Strawberry & polenta cupcakes

Strawberry & polenta cupcakes

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(26 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins

Easy

Makes 12 cakes
These cupcakes are little portions of perfection and are great to share with friends

Nutrition and extra info

  • Un-iced

Nutrition: per cake

  • kcal271
  • fat12g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs40g
  • sugars26g
  • fibre1g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.19g
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Ingredients

  • 140g unsalted butter, softened
  • 140g golden caster sugar
  • grated zest ½ lemon
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 85g polenta
    Polenta

    Polenta

    poh-len-tah

    An Italian storecupboard staple, polenta has its roots in the peasant cuisine of northern Italy…

  • 3 eggs, beaten
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 140g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

    bay-king pow-dah

    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 1 tbsp milk

    Milk

    mill-k

    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 140g strawberries, hulled and chopped into chunks
    Strawberries

    Strawberry

    straw-bare-ee

    Once available in Britain for just a brief period during the summer, strawberries are now a year…

To decorate

  • 140g icing sugar
  • 3 strawberries, hulled and roughly chopped, plus 6 halved, for decoration
    Strawberries

    Strawberry

    straw-bare-ee

    Once available in Britain for just a brief period during the summer, strawberries are now a year…

  • lemon juice

Method

  1. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases and heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and lemon zest until pale and fluffy. Add the polenta and continue to whisk until combined. Beat in the eggs, a little at a time.

  2. Sift in flour and baking powder, then fold in quickly with a large spoon or spatula until you have a thick batter (the mixture may look lumpy because of the polenta). Stir in the milk to loosen, then gently fold in the chopped strawberries. Divide the mixture between the paper cases, then bake for 20 mins or until golden, risen and springy to touch. Cool for a few mins, then place the cakes on a wire rack to cool completely. The cakes can now be stored in an airtight container for up to two days.

  3. Carefully peel the cases off the cakes. Sift the icing sugar into a large bowl. Place the chopped strawberries in a bowl with 1 tsp lemon juice and mash with a fork until pulpy. Push through a sieve over the icing sugar (you only need a few drops of juice to colour the icing a rosy pink). Stir in more lemon juice, a dribble at a time, until you have a thick yet fluid paste. Dip the top of each cake into the icing, then top immediately with a strawberry half. Leave to set, then serve.

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cooking4grandma
2nd May, 2012
5.05
Delicious! Will definitely make again.
nicolafielding
29th Jun, 2011
5.05
just as good with blueberries, yummm
lynda3121
19th Jun, 2011
I made these little buns ths morning, and they are perfectly yummy! couldn't find polenta so used coconut, I iced mine when they where still a little warm.... mmmmm I'll be baking them again!
salvia
12th Jun, 2011
Agnes 46 Use Dove Gluten free flour instead of normal flour. The texture will be slightly different, but still delicious.
chrisgalea
27th May, 2011
5.05
Delicious! I used almonds instead of polenta and they were a hit.
carolyn12
8th May, 2011
5.05
Great cupcakes. Substituted polenta with ground almonds.
camilla_99
17th Oct, 2010
4.05
Quite filling with a strange texture, but they have a refreshing flavour
andysbakes
11th Aug, 2010
Gorgeous!! Made these last night for a friend & they were lovely. Taste just as good without the icing for those trying to save on calories. Easy to make & will to do again.
liddlemalton
5th Aug, 2010
morrisons and sainsburys both sell polenta - hope it helps. i found it in morrisons by the rice etc
emmajl
12th Jul, 2010
4.05
Really easy to make, this recipe produced lovely little cupcakes that were devoured in minutes.

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