Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Vanilla Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting.

vanilla cupcakes with strawberry frosting

It’s felt like spring today, sunny skies and a lovely 70 degrees, trees blooming and birds singing. This called for pink cupcakes.

strawberries

I’ve been on the search for the perfect vanilla cake batter for a while now. Many I’ve tried are good, but they come out just a little too sweet, too dry, etc. The recipe I used comes from the latest Southern Living. It came out perfectly, they rose evenly and were so moist and tender. I halved the recipe and it gave me almost exactly 12 cupcakes, it might have done 13 or 14. It works so well for super sugary frosting, the cakes themselves aren’t so sweet. This will be my go-to recipe now.

The strawberry buttercream is so good - it tastes like spring. Plus the strawberries turn the icing an amazing shade of pink, it’s adorable.

vanilla cupcakes with strawberry frosting

Basic Vanilla Cake Batter
(this is for a layer cake, I halved it to make 12 cupcakes)

2 cups sugar
1 cup butter, softened
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
3 cups cake flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350.

Beat sugar and butter at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy and fluffy, about 5 minutes.

Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until yellow disappears after each addition. Beat in vanilla and almond extracts.

Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl; add to sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat a medium-low speed just until blended after each addition. (batter will be thick)


For two 9 inch pans, cook for 32-36 minutes.

My cupcakes baked for about 20 minutes.


Strawberry Vanilla Buttercream

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
1 (16 oz) package powdered sugar
1/2 cup of fresh strawberries, chopped

Beat first 3 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.

Gradually add powdered sugar alternately with strawberries, beating at low speed until blended and smooth after each addtion.

78 comments:

  1. Adorable! The 70+ teasing temperature today felt like spring as well - these would have been perfect.

    Cheers,

    *Heather*

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  2. Wow, these look great, and they do make me think of spring. Can't wait for the fresh strawberry's to come out in force at the local farmers market.

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  3. They look so yummy, and your strawberries look so perfect!

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  4. Hi,
    I live in PA, and found out about your blog through Hillary's (the gleam of rose tea). I just wanted to tell you that I love reading about all of your baking tips - they are awesome! I use your basic muffin recipe now for chocoate chunk muffins, and my husband loves them. I also like reading when I want to make something different and creative, to get ideas. So thank you for researching and posting your findings! :)
    <3 Kate

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  5. I know what you mean about finding the perfect cupcake recipe. There are just so many and so many techniques too!! I still havn't found the one for me yet.

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  6. Hi! came from flickr..my 1st time here and love it:)

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  7. wow these look delicious!! just found your blog through Darcy at http://www.lifewithmy3boybarians.com
    great blog will be reading!!

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  8. Ooooo, those look good! You were spot on with these being a wonderful way to celebrate a day that feels like the start of spring.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    ~ingrid

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  9. Glory, glory, those strawberries are perfection! Fantastic.

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  10. I made these yesterday and what a big hit they were! The frosting alone is to die for, as said by my 13yo son.

    Thanks for the great recipe.

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  11. I'm still searching for the best vanilla cake recipe too! I'm gonna save this one. I'm gonna compare it against my current go-to, which is Amy Sedaris' recipe! :D

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  12. Those strawberries look fake, they are so perfect!

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  13. I want to try to bake these cupcakes, but I have a couple questions. You said you halved the recipe, how do you halve 3 eggs? (Sorry if that's a dumb question!)
    Also, did you halve the recipe for the frosting or leave it as is? Thank you so much!
    -Mia

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  14. Hey mia, what I did was crack a cold egg into a bowl and scoup out half the yolk and half the white. I'm sure there is a more scientific way to do it, but that worked for me!

    And the frosting recipe is about the right amount as is. you'll have a little extra, but there's no harm in that! haha

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  15. Thanks! Yours look way better though, especially the photography!

    Best I could do with a camera phone. hehe

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  16. these look decadent, i cannot wait to try!
    south florida humid and wet but perfect for an (almost) summer treat.

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  17. Hi!

    Can i replace full cream milk instead of buttermilk?

    Thkx.

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  18. ferrm: Sure, the results will be just a bit different though. You can actually put vinegar in regular milk to make buttermilk.

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  19. I tried this frosting and it tasted divine!!!
    mine was a till runny though, spreadable but runny ... any idea where i could have gone wrong?

    -K

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  20. Just made this frosting and its fabulous! Thanks for posting the recipe. Next time I will try the cake.

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  21. Springtime or not, these look simply divine and that's what I want for my birthday, so I'm making them! Thank you for the beautiful inspiration!

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  22. Probably a silly question, but when you say that you halved the recipe, is the recipe above yours or the original? I'm trying to make 24 cupcakes, so do I just follow as is? And will the buttercream recipe cover 24?

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  23. the recipe above will make you 24, but you're probably going to want to double the frosting! :)

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  24. I'll remember that! Thanks!~

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  25. Hi :) I'm Julianne, I was looking for a strawberry frosting recipe and came across your blog. This recipe looks perfect! I'm trying it out right now :))

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  27. I searched for a long time for a strawberry something cake, and this was what I chose. I don't regret it at all! I used my own vanilla cake recipe, but the icing is incredible! Thanks :)

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  28. I've done its INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!

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  29. Hi! I just wanted to let you know that i tried out your recipe and..... It was so easy and they turned out great! The frosting was delicious also!

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  30. I was wondering about your strawberry frosting! i've tried to mix fruit into my buttercreme but in every occasion the sugar tends to react with the extra water from the fruit and become sort of... disjointed? I guess you could say... I can sort of see it in your photos too! It becomes just a little grainy and separated.

    Any tricks to prevent that?
    uglietoes@gmail.com

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  31. Can this recipe be thickened so I can pipe it out of a giant star cupcake tip? Without it losing its delish flavor of course :)

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  32. Yum yum yum! The frosting was so good that the left over cake was just the middle. We (okay, I) ate the outside with all the fantastic frosting.

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  33. Made this frosting for my grandmother's 90th Birthday Cake! Soooooo Yummy! Thanks so much for the recipe!
    Amy

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  34. This was delicious! And the color was so cute! It was really runny though:( I even tried adding flour to thicken it without adding more sweet from the powdered sugar. It might have been the humidity here in Nor Cal. BUT even with the frosting being more like glaze, it was SUPER yummy:)

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  35. How do you store these? In the refrigerator? Or just covered?

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  36. I made these for my 4 year old for her birthday! This recipe is amazing!!! The icing is so incredible...by far the best cupcakes ever!

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