I love Strawberries and these cupcakes a really good. They are moist, and fresh tasting with no jello added even though I like that recipe as well. The frosting is yummy and tastes like melty strawberry shake.
Strawberry Cupcakes Yield: about 18 cupcakes
Ingredients: For the cupcakes:
2 ½ cups cake flour
1 tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
½ cup unsalted butter
1 ½ cups sugar
1/3 cup buttermilk
¼ cup oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups chopped strawberries
For the frosting:
½ c. strawberries
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 ¾ cups powdered sugar, sifted
½ tsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. vanilla
Directions: Preheat the oven to 350°.Line cupcake pans with paper liners.
Sift flour, salt and baking soda into a medium bowl.Set aside.In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.Add eggs one at a time until combined.Add buttermilk, oil and vanilla and beat until combined.Add flour mixture and stir until just combined.Fold in chopped strawberries.Fill cupcake wells ¾ full with batter.Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.Cool completely on a wire rack.
For the frosting, puree strawberries in food processor.Strain through a mesh sieve to remove seeds, and set aside. ( I didn't do this I was too lazy) Beat the cream cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer until smooth and fluffy, about 5 minutes.Add powdered sugar and mix until smooth.Add lemon juice, vanilla and strawberry puree.Adjust the amount of puree to achieve your desired consistency.Frost cupcakes when completely cool.