The recipe - as I did, not strictly going by the book.
125g plain flour
140g caster sugar
1½ tsp baking powder
A pinch of salt
40g unsalted butter, at room temperature
115ml whole milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large free range egg
9 large strawberries, chopped into small pieces
100g digestive biscuits
12-hole cupcake tray, lined with paper cases
For the frosting:
300g icing sugar, sifted
50g quality unsalted butter, at room temperature
125g cream cheese, cold (make sure it's a quality cream cheese like Philly)
1. Preheat the oven to 160°C. Place the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and unsalted butter in an electric mixer with a paddle attachment or use a handheld electric whisk, and beat on slow speed until you get a sandy consistency and everything is combined.
2. Pour in the milk and beat on a medium speed until all the ingredients are combined. Now whisk the egg with the vanilla extract and add to the mixture, beat well for a few minutes to ensure the ingredients are well mixed.
3. Divide the chopped strawberries between the paper cases:
and bake in the preheated oven for 20 to25 minutes. Leave them to cool in their tray for 5 minutes before putting them on a wire rack.
4. Meanwhile, make the frosting by beating the icing sugar with the unsalted butter together in an electric mixer with a paddle attachment or use a handheld electric whisk on medium-slow speed until the mixture comes together and is well mixed. I found that my handheld mixer worked wonders here!
Add the cream cheese in one go and beat it until it is completely incorporated. Turn the mixer up to medium-high speed. Continue beating until the frosting is light and fluffy, at least five minutes.
5. Roughly break up the digestive biscuits and put them in a food processor. Process until finely ground. When the cupcakes are cold, spatuler on the cream cheese frosting on top and finish with a sprinkling of finely ground biscuits.
So there you are! I loved making these, they looked so pretty and the finished result tasted much better than I would have imagined (and I imagined they'd taste pretty good anyway!) The frosting used was a cream cheese one, something I've mentioned having issues with on here before. But, after ditching the electric mixer in favour of my hand held mixer for this recipe I am a complete convert now! The frosting turned out brilliant, almost nicer than a straight-up buttercream. So, unless I get that fancy £300 mixer for Christmas, I'm sticking to a handheld mixer from now on.
The addition of the digestives on top definitely gave them a lovely cheesecakeyness too.
One thing I was concerned about was the how soggy they might be with all those strawberries on the bottom, and, they were a little 'moist' but I think these are more of a desert cupcake anyway - best eaten with a plate and fork so that didn't matter.
I would definitely make these again, one of my favourites.