Strawberry Butterfly Cupcakes
Decorating cupcakes isn't all about garnishes and frosting. Why not change the shape of the cupcake itself? This method, which also comes from Melbourne, Australia's Crabapple Bakery, is a good way to add a little 3-D pop to your cupcakes. These cream-filled treats are perfect for people who don't like a lot of frosting.
(Yields one dozen cupcakes)
Prepare your cupcakes and bake them. Next, you'll want to make the cream filling, using an electric mixer to combine the cream, sugar and vanilla. Stir in the jam by hand and set the mixture aside.
Once the cupcakes have baked and cooled, it's time for surgery. Remove their tops (whatever's risen out of the pan), and cut this part in half. (These will be the butterfly wings.) Hollow out a small divot in the cupcake, and fill it with a generous dollop of the cream mixture. Top the cream with a halved strawberry, flanked by the cupcake wings. Finish with a dusting of powdered sugar.