I know, they sound a little odd…but strawberries and black pepper are often paired so why shouldn’t strawberry & black pepper cupcakes make a great combination? These will not be for everyone, if you like a little kick along with the sweetness of strawberry jam then hopefully you will love these. And dare I say it, there are Valentine’s day hints everywhere, these make for a more masculine cake or definitely for those that don’t have a particularly sweet tooth.

Strawberry and Black Pepper Cupcakes

I have iced them purely for blog photos but personally I think these cakes look sooo pretty completely naked. Maybe a sprinkling of icing sugar?

Strawberry and Black Pepper Cupcakes

I went for strawberry jam rather than strawberries purely because it was what I had in the cupboard and strawberries can be so expensive at this time of year. Adjust the amount of black pepper according to taste, I was slightly heavy handed and my children have called these strawberry & black pepper cupcakes ‘spicy’…however it hasn’t stopped them from demolishing them.

Strawberry & Black Pepper Valentine's cupcakes

As you can see from the photos, I put about half a teaspoon of jam on top of the cake mixture and then gently swirled it with a cocktail stick so that there was delicious strawberry jam running through the cake.

Strawberry & Black Pepper Cupcakes

So, who celebrates Valentine’s day? As I am single I tend to forget about it usually but this year I have been very aware of it hence I jumped on the band wagon to bring you cute little heart shaped cakes, obviously don’t go out and buy a heart shaped cupcake tin if you don’t have one, use an ordinary one.

Strawberry & Black Pepper Cupcakes

So this Valentine’s day I get a rare child free night, however not a great night to go out unless I want to share every single bar or restaurant with couples out for a romantic evening. It will be a bottle of wine and I will cook myself something nice to eat and watch a film. To be honest, it sounds like the perfect night to me and no fighting over the remote control. I am more than happy for a little me time.

Strawberry & Black Pepper Cup Cakes

Strawberry & Black Pepper Cupcakes recipe

Strawberry & Black Pepper Cup Cakes

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Serves: 12

Ingredients
  • 125g soft butter (or stork)
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 125g self-raising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp strawberry jam
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 60 ml milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 200ΒΊC/gas mark 6
  2. Put all the ingredients except for the milk and jam into a food processor/mixer and blitz until smooth.
  3. Add the milk slowly to make a soft dropping consistency.
  4. If doing in the traditional way, cream the butter and sugar, and then the eggs one at a time adding a spoonful of flour each time and fold in the remainder of the flour& baking powder.
  5. Add in the milk as above.
  6. Spoon the mixture into cake cases.
  7. Add a dollop (1/2 tsp) of jam on to each and use a cocktail stick to swirl through the cake mixture.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes until cooked and golden.
  9. Remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack.
  10. Decorate with icing or just a sprinkling of icing sugar when they are cool.

If you want to ice the cakes, use either glace icing or fondant icing if you want a glossier finish. Otherwise I think these are perfect with a sprinkling of icing sugar. Enjoy. Strawberry & Black Pepper Cup Cakes

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42 thoughts on “Strawberry & Black Pepper Cupcakes

  1. Oh yummy! Good idea to make them as hearts! So good for Valentines Day!

    Posted on February 17, 2015 at 8:23 am
    1. Thank you very much

      Posted on February 17, 2015 at 11:16 pm
  2. Wow strawberry and black pepper, the mind boggles x

    Posted on February 14, 2015 at 3:30 pm
    1. They’re different πŸ˜‰

      Posted on February 14, 2015 at 4:45 pm
  3. what a great combination of flavours mmmm yummy

    Posted on February 13, 2015 at 10:05 am
    1. Thanks πŸ˜€

      Posted on February 13, 2015 at 10:33 am
  4. I’m a fan and all too familiar with the combination of strawberries with both black and white pepper but I have never seen them in cake form. These sound really interesting.

    Posted on February 12, 2015 at 9:50 pm
    1. Thank you.

      Posted on February 13, 2015 at 10:33 am
  5. These look so cute! I’ve never tried that combination before but it sounds interesting!

    Posted on February 12, 2015 at 7:34 pm
    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚

      Posted on February 13, 2015 at 10:33 am
  6. They look lovely but I’m not sold on pepper in my cakes I’m afraid

    Posted on February 12, 2015 at 1:44 pm
    1. No worries, not for everyone but it’s not a new idea πŸ™‚

      Posted on February 13, 2015 at 10:32 am
  7. Not sure about adding black pepper but I guess you have to try them

    Posted on February 12, 2015 at 1:28 pm
    1. You do πŸ˜‰

      Posted on February 13, 2015 at 10:32 am
  8. What an interesting combination. They do look delicious!

    Posted on February 12, 2015 at 10:24 am
    1. Thank you very much

      Posted on February 13, 2015 at 10:30 am
  9. These cook perfect for Valentine’s day. I love all your pictures. I know I would love strawberry and Black pepper combination.

    Posted on February 12, 2015 at 8:27 am
    1. Thank you very much πŸ™‚

      Posted on February 12, 2015 at 8:43 am
  10. oh these sound interesting!

    Posted on February 11, 2015 at 10:02 pm
    1. Thanks! πŸ™‚

      Posted on February 12, 2015 at 8:42 am
  11. These look so pretty! Not sure about the black pepper, I like more traditional cakes I guess, but gorgeous photos x

    Posted on February 11, 2015 at 8:04 pm
    1. Thank you

      Posted on February 11, 2015 at 8:19 pm
  12. I want to say eww black pepper but strangely these look so good, I would quite like to try them.

    Posted on February 11, 2015 at 8:02 pm
    1. Haha, they won’t be for everyone

      Posted on February 11, 2015 at 8:19 pm
  13. What an interesting combo, I bet they taste lovely! xxx

    Posted on February 11, 2015 at 7:54 pm
    1. Thanks, they were rather nice

      Posted on February 11, 2015 at 8:19 pm
  14. These look divine. I love cakes but don’t have a sweet tooth so this would be my dream cake.

    Posted on February 11, 2015 at 4:43 pm
    1. thank you very much πŸ™‚

      Posted on February 11, 2015 at 8:19 pm
  15. My husbeast doesn’t like too sweet cakes, so this would be right up his street.

    Posted on February 11, 2015 at 2:19 pm
    1. Oooo, perfect! x

      Posted on February 11, 2015 at 3:40 pm
  16. This looks so different I bet they taste amazing! πŸ™‚

    Posted on February 11, 2015 at 2:10 pm
    1. Thanks, yes I like the combination

      Posted on February 11, 2015 at 3:39 pm
  17. Such a great idea! I don’t have a massively sweet tooth, so they sound right up my street – and would be great to give the boyfriend a surprise with the black pepper! πŸ˜€

    Posted on February 11, 2015 at 1:59 pm
    1. Thank you, I hope he likes them πŸ™‚

      Posted on February 11, 2015 at 3:38 pm
  18. These sound really interesting – I love strawberries and black pepper so would love to try them. And they look absolutely beautiful.

    Posted on February 11, 2015 at 1:51 pm
    1. Thank you very much

      Posted on February 11, 2015 at 3:36 pm
  19. and this is the reason i cant wait to get moved into my new home as i need my kitchen space , they look delicious x

    Posted on February 11, 2015 at 1:35 pm
    1. Oh I bet, and thank you πŸ™‚

      Posted on February 11, 2015 at 3:35 pm
  20. My husband does love black pepper – we are staying in so will give them a whirl.

    How about treating yourself to a nice candle lit soak in the bath with a glass of wine instead of going out?

    Posted on February 11, 2015 at 1:28 pm
    1. I hope he likes them. I am staying in so there will be wine and a film πŸ™‚

      Posted on February 11, 2015 at 1:33 pm
  21. Oh my goodness these look utterly amazing! so clever! .. i might have ago at these

    Posted on February 11, 2015 at 12:38 pm
    1. Thanks very much! I hope you like them πŸ™‚

      Posted on February 11, 2015 at 1:35 pm