February 18, 2009

The Best Strawberry Cupcakes

Posted by Susan at 9:30 AM 42 comments
I love anything strawberry, ask my closest friends what my favorite food is and sadly they would all say a Dunkin Donuts Strawberry Frosted Donut!!

Since I started baking a couple of years ago I've been on the hunt for the best starwberry cake/ cupcake recipe. Most recipes out there start with a box mix, but I prefer to bake from scratch. I was on the hunt for a moist, fresh delicous strawberry cupcake, and I finally found it.


This is the recipe I used to make the cupcakes for my sister's baby shower, they went over so well, that I am making it my go to strawberry cake recipe.

Strawberry Cupcakes (makes 18 cupcakes):
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
3 egg whites
2 teaspoon strawberry extract
1 cups pureed fresh strawberries
1/4 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting:
1/4 cup butter-softened
1 8oz package cream cheese-softened
2 teaspoon strawberry extract
6 cups confectioners' sugar (sifted)
Pink Food Coloring

Directions :

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a large mixing bowl,beat sugar and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add egg whites one at a time,beating well after each addition.
  • Stir in strawberry extract,pureed strawberries,and sour cream.
  • In a medium mixing bowl,sift together flour,baking powder,soda,and salt.
  • Gradually add to butter mixture,beating until combined.
  • Pour batter evenly into prepared cupcake pans.
  • Bake for 15-20minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Let cool in pans for 10 minutes then remove onto wire rack.
  • Cool completely before frosting

Frosting:


  • In a large bowl,beat butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth.
  • Add strawberry extract beating until combined.
  • Add food coloring until desired color is reached
  • Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth.

February 17, 2009

Mona's Baby Shower

Posted by Susan at 10:13 AM 4 comments
This weekend was my sister's baby shower, she is pregnant with identical girls!!!! Of course I couldn't wait to throw her a pink themed baby shower.

For favors I made onesie butter cookies.





Instead of a traditional cake I made cupcakes, chocolate, strawberry and yellow cakes, and I mixed the frostings, vanilla and chocolate buttercreams and strawberry cream cheese frosting.



























I love rainbow cookies, normally they are red, white and green, but I stuck with the pink theme on these too.




February 13, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

Posted by Susan at 9:54 AM 1 comments
Happy Valentine's Day!

My husbands favorite cookie is the madeleine, so being the loving and thoughtful wife that I am, I made some pink sugar tipped madeleines for him.

While I was creating a mess in the kitchen , I figured I may as well make some chocolate chip cookies with the Valentine'd Day M&M's I had.
Being the loving and thoughful man that he is, my husband cleaned all the mess, without me having to ask, best valentine's day gift ever!

 

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