Sunday, June 23, 2013

Strawberry Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Hooray!  It is Secret Recipe Club time again.  This is such a fun group to be a part of.  My blogging has slowed down significantly over the last year, but I wouldn't miss one of these reveals!

This month I was assigned to Cooking Whims by Megan.  She not only shares recipes, but fun food finds, and her life experiences.  I really enjoyed getting to know her and her family through her blog.  She says, "I am no chef, but I do love to cook and bake and photograph everything under the sun."  She likes to try new recipes and document them on the blog.

When it came time to choose a recipe, I struggled to make just one for my post.  I pondered these Homemade Oatmeal Granola Bars because I have struggled to find a granola bar that I really, truly loved.  I also considered Rosemary Roasted Chicken and Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Burgers.  But, I finally settled on these Strawberry Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting because fresh strawberries are everywhere right now.

This recipe turned TASTY!!  Honestly, I think you could put cream cheese frosting on cardboard and I would eat it.  But, on top of these moist strawberry cupcakes, the frosting was heavenly.

The cake was sweet, and with a hint of strawberry flavor.  I think I will try upping the strawberries to get a stronger flavor next time, but that was just me.  The rest of my family enjoyed them just as they were.  Megan reminded her readers that this recipe isn't a quick one.  There are multiple steps involved, but, if you choose to make it, you won't be sorry. I kept it all original and didn't change anything.  ENJOY!

Strawberry Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Recipe Source: Cooking Whims

2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 1/2 tsp plus 1/8 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp plus 1/8 tsp salt
3/4 cup softened butter
3/4 cup pureed strawberries (about 1 cup whole strawberries blended in a mixer or blender)
4 egg whites
1/3 cup milk
5-6 drops of red food coloring if you want a deep pink color

12 oz. cream cheese (1/3 reduced fat), softened
3/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 350 F and line your cupcake pan with cupcake liners.

Place the dry ingredients into the bowl of your stand mixer and mix for a few seconds on low to combine.  Add the butter and and strawberry puree, mix well until combined on low speed.  Increase the speed to medium and mix for 2-3 minutes of until the mixture is light and fluffy.  It will be very thick at this point.

In a large bowl, combine the egg whites, milk, and food coloring.  Add this mixtures to the flour and strawberry mixture in three parts, make sure to incorporate the each addition well.  Add more food coloring if desired to reach the desired color.

Fill your cupcake liners 3/4 full.

Bake 17-20 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Allow to cool on a cooling rack.

For the frosting, combine the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in a bowl.  If you like a sweeter frosting add more sugar 1 tablespoon at a time.  Pipe or use an offset spatula to frost the cupcakes. Top with fresh strawberry slices.
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  1. These look so delicious, perfect for summer.

  2. So pretty! These look really tasty! :)

  3. That is so cool that we almost made the same recipe! Your cupcakes look delicious. Happy SRC Reveal Day! :)

  4. Who can resist strawberries and cake, and when out together = FAB! Great SRC pick, Karen

  5. Happy Reveal Day! Strawberries are flourishing right now. Your little cakes are so cannot beat that pink color.

  6. Oh YUM!! Those look absolutely amazing... wish I had one right now! (They make for good breakfast food, right?! :D ) Beautiful choice for SRC this month!

  7. Such a pretty choice for SRC! I love how good these look. Wish I could take a bite right now!

  8. Such a great pick for SRC! I agree with you in that cream cheese on ANYTHING is wonderful and then of course add in strawberries in there is no way you can't have EXTREME yumminess!!! ;-)

  9. oh..I love these! Strawberries and cream cheese are an awesome combo :) Great pick!

  10. Yummy! What a great pick especially with the great berries this time of year

  11. Yes!!!! I'm so happy you chose that recipe. It's one of my favorite cupcake recipes -- delicious, light, moist, perfect little cupcakes. Glad you liked them! :) :)

  12. These look amazing and such a pretty pink colour. Great SRC pick!

  13. Perfect for this time of year! Great SRC pick!

  14. Ooh, I love that these cupcakes are pink! So pretty, and I bet they taste amazing too. Great choice!

  15. These sound so yummy! Great choice and perfect timing with so many fresh strawberries out there.

  16. Great SRC pic and wonderful use for summer berries!

  17. Hi Jenn,just popped over to let you know that your link to Food on Friday: Breakfast was featured in my Need Some Inspiration? Series today. Hope you are having a good week.

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