Strawberry season makes me happy. I love going to the store and seeing beautiful red strawberries on display in the produce section, it makes me even more happy when they are on sale. :) I have seen this cupcake recipe raved about lately and figured it would be the perfect match for the beautiful strawberries I brought home from the store this past weekend. My husband and I were having another couple over for a cookout so I had the perfect excuse to make dessert and not have to eat it all myself.
My regular 12 count muffin pan is missing in action at the moment so I cut the recipe in half and made 24 mini cupcakes and 6 regular sized cupcakes. The only liners I had for the mini muffin pan were brown and I thought that would look weird, so I just decided to make them without liners.
These cupcakes were a hit and very good. The fresh strawberries in the cakes and in the frosting gave them such a delicious strawberry flavor. These will definitely be made again in my house!
Angie's Famous Strawberry Cupcakes
Source: Good Things Catered
2 1/2 c. cake flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c. unsalted butter
1 1/2 c. sugar (or a little less)
1/3 c. buttermilk
1/4 c. oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 c. chopped strawberries
1/4 c. strawberries
1 Tbsp. strawberry liquor
1/2 tsp lemon juice
8 oz. cream cheese, room temp
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temp
1 3/4 c. powdered sugar
1/2 Tbsp vanilla
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare 2 cupcake pans.
-Sift flour, salt, and baking soda in medium bowl.
-In bowl of mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
-Add eggs one at a time until combined.
-Add buttermilk, oil and vanilla until combined.
-Add flour mixture and stir until just combined.
-Fold in berries.
-Fill cupcake pans 3/4 way.
-Bake for 20 minutes.
-For frosting, put berries, liquor, and juice in saucepan.
-Bring to a boil over medium heat and then reduce to a simmer for 5 mins.
-Let cool then blend until smooth.
-In bowl of mixer mix cream cheese and butter until creamy.
-Add sugar, then vanilla.
-Add berry puree until smooth.
-Frost cupcakes when they are completely cooled.