30 May 2013

Pimms Cupcakes

The British weather seems to do this to us... have us jumping out of bed and out for picnics as soon as we see the sun and then it all comes crashing down with a few days of heavy rain. Just perfect.
However I'm defiant against the rain and these are definitely a taste of summer.


For the cakes:

175g soft butter
175g caster sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 eggs
175g self-raising flour
1tsp baking powder
3tbsp Pimms

For the strawberry filling:

200g strawberries
2tbsp Pimms
1tbsp sugar
1tbsp cornflour

For the mint cucumber syrup:

1 small handful of mint, finely chopped
2tbsp sugar
2tbsp water
12 thin slices of cucumber

For the buttercream:

150g butter
300g icing sugar
1tbsp milk
4tbsp Pimms

To serve:
Extra cucumber and mint

Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C.
To make the cupcake batter, cream together the soft butter, caster sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl with an electric whisk until light and fluffy. 
Gradually add in the eggs until fully incorporated and then whisk in the flour, baking powder and Pimms until you have a smooth batter. 

Spoon evenly into cupcake cases and bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes until risen and golden brown. 
Once baked, remove from the oven and cool on a wire cooling rack.

Meanwhile, make the strawberry filling. 
Blend the strawberries in a food processor and then sieve over a small pan to remove the pips. 
Add the sugar, Pimms and cornflour to the blitzed strawberries in the pan and heat gently, stirring constantly with a balloon whisk until it starts to thicken.

Continue to whisk over the heat until you have a jam-like consistency and then pour it into a separate bowl, cover with cling film and chill in the fridge until you are ready to assemble the cakes.

To make the syrup, add the cucumber and finely chopped mint to a small pan along with the sugar and water. Heat until the sugar begins to bubble and turns syrupy and then strain and chill in the fridge.

To make the buttercream, whisk together all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl until smooth and then spoon into a piping bag. 

To assemble the cakes:

Using a sharp knife, cut out a circle from the top of each cake and fill the hole with a teaspoon of strawberry filling. 

Replace the top of the cake and then pipe on the buttercream icing using a piping bag.

Top the cakes with the fresh fruit and chopped mint and drizzle with the cucumber and mint syrup. 

Enjoy in the sun with your feet up and a very cold glass of Pimms! Cheers!

 Strawberry filling and mint cucumber syrup recipes taken from:


  1. Replies
    1. thanks Tonia! they are so moreish! xxx

  2. Perfect summer picnic recipe! I will definitely be trying these :)


    1. thanks Hannah, I love a good British summer picnic! I can't wait for the first one now we have some better weather! xx

  3. Wowsas this looks so yummy, bye bye bikini bod for me!
    Quick q, how long would these keep for, does the filling reduce their keep time? Xxx
    ps, gorgeous photos xx

    1. thanks Lottie! hehe the odd cupcake won't harm us:) um I reckon about 2 days due to the fresh fruit filling and decoration. I just took some to Lords today and they were still fine:) xx

  4. Just plain WOW. Pimms cupcakes! With some secret filling! With Pimmsy buttercream? So brilliantly British, I believe even the Queen herself AND the Queen of baking dearest Mary Berry would be proud of these :D
    x x x


    1. haha thanks so much Ibbs! I love love love Pimms- though so dangerous as it tastes so good! xxx

  5. These look incredible! Two of my favourite things in one cake! Plus, they look absolutely gorgeous!

    Katie <3

    1. Thanks Katie, hope you have a lovely weekend and I love your new blog project- great idea!xxx

  6. Honestly, these look brilliant! I have got to try them out with my favourite cupcake base :)
    Kimberley xxx

    1. Thanks Kimberely! I hope you enjoy them! xxx

  7. These look super good! When I read that they had actual Pimm's in them I was really surprised, definitely one to try!! xxx

    1. Thank you :) will have to have a summer party at mine so you can try some out:) xxx

  8. Katie, thanks for joining the cake extravaganza – I am simply blown away by all the fantastic cakes – and extremely hungry! Cheers

    1. You're welcome - I couldn't believe how many entries there were! have a lovely weekend xx

  9. These pimms cupcakes look beautiful! We should have a mini bloggers reunion picnic if you girls are ever in London! Pimms and Pimms cupcakes *drooool*




    1. thank you Reena! yes definitely- that would be lovely! xxx

  10. Katie these looks AHMAZING! So english and summery =)

    Teffy || Teffys Perks Blog


    1. thanks Teffy! I love our traditional British summers! You can't go wrong with a glass of pimms! No country does tea parties quite like us! xxx

  11. These came out gorgeous! I love all that color in the garnishes!

    1. Thanks Ashley:) they make a great centre piece for a summery table! xxx

  12. These look SO good! How much can you actually taste the Pimms? I am so intrigued to try these out! Bxx

    1. Hi Bella, the pimms in the cakes is quite faint but the frosting is fairly strong of pimms and the concentrated cucumber and mint syrup on top makes it taste just like pimms:) Hope they work well! xxx

  13. I'm going to make these for my next cook out! Love the colors!

    1. Ah great! I can't wait for the more colourful recipes of Summer! I'm, currently in Sri Lanka which is full of the most amazing colourful food so hopefully I'll have some sri-lankan inspired colourful dishes when i return! xx

  14. Replies
    1. Thanks Talisa!I've visited your blog a few times now and it's great!

  15. these look completely and utterly unbelievable! I'm soooooo impressed!!! I've never made cupcakes with a filling like this. Better get on these before the sun goes. XX



Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. It's really appreciated and lovely to hear some feedback. Katie x