Is there anything better than a creamy, scrumptious dessert that mixes all the best ingredients to make something to savor? :-) Crème brûlée is my favorite French dessert, which also happens to be one of the easiest ones to make, in a way. It's a perfect solution for leftover yolks (after making Swiss meringue or Italian meringue buttercream)—one batch of the buttercream allows making 4-6 mini bowls of the dessert!
To prepare the crusty shell on top, you will need a blowtorch—you can get a small one at some convenience stores, and however some recipes out there suggest using a broiler instead, this method is faster, easier, and allows you to control the amount of browned caramel on top.
Nothing compliments the strawberries like the cream-cheese icing, and you can enjoy this taste even off-season with strawberry jam! :-) You can skip limit the calories in this recipe by using lighter strawberry jam, or pulverized strawberries, and using half of the sugar in the cupcake part if you want the cupcakes less sweet.
This is a medium-advanced cake cream, that requires some more work than buttercream, but also makes for a more fluffy, creamy icing. It's still not the hardest one, and definitely worth the effort! You will love the silky texture and firm, almost buttery-like consistency. It's a clear winner for cakes and decorative, ornamental (ruffles, anyone?) cupcake decorations.
PS: The picture shows decorated cupcake with the swiss meringue buttercream, look how amazing the ruffle looks, and the silky smooth surface is! :-)