Friday, April 9, 2010

Strawberry Chiffon Cupcakes & Papaya Milkshake

I guess to some people renovating their house can be a pretty exciting thing. It's like giving your house a face lift. Gone with the old and here to stay are the new. :) New furniture, new appliances and even to some extend, new ambiance to your living space. Okay, fun aside, there is A LOT of work involve here. You need to scout for a good contractor, walk through with them the quotations, calculate if it's not over-budget. Also driving to most of the furniture and Electronic stores and hunt for new appliances and furniture. You have to choose your sink, your Kitchen forcet, curtains blah blah blah, you know what I mean. Basically my main concern is a good oven and a trusty stove top, so for other stuff, I'm pretty much like "Not bad can already". But again, I am building my home...who doesn't want a nice place to stay in?! Anyway, I am just in the beginning of it all, so it'll be quite awhile before I can seat back, relax in my nice cosy home and blog away. :P

Today I have again went on to bake one of my girls' favorite, strawberry cake, specially Strawberry Chiffon Cupcakes. Sounds so much like the Strawberry Muffins I did a month back (I even used the same paper cup liners! Lol!) But in fact they are quite different, because this time is chiffon cake, much lighter and fluffier in texture. :)

This recipe is really a keeper and I would recommend it to anyone who loves Strawberry. I would definitely make this for my daughter's birthday this June since she love it so much. :) So far she has already 2 cupcakes and has already requested to bring one to school tomorrow. :)

Ingredients for Strawberry Chiffon Cake (makes 10 to 12 muffin size cakes)
180g all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
170g unsalted butter, room temperature
200g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
140g strawberry yogurt
4 egg yolks
4 egg whites
1/2 cup fresh strawberries, cut into small chunks + 5 more cut into half for deco

Method:

  • In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and set aside for later use.
  • In another large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and 1/2 of the sugar till light and fluffy. Add in the 4 egg yolks and vanilla and mix well.
  • Then add 1/4 of the flour mixture in and stir well, follow by adding 1/3 of the yogurt. Alternating the flour and yogurt to the mixture till everything is incorporated in.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • In another bowl, beat the egg whites till frothy. Then continue to beat at high speed but at the same time, gradually adding the remaining sugar in. Beat till the mixture is stiff peaks.
  • Gently fold the whites in 3 separate portions into the batter till everything is combined. Do not over mix. Then lastly fold in the strawberry chunks.
  • Scoop the batter into the prepared paper cup liners and top with a strawberry half in desired.
  • Bake in the oven for 20 to 25 mins. Insert tester to make sure it comes out clean before removing the cake from the oven. Let cool on rack before serving.

The brown tops has a nice crunch to it, the inside is soft and fluffy with moist strawberry chunks plus a pleasant strawberry aroma. :0

I made a mini loaf to test the texture of the cake and it is still soft and yummy. ;) BTW, this loaf is already all gone!Yup, I made papaya milkshake too. I dropped by Blessed Homemaker's blog and saw her post on making this delicious drink. It so happen there was slices of papaya sitting in the fridge, so I thought why not?! Frankly speaking I have not drink it for the longest time! It was sweet & refreshing yet creamy, nice!

Doesn't this look like a great breakfast you can wake up to? Mmm...maybe with some cheese omelet would be perfect, heehee. :P Come to think of it, will be playing badminton tomorrow morning! Haven't played badminton for more then a decade! Wish my strokes are not all messed up, lol! Anyway, hope my body won't be aching too much this weekend...still need to shop around for the house. :P Have a good weekend you all!

17 comments:

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... said...

Gosh, you were so quick to do this!!!
She just posted this, say today!!!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Heehee, must "打铁趁热" mah. :D Furthermore it's so easy to make plus the papaya might not be that fresh tomorrow. :P

Kitchen Corner said...

Hi Bee, this cupcakes must be very soft and fluffy unlike the buttery cupcakes. Beside, I like the paper cups. May I know where did you get it? I read the papaya milkshake from blessed homebaker too! That's the good one!

tracieMoo said...

Bee, I think you have pulled me up to make chiffon. After so much delay in telling myself that I would :P

All the separating eggs, whipping them up respectively. I have the 'feel' to do it now :P

Anncoo said...

Thanks Bee Bee for sharing this. I must go and get strawberry again.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Hi Grace,
Unfortunately I got the paper cups from Gold Coast Australia. I always look out for bakery stores even when I'm traveling, lol!

Hi Tracie,
Glad to know that I am motivating to bake. ;) But I am very sure you will bake a much nicer chiffon. ;) Have fun!

Hi Anncoo,
Lol...I know when you mean "again". Since you just made this wonderful Strawberry ice cream cake! ;D But who can get enough of delicious strawberry deserts?!

ReeseKitchen said...

WOW Bee Bee,all the chiffon cupcakes and the papaya milk shake looks so so so yummy!! Wish we are still neighbour then I'm sure I'll have some share..hee hee...;p
Those are very new to me leh, especially the milk shake...will try to make, hope Cheryl will like it..:) Thanks for sharing!

p/s: Hey all new in your new hse ya, so exciting. Even extension! Muz visit you soon then..;)

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi said...

Bee Bee, when I first saw the picture of the cakes, I was totally engrossed! They look so pretty! I saw the innards of the cake, and it seemed to be pretty moist, huh! When strawberries are cheaper, I'll try to get my butt down to make these ... Lovely! Take care at the same time amidst the busyness! Can't wait to see your new kitchen!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Hahaha...Reese, you can always buy the condo next door to mine. ;D I promise you not only get good food, you have a good friend to keep you company too! As for the milkshake,
you should also try HoneyDew Milk shake, it's surprisingly yummy too!

Hi Pei-Lin,
Thanks for the compliment. yes, do try out this Strawberry chiffon, it not bad. ;) Yeah, will try keep myself "intact" with all that business going on now, lol!

Elin said...

Hi Bee Bee...gosh that looks good, I want to make this..hahaha I told you I am a sucker for good food photos and now I am bewitched by the strawberry peeping out of that luscious muffins. Well done and thanks for sharing it :))

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Hahaha, thanks Elin! You are speaking to another sucker for "beautiful food" too, me! Lol! You should definitely try this one out...am sure your piggy will love this. ;) Enjoy!

Mr. Pineapple Man said...

those strawberry cupcakes look delicious!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks Mr Pineapple Man...interesting name you got there by the way. :) Thanks for dropping by my blog.

kirbie said...

These look wonderful. I love how they have large chunks of strawberries on top. I've been trying to find more strawberry recipes now they are in season.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Hi kirbie! Welcome to my blog. ;) Glad that you like those strawberry chiffon cupcakes. :) Hope you will try them out since you have an abundance of fresh strawberries there. *envy*

Blessed Homemaker said...

The cupcakes look good! The papaya milk shake is so quick and easy right? ;-)

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Hi Blessed Homemaker,
Thanks. Yes, the papaya milkshake used be a beverage to relief my daughter's constipation last time, lol! ;)