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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Fourth of July Blueberry Poundcake Cupcakes



Fourth of July Blueberry Poundcake Cupcakes

with Grilled Corn on the Cob Filling and Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

Baked 07.04.14


Fourth of July Blueberry Poundcake with Grilled Corn Cream Filling and Strawberry Buttercream

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Grilled Corn on the Cob / Strawberry / Blueberry

Requested by

Fourth of July Special

Description

It's all about Summer flavors this week with Grilled Corn on the Cob, Strawberries, and Blueberries coming together in what is decidedly not your average supermarket cupcake. 

The cupcake itself is based on a modified poundcake batter that includes a freshly made blueberry puree. That intense dark blue is 100% natural - no food coloring required. The texture is extremely dense, partially a characteristic of the poundcake, but also a result of the natural pectin in the blueberries, which thickens when heated.


Chef's note: I originally played with the idea of making angel food cupcakes. Failure! The single-serving bites tasted great, but they were more like oversized marshmallows and would never have been able to hold a filling or stand up to a frosting.  Oh well, little guys. Better luck next time.


Angel Food Cake Cupcake

Each cake is filled with a grilled corn on the cob cream, inspired by French meringue buttercream - extremely rich and smooth. Making this filling involves grilling fresh corn, boiling it in milk and heavy cream and then creating a puree.

Blueberry Poundcake with Grilled Corn Cream Filling - Overhead

Blueberry Poundcake with Grilled Corn Cream Filling

The frosting on top is all about strawberry. The frosting is an Italian meringue buttercream; however, most of the sugar in the recipe has been replaced with a sweet puree made from macerated fresh strawberries. The result is a lightly sweet and intensely flavorful buttercream, not something cloyingly sugary.

... and to mix things up, I also made a batch of vanilla poundcake cupcakes -- I had a lot of buttercream to use!

Recipes to follow. For now, enjoy with your eyes, and have a great Fourth of July!




- The Finished Product -



Blueberry Poundcake with Strawberry Buttercream and Fresh Berries

Blueberry Poundcake with Strawberry Buttercream and Fresh Blueberry

Blueberry Poundcake with Strawberry Buttercream and Fresh Strawberry

Blueberry Poundcake Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream and Fresh Berries

Packaged Blueberry Poundcake Cupcakes

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