Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Strawberry Supernova

Strawberry cake with crushed Oreo cookies baked inside topped with a trio of frosting and an element of surprise

This is the remnant of a supernova that was the brightest supernova in recorded human history which was seen on the Earth beginning in the year 1006 AD. The supernova was about 7,200 light years away from Earth.

Strawberry Oreo Cake:
(makes about 18)
2/3 c fresh strawberries, pureed
1 1/2 c sifted flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 c milk, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 stick butter, room temperature
1 c sugar
1 egg, room temperature
2 egg whites, room temperature
about 24 Oreo cookies

Butter Cream Frosting:
2 sticks butter, slightly cold
3 c powdered sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp strawberries, purred
2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, melted

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line about 18 cupcake cups with paper liners.
2. Place an Oreo halve on the bottom of each liner for a sweet surprise.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
4. In a small bowl mix together milk, vanilla, and strawberry puree; set aside.
5. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter until it is light and fluffy. Slowly add the sugar and beat until fluffy. Slowly beat in the egg and egg whites until blended.
6. Add half of the flour mixture beating on low speed. Add the milk mixture and mix until just blended. Slowly add the remaining flour mixture, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
7. Crush up about 12 Oreo cookies and fold into the batter.

8. Divide the batter evenly amongst the prepared cups.
9. Bake for about 22 to 25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely prior to frosting.

10. Make the frosting and frost cupcakes. To create an explosive stellar look, use a star attachment fitted to a frosting bag and hold the bag at a 45 degree angle to the surface and as you squeeze the frosting, pull the tip up and away from the cake. Work your way from the outer edge in.

I listened to DJ Tiesto's album, Elements of Life, for some good baking energy

Beat butter and salt together in the bowl of an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Reduce the speed and slowly add powdered sugar beating until well combined. Divide the mixture among 3 small bowls; mix melted chocolate into one, pureed strawberries into another, and leave the remaining one plain.

She loves cupcakes :o)

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