Strawberry Cupcakes: Made with Love

Weekends are increasingly becoming more and more necessary in order to catch up on the things that got set aside during the busy work week as well as a time to really recoup. Time spent with the boys is my most favorite part and I love to cook and bake things for them because creating and sharing food is love in a visible form .Since there were Strawberries and Onions next to each other on the counter Noah joked that I was making Strawberry onion cupcakes and after he brought me his empty plate he said “those were the best strawberry onion cupcakes I’ve ever had.” Omit the onions but make these for those you love!

Ingredients:

Strawberry Cake
    • 1 cup Butter
    • 2 & 1/2 cups Sugar
    • 2 Egg Yolks
    • 5 Egg Whites
    • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
    • 1 teaspoon Red Food Coloring
    • 1 & 1/4 cups Pureed Strawberries
    • 3 cups Cake Flour, sifted
    • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
    • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
    • pinch Salt
    • 1 cup Buttermilk

Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 – 8oz Cream Cheese, room temp
  • 1/2 cup Butter, room temp
  • 1/3 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Red Food Coloring
  • 1 lb. Powdered Sugar

Instructions:

Strawberry Cake Directions
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. In a medium bowl, beat butter with sugar for 3 minutes.
    3. Add egg yolks one at a time, then the vanilla, food coloring and strawberries, beat for another 3 minutes.
    4. Sift dry ingredients and add to butter/egg mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.
    5. Mix just till combined.
    6. In another bowl and clean beaters, beat egg whites till stiff and add in an increment of 3 to cake batter, being sure to fold in thoroughly but gently.
    7. Bake for 18 or so minutes for cupcakes and 20-25 minutes for 9 inch round cake pans.
Frosting Directions
  1. In a medium bowl, add cream cheese and butter, whip till light and creamy, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add liquids and blend.
  3. Slowly add powdered sugar while mixing, (to keep the sugar from decorating your counters and appliances, not including you.)
  4. At this point you may need to add more powdered sugar. You are trying to achieve a medium stiff consistency. Whip for several minutes.

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