Monday, May 12, 2014

Strawberry Vanilla Cupcakes with Strawberry Butter Cream



Hello everyone, so even though I am eating healthy and changing my lifestyle doesn't mean my whole family is doing everything I am.  I made during the winter, we had some snow going on and I thought these were so much fun to make with the girls.  They had a blast and so did I.  Sometimes we all need a cupcake to boost our spirits.  I hope you get a chance to try these because they are so yummy, sinfully yummy.  Ok let's get right into the recipe shall we?

Ingredients:

1 pint of strawberries
3 cups of flour
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
3/4 teaspoons of salt
1 1/2 sticks of softened butter, I use unsalted
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of almond extract
1 1/4 cup of milk
3 eggs

Ingredients for Butter-cream:

1/4 cup strawberries mixed with sugar
1 cup of softened butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 teaspoon of almond extract
4 cups of powdered sugar
2 tablespoons of milk

Instructions:

You do not need a stand mixer for this but if you have one use it.  Before you begin start cutting up your strawberries, cut up the whole pint except leave 24 whole and off to the side to put on top of the cupcakes.  After your strawberries are diced add 1/2 cup of sugar to them, stir and put aside.  Now at this point you can start mixing your butter and sugar together.  Now add your eggs one at a time.  Add in your extracts and mix.  From here grab your strawberries that are in sugar and run them through your blender.  Add 1/2 cup of the blended strawberries to your mixer too.  In a medium mixing bowl mix the flour, baking powder and salt together.  Alternate adding the milk and flour, I usually start with the flour mixture and end with the flour mixture.  Once everything is mixed, grab a muffin tin and cupcake liners and start filling them about 3/4 of the way full.  Bake on 350 for about 20 minutes.  The cupcakes are cooked when you poke the centers with a toothpick and the toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool before frosting them.

Butter cream Instructions:

In your stand mixer add in the butter and let that whip up until creamy.  Then add in powdered sugar and let the sugar and butter cream together.  Now slowly and gradually add in the strawberries mixed with sugar from the blender you will want to add about 1/4 cup.  From here add in the extracts and milk. Gradually add in the powdered sugar.  I usually just add the sugar a little at a time mix it and then add a little more. Once finished chill it in the fridge until your cupcakes are ready for the frosting.  
Top each cupcake with a slice of strawberry on top and you are ready for a yummy dessert!  

Thank you all for stopping by.  Heather


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