We were snowed in for a couple of days this week and my nine year old decided to make the most of her time and bake a treat for the family. We adapted a recipe from Kids Can Bake and made these Strawberry Surprise Muffins. They were delicious! Don’t let the word “muffin” fool you–they are really more like cupcakes!
Strawberry Surprise Muffins
1 2/3 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup milk
2/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
12 tsp strawberry jelly (healthiest option would be Polaner’s All Fruit jelly, I used some homemade because it is what we had available)
3 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp milk
6 strawberries, halved
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Mix flour and baking powder in large bowl.
3. In a small bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, syrup and butter. Gradually add to dry ingredients until combined. *You may need to add more milk to get to correct consistency. You want it to be “spoonable” but not runny.*
4. Line muffin pan with paper liners. Add one tbsp of mix, then top with 1 tsp of jelly. Add another tbsp of mix on top of the jelly.
5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until risen. Cool on wire rack.
6. While muffins are cooling, mix together icing ingredients. Place a spoonful on top of each muffin and decorate with half a strawberry.
A few tips:
The original recipe calls for sugar but we substituted that with maple syrup. They are not super sweet by themselves but the icing adds a nice sweetness to it. Everyone in our family liked them.
You could easily alter the recipe and use blueberries or raspberries. I think blueberry with a lemon flavored icing would be delicious!
These are easy enough that my daughter could make them on her own but they are fancier than your typical boxed muffins. She was really proud of herself!