Crystallized ginger olive oil cupcakes with lime buttercream, opal basil, mint, and lime zest

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Cooking Time20 mins
  • Serves48
  • DifficultyMedium

For the cupcakes

375ml, plus 30ml olive oil
400g caster sugar
150g crystallized ginger, run through food processor
8 egg whites
420g flour
3 tsp. baking powder
2 tbsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. salt
250ml milk
15ml vanilla essence
Micro opal basil, for garnish
Micro mint, for garnish
Lime zest, for garnish

For the lime buttercream

310ml fresh lime juice
2 tbsp. cornflour
500g unsalted butter
1 tsp. salt
750g icing sugar
For the cupcakes:

1) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Line mini cupcake tins with 48 mini cupcake liners.

2) In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, mix the oil and sugar on high speed until creamy and fully incorporated. Mix in the crystallized ginger until fully incorporated. Add the egg whites and mix well. Sift together the flour, baking powder, ground ginger, and salt in a large bowl. On medium speed, add the flour mixture alternately with the milk and vanilla mixture until combined. Do not over-mix. Fill the cupcake liners three-quarters of the way and bake for 15 minutes.

For the lime buttercream:

1) Place the lime juice and cornflour in a small pan on the stove. Cook over medium heat, whisking, until the mixture thickens. Transfer the lime curd to a silicone mat and refrigerate until cool, about 5 minutes. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and salt. Add the cooled lime curd. Add the icing sugar and beat until light and fluffy.

To assemble:

1) Using a pastry bag fitted with a small round tip, pipe the top of the cupcakes in a dot pattern with lime buttercream, creating 6 dots to cover the tops of the cakes. Snip a small cluster from the stem of each branch of the micro herbs. Place the bunches in the center of the icing. Zest fresh lime zest over the cakes to finish off the garnish.

This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.

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