Valentine’s Day strawberry cupcakes

These cupcakes are perfect for Valentine’s Day, and make 12: plenty for all! Edible red cherry dust can be sparkled on top of the frosting too, to give it that sparkly edge.

Ingredients 

Coconut cupcake

  • 215g golden caster sugar
  • 110g plain flour or gluten free flour
  • 120g dessicated coconut
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 130ml coconut almond milk

Frosting

  • 400g dairy free cream cheese
  • 120g strawberry jam

Method

  1. Preheat the oven at 165 degrees, gas mark 4. Line a 12 muffin pan with muffin paper cases.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder and baking soda.
  3. Put all dry ingredients from the cupcake ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add the vinegar and coconut almond milk.
  4. Beat until combined – about 1 min.
  5. Divide evenly among the 12 paper cases, fill about 4/5.
  6. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. They will only have a slight golden colour.
  7. While they’re baking, make the frosting. Beat together the cream ‘cheese’ and jam to make a light, fluffy icing. Option: add a few drops vegan red food colouring.
  8. Spoon or pipe onto the cakes once they’ve cooled. Decorate with a few blueberries or any fancy sugar decoration. You can also decorate them by cutting the outside skin of strawberries in slices. Make a little heart in each slice, using a tiny heart cutter and decorate the cupcake delicately.

Recipe by Danielle Maupertuis, Executive Pastry Chef

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