2.09.2010

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!


My Valentine's Day gift to you is this adorable cupcake. Not a cupcake at all, but a meringue confection masquerading as a cupcake. Delishishly decadent and sweet. Totally impractical, hideously fattening and difficult to resist.

Pink Meringue Cupcakes with Raspberry Curd
Martha Stewart Living Magazine, February 2010




Ingredients:
cooking spray like Pam
6 large egg whites, room temperature
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
Gel-paste food coloring (I used food coloring I already had)
2 cups crème fraiche
1 container (6 ounces) fresh raspberries
Raspberry curd (recipe follows)



Method:

Preheat oven to 225°. Line every other cup of 2 non-stick muffin tins with baking cups. Just before filling with the meringue, spray the muffin liners with Pam.
Beat the whites, vinegar, vanilla and salt in a mixer on medium speed until frothy. Add 1-3/4 cups sugar one tablespoon at a time, beating for 1 minute after each addition, making certain the sugar dissolves. Beat until stiff, glossy peaks form. Mix in 6 drops of food coloring.
Spray your muffin cups now.
Tranfer the mixture to a pastry bag fitted with a plain coupler (no tip) and pipe into the prepared muffin liners, filling to about 2 inches above the rims, ending with a peak in the center.
Bake, rotating half way through, for 3 to 3 hours and 20 minutes. Cupcakes should be dry on the outside and when you stick a toothpick in horizontally at the base of the top, it should come out with moist but cooked crumbs on it.

Transfer to a cooling rack. Let cool completely. Beat the creme fraiche and the remaining 1/4 cup sugar on high speed until soft peaks form. Carefully slice the tops of the cupcake off using a serrated knife. Top each cupcake with 2 tablespoons of raspberry curd (recipe follows), a few raspberries and 2 tablespoons of creme fraiche. Replace tops and serve.
Makes 1 dozen.


Raspberry Curd


Ingredients:

1 container (6 ounces) fresh raspberries
1-1/4 cups sugar
4 large egg yolks
1 stick unsalted butter
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
Pinch of salt


Method:

Stir all ingredients together well in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Stir until slightly thick, about 8-10 minutes.
Strain, refrigerate until cold and thick.

82 comments:

  1. How cute is that! It totally had me fooled. That raspberry curd has got me drooling. Love it!

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  2. Now that is what I call a cupcake! Wow, it looks fantastic!

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  3. That is a seriously over-the-top cupcake!!!

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  4. Lovely and totally festive, perfect for valentine's day!

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  5. yay pink! meringue.. cupcakes.. mmm.
    that picture just made me smile. hehe.
    havent used meringue on a cupcake before.
    i'd probably torch it!

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  6. What a divine cupcake! It looks absolutely gorgeous and I want to gobble it up!

    Love and hugs,
    Karyn

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  7. Ah fabulous! Didn't I see this in the Martha Stewart Living magazine? You did such a good job on recreating it.
    Happy Valentines
    *kisses* HH

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  8. Thanks, everyone!

    Muffins: That's what's fun about this- the entire cupcake is meringue.

    And yes, HH, that's exactly where I got this recipe. But mine is pitiful compared to theirs. (Perhaps why they pay food designers?)

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  9. I love it because it's pink.

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  10. That raspberry curd sounds delicious. I love this! It is too adorable, kind of like a meringued raspberry shortcake.

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  11. How could anyone resist these cupcakes after reading your description:)? I love it, and thank you for the gift!

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  12. The raspberries have my mouth watering. This is the perfect cupcake. I wish you a wonderful Valentine's Day.

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  13. I love it, thank you, Barbara! That is one beautifully delicious cupcake.

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  14. If this is what "impractical" looks like, I'll take it any day. Happy early Valentine's Day to you, Barbara!

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  15. Oh, what a perfect little light treat! I love the idea of meringue cupcake and so delicious with raspberry curd!

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  16. You are such a girlie girl..Don't ever change!

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  17. Absolutely gorgeous and perfect for this coming Valentne's day. yay...

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  18. Duck: Me too!

    Joanne: The raspberry curd is divine over ice cream.

    Francesca: I know, so many calories! Don't say I didn't warn you.

    Bridget: It is perfect. Melt in your mouth.

    Susan: It was great fun to make.

    Lucie: I agree- I like impractical sometimes too!

    Natasha: It was delish.

    BD: I can be, from time to time. And yes, it's definitely a girlie treat...all that pink sweetness! But I'll share!

    Kristy: I thought yay too!

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  19. Oh HELL YEAH delicious looking! I am so attempting these! (notice I use the word "attempt". This is because I suck at cooking.)

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  20. Yum! I don't usually like meringue, but this is so very tempting...

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  21. wow this is amazing and beautiful I am sure you are a great mom lol

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  22. "Totally impractical, hideously fattening and difficult to resist."

    i graciously accept your gift, barbara. it looks incredible! :)

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  23. Hi Barbara,

    This looks scrumptious and I would like to gobble it all up.
    The perfect treat for Valentines Day and thanks for sharing the recipe.
    Have a happy Valentines Day

    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  24. and happy v-day to you as well! a perfect treat for a day of romance!

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  25. Happy Valentine's Day to you too :)

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  26. Cute pink meringue!!! Yes, I need plenty of it.

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  27. Yummyummmyyummyy. I was waiting for someone to bake something like this one day. I'm such a carboholic that a don't know if a meringue cupcake could soothe my inherent carb needs, but if it's this pretty, it would. or I can just have two. :)

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  28. Was blown away when I saw it on Martha Stewart Magazine as well - thought - well, I hope someone makes it and blogs about it - and here you come to the rescue!

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  29. Waw!! What a grand & fab dessert this is!!

    A wonderful creation!

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  30. Ha ha , it sounds like it has EVERYTHING going for it - and meringue is pretty fat free right? Have a great Valentine's day!

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  31. Phoenix: The story about my making these would make a blog post all on it's own.

    Chan: I know...all that sugar!

    Rebecca: I hope I am!

    Grace: I made them for fun...and a brief sugar high!

    Carolyn: You too!

    Teresa: I love that pink, don't you?

    Karine: Thanks!

    Ellie: It was fun to try.

    Vickys: Are there some carbs in the creme fraiche?

    Trissa: Their picture was soooo beautiful and smooth. Mine was not.
    Photoshop? Or sheer talent?

    Sophie: Thank you!

    Shaz: Leave it to you to find the good side! You're right! No fat.

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  32. Barbara,
    What a cutie! This is such a terrific idea, a meringue cupcake. I'm having a "Why didn't I think of that moment?"
    Raspberry curd......yum.... I'm already dreaming up a million things to do with that!
    Happy Valentine's Day Sistah!
    Pam

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  33. Your cupcake is lovely and very appropriate for Valentine's Day!
    Whether or not I make the entire cupcake, I'm completely fascinated by the idea of raspberry curd. I will definitely by making it.

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  34. Wonderful!
    Thanks so much for my meringue cupcake, I will be over in about twenty minutes to pick it up. ;-)

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  35. Happy valentine's day to you!!!

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  36. That is the MOST decadent cupcake I have ever seen!

    I'm almost too embarrassed to ask you to vote for my team's cake which is in last place right now!

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  37. Pam and Tiffany: I'm with you! The cupcake is cute but the combo of creme fraiche and raspberry curd is divine!

    Natashya: Sorry, all gone! ;)

    Erica: Thank you and same to you!

    Katherine: Of course I voted for your cake. What a wonderful cause!

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  38. I've never been to the Carribean, but I would love it.

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  39. What a quintessential dessert for Valentine's Day! Just lovely! MMM!

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  40. Beautiful color! Perfect for VDay. But I think I can have a cupcake any day!

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  41. Duck: All the Pond would love it in the warm weather!

    Aimee: It's pink and sweet- just right for Valentine's Day!

    msmeanie: Oh yeah, a cupcake a day would be nice.

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  42. What a wonderful valentine treat!

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  43. This is a dessert I would love. I've never seen raspberry curd before. It sounds amazing!

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  44. These look like pieces of delicious art!

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  45. Barbara :
    Happy V day to you too. Sweet cupcake !

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  46. That is one perfect Valentine's cupcake! Looks totally and fantastically delicious!

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  47. I love raspberries and that looks delicious!

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  48. great festive post! and yummy cupcakes!

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  49. Figtree: It was delicious!

    Barbara: I can think of lots of ways to use that raspberry curd.

    Kathleen: Thanks!

    Maya: The combination was really good.

    Dishesdone: It was!

    Tammy: I do too, anytime of the year!

    Simply Life: Never can resist such a lovely holiday!

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  50. Impractical, fattening, irresistible--the three mainstays of a delicious (and yours is gorgeous, too!) dessert.

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  51. I love anything pink and with fresh raspberries and only egg whites in your cupcake makes it "not so bad" right?

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  52. I think you'll like Clementine Jane more tommorow...

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  53. Unconfidential: I agree, when I see that I figure I'm going to love the dessert!

    Taste: Right. No fat in the cupcake!

    Duck: I am relieved! I guess you can tell I've had a really BAD experience with the press.

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  54. Love.....this.......but you know that already. I'm a meringue babe....anyday!

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  55. Absolutely gobsmackingly divine Barbara! I love how you've filled it with such lusciousness! :D

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  56. All of my favorites wrapped up in one little treasure!

    Gotta have it, and Happy Valentines Day to you!!

    Diane

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  57. Barbara, this is the most unique 'cupcake' I have seen. I crave anything with raspberries in it, especially with creme fraiche. I should really give this a try...I'm off to sleep now where I will surely be dreaming of this lovely treat.
    Happy Valentine's Day
    xoxo

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  58. happy valentine's day! i could eat a plateful of these cupcakes.

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  59. It is so easy to catch up with your blog.

    Everything is a melody. Berries and meringue AND cake??

    Barbara... dreamy.

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  60. OzOz: Well maybe, if I knew who you were.

    Lorraine: Very yummy, but very sugary!

    2 Stews: So glad you liked it!

    Bunny: The raspberry curd and creme fraiche together were perfect.

    My Spatula: I gave most of them away or I would have!

    Clarity: So pleased you are back!

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  61. Hahaha! You evil, delicious temptress, you! You KNOW I will have to try this cupcake, though it's much too pretty to eat. Happy Valentine's Day to you!

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  62. Do not appear to be too hard to concoct but sure don't look like it. They look stunning as if you were standing on your weary feet for hours, slaving & toiling. My kind of recipe. Thank you as always Barbara and a happy Valentines Day weekend to you my dear xx

    ** thank you SO much for your well appreciated advise re: our plight to move or not to move. It meant a lot.

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  63. What fabulous cupcakes! They look so irresistible!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  64. Every other gift I receive will pale in comparison to that cupcake. It's gorgeous and I'll wager it tastes as good as it looks. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  65. Bella: Thanks and again I mention the pleasure your work brings to all of us.

    Deb: No, not difficult to make but difficult to put together.

    Rosa: Thanks!

    Mary: Yes, it was delicious!

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  66. Stunning is the word that comes to mind. The curd you use in your cupcakes sounds absolutely wonderful and it is gorgeous to look at. I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day.

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  67. An absolutely delightful gorgeous array of feasts and here u have the perfect dessert for vaentines....

    Oh yeah...LOVE IS IN THE AIR,SO IS ROMANCE...WISH YA LOADS OF IT @ 365....

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  68. Barbara -- just a quick little note here to say thank you for your kinds words over at the ole porkster. very nice of you to take a moment out of your busy day in your (wonderfully aromatic) cozy kitchen... -Jg.

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  69. oh wow...i wish they made scratch and sniff computers...or maybe scratch and taste would be better. yum!

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  70. That is one perfect cupcake, er, meringue!!!! Did you really say raspberry curd?? How great is that... fab recipe

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  71. Mary: Thanks!

    Vanilla Strawberry: So glad you visited and I wish you a Happy Valentine's Day too!

    JG: I enjoy your blog so very much and appreciate a comment on a particularly pink post.

    Brian: Oddly enough, no fragrance, but it sure tasted great!

    Deana: Have to agree...I would have been happy just to have the raspberry curd recipe!

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  72. Fabulous recipes-will be sharing your site w/a family member who like to cook!
    C-CS

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  73. Hi,
    What a gorgeous treat, my mouth is watering already.
    Thanks for visiting Normandy today,guests are always welcome and there's usually cake involved!!
    ~Maggie~

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  74. Christian Soldier: Thanks! I appreciate your kind words.

    Maggie: Well, if there's cake involved, I'll come more often! ;)

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  75. awesome love this i got the coconut preserves in saint martin lol

    Happy Valentines

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  76. Now THAT is a cupcake.

    --Terrace Crawford
    www.terracecrawford.com
    www.twitter.com/terracecrawford

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  77. Oh, Barbara! I'm bouncing in my seat excited! Your cupcake looks fabulous but it's that curd I'm truly thrilled about. I've wanted to make a raspberry curd for forever! Thanks!
    ~ingrid

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  78. WOW!!! This is one of the most creative things I have seen in a long time.

    Well done!!

    Blessings-
    Amanda

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  79. I can't resist something as nice and delicious as this. Simply delightful :-)

    Sawadee from Bangkok,
    Kris

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  80. This cupcake is most definite one of the loveliest I've ever seen! Looks D E L I C I O U S
    Off to read some of your earlier posts....

    Happy Thoughts!
    Saskia

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  81. Now THAT's a cupcake! Gorgeous, gorgeous!

    --Stephanie
    www.stephaniesavorsthemoment.com

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  82. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment today. Nice site you here.

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