I have been secretly wanting to enter Cupcake Hero for a few months. I was just so intimidated by all the talented people out there, their cupcakes, pictures, etc. Well, I got over it. I decided to tackle it this month because the theme is Melon. My favorite food is watermelon. I love it. It just speaks summer. It is so refreshing and yummy. Cupcake Hero was thought up by Laurie. A different theme is chosen each month and then the entries are tested and 1 is declared the winner. This month we are having a guest host, April over at Abby Sweets. I decided to go with watermelon as the melon for my cupcake. When I was eating my fave fruit salad ever, Watermelon and Nectarine Salad, which has a wonderful lime syrup, I decided watermelon and lime would be a great combination. I thought the white chocolate mousse I used to top my opera cake for last months Daring Baker's challenge would be the perfect topping. Pipe a little lime curd in the center and there you have it, my first entry into Cupcake Hero.
Watermelon-Lime Cupcakes makes 9-10 cupcakes
3/4 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup buttermilk
juice of 1 lime, divided
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
zest of 1/2 lime
1 large egg
One 10 oz jar lime curd (Dickenson's)
1. * To make watermelon puree and juice, combine 3-4 cups cubed, seeded, watermelon and the juice of 1/2 lime in a blender. Blend until liquidified. Strain through a sieve until thick solids are left in strainer and juice is left in a bowl. Fill 1/4 cup measure with a heaping amount of the thick solids (puree). Set aside puree and juice until needed.
7 ounces white chocolate
Melt the white chocolate and the 3 tbsp. of heavy cream in a small saucepan.
Stir to ensure that it’s smooth and that the chocolate is melted. Set aside to cool completely.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip the remaining 1 cup of heavy cream until soft peaks form.
Gently fold the whipped cream into the cooled chocolate to form a mousse.
Refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours.