Michelle prepared a recipe of Cupcakes with Fresh Fruit Icing for a lesser guilt dessert at the South Arm Cooking Club for Older Adults.
Michelle used strawberries for the fresh fruit icing. Here are some health benefits of strawberries from Besthealthmag.ca.
- excellent source of Vitamin C
- good source of potassium and fiber
- considered an immunity booster”
- may promote eye health and help prevent cataracts
- may also help reduce inflammation in joints
- helps to regulate blood pressure
- helps fight bad cholesterol
- best health dubs strawberry ‘one of the most heart-healthy fruits you can eat’
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- zest of 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 1/2 cups berries (raspberries, strawberries or blackberries), plus extra fruit or crystallized flower petals for garnishing
- 1 1/2 to 3 cups or more icing sugar
source: Jamie Oliver.com
|Preheat oven to 375F. Beat the butter and granulated sugar together with a wooden spoon or with a stand mixer until very light and fluffy.
Add the eggs one at a time, beating each one in well before you add the next.
|Sift flour and baking powder.
Add flour mixture to wet ingredients. Add milk. Whisk to mix well.
Fold lemon zest into the batter just until blended. Do not over mix.
|Place 18 to 22 paper baking cups into 2 muffin tins. Use an ice-scoop (or tablespoon) to evenly divide the mixture between the paper baking cups. Add 1/2″ water to empty muffin tins.
Bake the cup cakes in the 375F preheated oven for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If the toothpick comes out slight sticky, bake for another 5 minutes. Do not over bake or the cup cakes will go dry.
Remove the cup cakes from the tins and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
|Mash up 1 1/2 cups of your chosen berries with a fork or whiz in a hand held food processor. If the fruit has seeds, you may want to pass it through a sieve to make it smooth.
Stir together with the icing sugar or whiz with a hand held food processor until you have a smooth paste.
|Top the cooled cup cakes with the fresh fruit icing.