Sweet Home Desserts (Recipes)

A collection of dessert recipes courtesy of Sweet Home by Phoenicia food writer Rebecca Miller Ffrench How to make: Strawberry Surprise Cupcakes, Mom’s Banana Cake, Black Bottom Ice Cream Pie, Pistachio Lover’s Pound Cake, Wacky Cakes-in-a-Cone, Sugared Mango and Anna Banana Muffins, and Nilla Wafer Pudding


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The following are recipes from Sweet Home (Kyle Books, $24.95) by Phoenicia food writer Rebecca Miller Ffrench.

Strawberry Surprise Cupcakes

Serves 24

Tantalizing with thick frosting and a thin slice of strawberry, these cupcakes are especially hard to resist. The sweet pink color invites you to take a bite, and then the surprise: There’s a smidge of strawberry frosting inside the cupcake, too. Children and adults alike appreciate the fresh berry flavor (no red food coloring used) paired with the delicate, tender cake. Look for colorful red or pink cupcake liners when baking these adorable cakes.

• About ¾ cup hulled strawberries
• 2½ cups cake flour
• 3½ tsp baking powder
• 8 Tbs (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
• 1¼ cups sugar
• 2 large egg whites
• 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 1 cup whole milk

Strawberry frosting:
• About ¾ cup hulled strawberries
• 24 strawberry slices for garnish
• 12 oz (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
• 4½ cups confectioners’ sugar
• 1½ tsp pure vanilla extract

To make cupcakes:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a standard 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.
  2. Puree the strawberries in a food processor or blender. You should get about ½ cup puree; if not, puree a few more strawberries to yield ½ cup. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together on medium-high for four minutes. Add the egg whites and beat for one minute on medium, stopping and scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add the strawberry puree and vanilla extract and mix on medium for 30 more seconds.
  5. In five portions, alternately add the flour mixture and milk to the mixer bowl, beginning and ending with the flour and mixing well after each addition, about 20 to 30 seconds. Fill the liners halfway with batter and bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for five minutes, then gently release the cupcakes onto a wire rack to cool completely.

To make strawberry frosting:

  1. Puree the strawberries to yield ½ cup.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter for four minutes, or until light and fluffy. Add the strawberries and mix. (The mixture may seem curdled, but will come together with the addition of the sugar.)
  3. Sift the confectioners’ sugar into the bowl one cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract. Set aside.
  4. Using a teaspoon, gently scoop out a spoonful of cake from the center of each cupcake. Fill the cavity with frosting using a pastry bag or plastic bag with the corner snipped off. Replace the scooped-out cake piece. Frost the top of each cupcake and top with a strawberry slice.

» Back to all recipes

» Page 2: Mom’s Banana Cake recipe
» Page 3: Black Bottom Ice Cream Pie recipe
» Page 4: Pistachio Lover’s Pound Cake recipe
» Page 5: Wacky Cakes-in-a-Cone recipe
» Page 6: Sugared Mango and Anna Banana Muffins recipe
» Page 7: Nilla Wafer Pudding recipe


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