Monday, May 26, 2008

Strawberry Cupcakes

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
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)
2 eggs
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.


What's Cookin Chicago said...

**hiding in the corner** I'm sorry I've taken your muffin pan hostage... and I feared that one day you'd decide to make cupcakes only to realize it wasn't near by - lol. Your cupcakes look fabulous regardless... and I hope you plan on making them again soon so you can use a full muffin pan to enjoy their yummy goodness the way they were meant to be tasted. :)

That Girl said...

I love that you can see the chunks of strawberries in the frosting

Erinstopheles said...

Wow though look great I've been thinking about making strawberry cupcakes all week.

Kelly said...

mmm...these cupcakes ARE amazing! I'm always excited when I see someone else discovering them :-)

Max Fam said...

I love your blog, I'm going to add it to my list! Check out Tasty Sensations, and we can share our recipes.

Shelby said...

I'll be out buying more BOGO free strawberries now just to try these!

Anonymous said...

Hey Amber! I'm so glad you liked them. They look amazing! I love the piped frosting. :)

MrsSchoon said...

Those look awesome!