Compiled Recipe – Olive Oil Cupcakes

Olive Oil Cupcakes

* 2/3 cup olive oil
* 2/3 cup whole milk
* 2 large eggs
* 4 tsp lemon juice
* zest from 1 lemon
* 2/3 cup all purpose flour
* ½ cup sugar, plus 1/3 cup
* ½ tsp baking soda
* ½ tsp baking powder
* 1 tsp salt
* fresh strawberry slices (for garnish)
* strawberry jam (to garnish)
* egg yolks, from 9 large eggs
* 3 ½ teaspoons cornstarch
* 1/8 cup sugar
* 1/8 cup whipping cream
* ½ cup whole milk
* 1 tbsp butter
* ½ tsp vanilla extract
* 1 1/3 cup whipping cream
* 2 1/3 tablespoons sugar
* 4 ¾ teaspoons truffle honey (use regular honey if you don’t like the truffle flavor)
* lemon zest, from ¼ lemon

1) Pre-heat oven to 375◦F. Line a regular 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake liners.

2) In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine oil, milk, eggs and lemon juice and zest.

3) Sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl.

4) Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix on low speed. Once wet ingredients partially absorbed by the dry ingredients, increase speed to medium. Mix until combined.

5) Portion batter evenly among cupcake liners, filling until ¾ full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Remove from the pan and let cool.

6) Make the custard: Whisk together egg yolks, cornstarch, sugar and salt in a bowl until well combined; set aside. Combine remaining ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat, mixing occasionally, until mixture comes to a simmer. Pour half of the hot milk mixture into the egg yolk mixture, mix using a wire whisk, then pour mixture back into the saucepan. Mix until mixture thickens, about 3 minutes. Dip a spoon into the mixture or run a finger across the back of the spoon; if your finger leaves a trail mark, the mixture is done. Turn off heat and allow mixture to cool.

7) Make the whipped cream: Pour whipping cream and sugar into the chilled bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Mix on medium speed  until soft peaks form. Using a spatula, fold in truffle honey and lemon zest then fold in the prepared custard. Chill for a few minutes if custard cream is too soft.

8) Place strawberry slices on cooled cupcakes. Pipe custard cream on top then drizzle with strawberry jam.





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