Wednesday 31 August 2016

Chocolate Chiffon Cupcakes with Strawberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream

I have a Japanese mummy friend who wanted to order some cupcakes for her younger boy's birthday during a very busy period for me. She didn't mind it being a simple bake as long as it is yummy. Here's a humble bake from me. Chocolate chiffon cupcakes with strawberry swiss meringue buttercream and rainbow sprinkles :).

I used my chocolate log cake recipe that was very well received for the chocolate cupcake base.

Chocolate chiffon cupcake recipe
Ingredients (makes about twenty-one 44x35mm cupcakes):
4 egg yolks
10g caster sugar
56g canola/vegetable oil
60g milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp instant coffee powder (Optional. Dissolve in milk if using)
1 tsp Kirsch (optional)
26g Dutch processed cocoa powder (add 1/3 tsp baking soda if using regular cocoa powder)
52g cake flour
1/8 tsp fine sea salt
1/3 tsp baking powder

5 egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
65g caster sugar

1. Preheat oven to 140°C with tray of water at base of oven (optional but I put it there to create steam). Set oven rack to second lowest position.

2. Prepare egg yolk batter. Whisk egg yolks and sugar until thick and pale. Add oil and whisk until well combined. Add milk, vanilla and Kirsch. Whisk until well combined. Gradually sift in flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder.

3. Prepare meringue. In a clean metal bowl, use electric mixer to beat egg whites with cream of tartar until foamy. Gradually add sugar and beat until firm peaks form, just before stiff peaks.

4. Fold the meringue into the egg yolk batter quickly but gently in three additions. Spoon the batter into cupcake cases until about 1cm from the top of the rim. Gently tap the cases on the table to release air bubbles.

5. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until skewer comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting the cupcakes.

Strawberry swiss meringue buttercream
110g egg whites (about 3 large eggs)
90g caster sugar
1/8 tsp salt
200g unsalted butter, cubed to tablespoon size and softened
45g strawberry puree
1/4 tsp strawberry paste

1. Place egg whites, sugar and salt in a heatproof bowl that can fit over a saucepan filled with about 1" depth of water without the base of bowl touching the water. Use a hand whisk to whisk the egg whites continuously over simmering water in the saucepan until sugar has dissolved and temperature reaches 71.1°C on a candy thermometer. This takes about 5 minutes.

2. Remove the bowl from heat. Use an electric mixer to beat the egg whites on high speed for 10 minutes until the meringue is stiff, glossy and cool to almost room temperature.

3. Add butter once cube at a time and beat until smooth. Don't worry if the buttercream appears to curdle halfway. Just continue to beat and gradually add butter and it will all come together in the end. Continue beating for another two minutes after all butter has been added until the cream appears light coloured and fluffy.

4. Gradually add strawberry puree and beat until well combined.

5. Add strawberry paste and beat until well combined.

Transfer buttercream into piping bag fitted with a Wilton 1M tip and pipe swirls on the cupcakes.

Sprinkle on some rainbow sprinkles and store the cupcakes in airtight condition in the fridge. It can store for 3-4 days.

All packed!

My friend sent me a photo of a cupcake at the party...

She fedback that everyone said the cupcakes were really yummy!

With love,
Phay Shing


  1. Hi Phay Shing, do you mind showing me how the strawberry paste look like? I tried making my own with fresh strawberries but the colour dont come out as red as yours.

    1. Hi Jane,

      The strawberry paste or emulco is sold as an artificial strawberry flavouring in baking supply stores. There's already some red colouring in the paste/emulco that's why it appears so red. I usually add a bit of that in addition to strawberry puree to enhance the flavour. I hope this helps :)

  2. Hi Phay Shing, if I skip the kirsch and the coffee powder, how will it affect the taste of the cupcake?

    1. You may skip those items. The cake will just taste less rich :)

  3. Can use any type of cup cake cases or there is specific type of chiffon cupcake cases?

    1. Please use rigid paper cupcake cases instead of the soft, thin ones :)

  4. Can i whip non dairy cream such as Vivo or Rich topping cream to stiff then pipe on the cupcake instead of buttercream ?

    1. Yes you may :). Top with anything you want. Even ganache is fine too! Since Rich topping cream is stable at room temperature it is a good alternative to Swiss meringue buttercream

  5. Can i use Rich's Gold Label or Vivo Topping Ace? Tqvm.