Friday, May 16, 2008

Breakfast for Breast Cancer

At work this morning we had a breakfast with the women staff and some of our women contacts, raising money for Breast Cancer Research. We thought it was a good way to network and also raise some money for a good cause. The breakfast was fairly simple – ham and cheese croissants and big fruit platters and I also made these little pink cupcakes.

The cupcakes themselves were dried strawberry, cherry and almond cupcakes. I had never tried the dried cherries before – they were delicious. They almost tasted like lollies – quite sweet but with a slightly sour tang. And of course I love nuts in cakes. I think it must be a texture thing. The icing was simple cream cheese icing, with vanilla bean paste. Quite tasty and they look gorgeous on my lovely cupcake stand!

The breakfast was a real success. I encourage others to do something similar.

Dried Berry and Almond Cupcakes (adapted from Australian Womens Weekly Cupcake book)

125g butter
½ tsp vanilla
2/3 c castor sugar
2 eggs
1 c dried mixed berries (I used dried cherries and strawberries)
½ c slivered almonds
2/3 c flour
1/3 c self raising flour
¼ c milk

· Cream butter, sugar and vanilla; add eggs one at a time
· Stir in dry ingredients and milk
· Spoon into cupcake cases and bake for 20 minutes at 170c
Ice with cream cheese icing


Anonymous said...

Gosh Tammy these look fabulous - the stand really presents them nicely doesn't it? Dried cherries - can't say I have ever seen them. I love the colours you have chosen.

Cakelaw said...

These are very cute cupcakes - and the flavour blows me away!

Julianne said...

They look gorgeous - where do you get dried cherries from?