nothing like a sweet, red strawberry made decadent with a dollup of ultra nutritious thick cream! Ah, but sometimes you must. And it's tradition!
Is it just me or are sweet strawberries hard to come by? Would you believe I didn't know strawberries were supposed to taste sweet until I was 26 years old and ate a particularly perfect specimen at my uncle's wedding? It was a revelation. One of pure embarrassment as when I exclaimed "Wow! These strawberries are amazing, they're so sweet! Are strawberries supposed to be sweet?'' I was met with the kind of looks that say "I hope you're getting a taxi home." Oh, and I guess raspberries are meant to be sweet as well, I only figured that out last year when I finally found one that wasn't tart. I grew up near the fruit belt in Ontario. There is no excuse for having grown up with sour berries! Luckily, there's a stall at the Tynemouth market near where I now live in England that has the most amazingly fragrant and SWEET strawberries. So much wasted chewing.
Click the links for the recipes for these ripe and creamy beauties.
This recipe from Woman and Home uses strawberries in the icing for full-on fruity flavour:
These fairy cakes from the BBC have a jam surprise in the middle, which I have to admit I honestly don't care for! I prefer cake all the way through which of course you can do as well: