Strawberry Cupcakes to go with Strawberry Frosting!

2011 has been a year of new experiences for Jay and I. We moved in together for the first time in a new state. In a studio “apartment.” We learned a lot about each other (probably a few things we didn’t want to know) and ourselves. Working at a grocery store definitely helped me learn to communicate better with all people (you’re welcome Jay). We moved back to Ohio in a slightly larger apartment and have managed to work and go to school full time and still like eachother. We made friends and missed friends and lost touch with some too. What is that saying? ‘Friendships can stand the test of time.’ I’ve learned that saying to be true, except it wasn’t always the friends I expected. Probably some of my fellow English Majors are barfing right now since I just dropped a popular saying that in writing we normally call cliché. I have a real problem with that, and English writers being so judge-y. Isn’t the point of writing at all to find a common denominator between writers and readers that can make them understand one another?

Anyways, I’m making these Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting for New Years Eve and I honestly dislike making them. It’s not because they are hard to make, it’s because I make them a lot. It’s my only requested item for potlucks at work, and my friends like them too. I’d say the most important thing I’ve learned about friendship this year is that it takes work and time and effort (not unlike baking). And being a good friend has nothing to do with making myself happy.

May I suggest champagne frosting to go with these cupcakes to ring in the new year? Happy 2012! I’m looking forward to being stupid with my best friends tonight🙂

“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

This recipe for delicious strawberry cupcakes is from Candace Nelson of Sprinkles Cupcakes

  • Strawberry Cupcakes

  • Makes 1 dozen
  • 2/3 cup whole fresh or frozen strawberries, thawed
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 large egg whites, room temperature
  • Preheat

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners; set aside.

Puree

  1. Place strawberries in a small food processor; process until pureed. You should have about 1/3 cup of puree, add a few more strawberries if necessary or save any extra puree for frosting; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a small bowl, mix together milk, vanilla, and strawberry puree; set aside.

Beat

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter on medium-high speed, until light and fluffy. Gradually add sugar and continue to beat until well combined and fluffy. Reduce the mixer speed to medium and slowly add egg and egg whites until just blended.

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  2. With the mixer on low, slowly add half the flour mixture; mix until just blended. Add the milk mixture; mix until just blended. Slowly add remaining flour mixture, scraping down sides of the bowl with a spatula, as necessary, until just blended.

Bake

  1. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Transfer muffin tin to oven and bake until tops are just dry to the touch, 22 to 25 minutes. Transfer muffin tin to a wire rack and let cupcakes cool completely in tin before icing.

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Enjoy!

 

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One thought on “Strawberry Cupcakes to go with Strawberry Frosting!

  1. All of the Price cousins are wanting you to bring these to Denver. Gaile is here from LA so we need at least a dozen (2 each). Deliver? If they taste as good as they look they are super yummy!

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