Elly's strawberry basil cupcakes

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Strawberry Tea frosting cupcakes
Strawberry Tea frosting cupcakes
  • Serves: 6

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  • Skill level: Bit of effort

  • Costs: Mid-price

Elly's dainty cupcakes earned her a runner-up prize in our strawberry baking contest. These pretty cakes are scented with basil and finished with strawberry sugar frosting.


For the cupcakes:

  • 120g plain flour
  • 50g butter, at room temperature
  • 150g golden caster sugar
  • 1 1/2tsp baking powder
  • 120ml milk
  • A large bunch of basil
  • 1 egg

For the frosting:

  • 40g butter, at room temperature
  • 130g icing sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1tbsp milk

For the strawberry sugar:

  • 1 strawberry
  • 6 tbsp granulated sugar
You'll also need:

  • 6 muffin tray
  • 6 muffin cases

Find out who won our strawberry tea cake contest for Breast Cancer Care and see more brilliant entries.


  1. To make this cupcake recipe, preheat the oven to 170C/340F/gas 4. Line a muffin tray with 6 muffin cases.
  2. Tear the basil roughly and put it in a small saucepan with the milk. Bring to the boil over a medium heat, then turn off the heat and allow to infuse for an hour.
  3. Using an electric whisk, beat together the butter, flour, sugar and baking powder until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Strain the basil from the milk and discard it, then gradually add the milk to the dry mixture. Finally, add the egg, beating until just incorporated.
  4. Divide the mixture among the cases and bake for 25 mins until spongy and firm in the centre. Remove from the oven to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
  5. For the frosting: Whisk together the icing sugar, butter, vanilla and milk using an electric beater. Beat for about 5 mins until the mixture is light and fluffy, then use a spatula or a piping bag to decorate the cakes.
  6. For the strawberry sugar: Press the strawberry through a sieve using the back of a spoon, into a blender. Add the sugar and blitz until it is pink and fragrant. Scatter this over the cupcakes, and decorate them with sliced strawberries and a basil leaf or two.
Recipes ed Katy says: 'There were a lot of great cupcakes entered in the contest but Elly's strawberry cupcakes really stood out with the addition of basil and the pretty homemade strawberry sugar.'

Fancy making the traditional version? Try our classic strawberry cupcakes recipe!

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