Strawberry Cupcakes

Here’s to the unofficial start of summer.  I’ve been wanting to try these cupcakes I saw at Good Things Catered.  I figured a Memorial Day BBQ would be the perfect opportunity.  They were a hit at my friend’s party!

Angie’s Famous Strawberry Cupcakes

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.

NOTE:  I used vanilla buttercream instead of the strawberry icing.  I made the stars out of Wilton colorflow icing. 

7 Responses to “Strawberry Cupcakes”

  1. 1 zebe912 May 26, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    PRETTY!!! Happy Memorial Day!

  2. 2 CB May 27, 2008 at 1:12 am

    Tres strawberry-licious chica! I starred to try these next time I get a strawberry itch 😉

  3. 3 katie102006 May 27, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Oh my gosh, I LOOOOVE the red icing with the color flow stars. DUH they were a hit, they look amazing! Nice job! 🙂

  4. 4 Alanna May 27, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    These sound incredible…I must try them!

  5. 5 mrsabybaby May 27, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    These look so good! I love all things strawberry. And they are so pretty! Putting those Wilton classes to good use I see. 🙂

  6. 6 Astra Libris June 6, 2008 at 1:44 am

    Gorgeous!! I’m in awe!!

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