Delicious Strawberry Cupcakes & Strawberry Frosting

Ingredients

SERVINGS 12
  • 3⁄4 cup fresh strawberries, sliced in half
  • 1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄4 cup milk
  • 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
For Frosting
  • 3 tablespoons fresh strawberries, pureed
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 1⁄2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 dash salt

Instructions

1 _ Preheat oven to 350'.

2 _ Using cupcake liners, place 12 liners in a muffin pan and set to the side.

3 _ In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt and set a side.

4 _ In a food processor or blender add strawberries and process until pureed.

5 _ Empty pureed strawberries into a 1/3c measuring cup and set aside. Add rest of strawberry puree to a small bowl and set aside to use in the frosting.

6 _ Using a electric mixer with bowl, cream butter on medium high speed until lightly fluffy.

7 _ Gradually add sugar and continue to mix until well blended. Reduce speed to low and slowly add one egg and egg whites and mix until lightly blended.

8 _ Add vanilla extract if using.

9 _ Mix together milk and 1/3c strawberry puree.

10 _ Alternate flour and milk mixture to mixer slowly ending with flour. Scrap down sides of bowl and continue to blend well.


11 _ Using a ice cream scoop or tablespoon, add batter to prepared muffin cups.

12 _ Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until lightly browned.

13 _ Cool cupcakes completely on a wire rack before adding the frosting.

14 _ To make the Strawberry Frosting:.

15 _ Using a electric mixer with bowl, add 1 cup butter (soften) and salt and blend on medium high until fluffy.

16 _ Reduce speed to low and add powdered sugar and blend well.

17 _ Add vanilla extract and 3TBS of the strawberry puree, blend well.

18 _ Using a knife frost the cupcakes and top with decorative candies.

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