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These strawberry and vanilla cupcakes are so fun to make and the best part is once they’re done you get to drink the leftover prosecco! So it’s a winner for me. Everyone loves a glass of fizz with a strawberry dropped in. So this is my version of that in a cupcake. They are so fluffy and light and with that fresh strawberry inside you get a great texture and crunch. Plus with that prosecco frosting it really does taste like you’re sipping it out of a glass!
The summer months are approaching! Hopefully we’ll have some lovely weather with lots of sun, as all it seems to have done where I live in Worcester is rain! These cakes would be great for any celebration – perfect for a birthday, summer party, afternoon tea and to give to friends or family as a gift.
I made mine and took them round to a friend’s house where we were having a girly catch up followed by a curry.
When I was making the frosting, I wasn’t sure how much prosecco to add so I did it a tablespoon at a time as I didn’t want it to go too runny. I got to 3 tablespoons and still couldn’t taste it. I asked Dean what he thought and he agreed, so we kept on going. The flavour was subtle but gave the frosting a sweet taste. I didn’t want to keep adding more as I didn’t want the frosting to become to runny that I couldn’t pipe it. I played safe but if you fancy a bit more of a boozy frosting then give it a go and let me know how it turns out!
We were all stuffed from our takeaway curry – it was so good! My friend Kate had made a cardamom rice pudding for desert so we all had a small portion of that (it was delicious, I must get the recipe off her!). I was thinking to myself there’s no way I can eat cake as well! Everyone else decided to have one, so I couldn’t not have one of my own cakes!
I just went with it, I surprised myself I really enjoyed it and the cake was so light it wasn’t a struggle to eat at all. The girls all said they loved it and could taste the prosecco so I was really pleased. I gave the rest of the cakes to family and friends and they all said they were a winner!
You can decorate your cake which ever way you prefer I put pale pink rainbow dust on mine and I thought it added a really nice finish!