~ 3 tablespoons strawberry puree (just puree fresh or thawed frozen strawberries in a food processor)
~ 3/4 cup all purpose flour
~ 1/2 tsp baking powder
~ pinch salt
~ 2 tbsp whole milk
~ 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
~ 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) softened butter
~ 1/2 cup sugar
~ 1 egg
~ 1/4 cup soft butter
~ 1/2 cup thawed frozen (or fresh) strawberries, pureed and simmered until reduced by half
~ 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
~ 1/4 tsp vanilla
To make the cupcakes:
(this makes 6 cupcakes but you can easily double this for a dozen and so on)
1.) Preheat the oven to 350 F and line a cupcake tin with 6 paper cupcake liners. I am absolutely in love with these paper liners:
(photo courtesy of Eat Drink Pretty)
You can purchase these soufflé/nut cups at Michaels or Smart & Final:)
2.) Sift the flour, baking powder and salt onto a piece of wax paper. Set aside.
3.) In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, vanilla, and strawberry puree.
4.) Cream the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer, and add the sugar. Beat for a few minutes, until light and fluffy. Add the egg and mix on low until combined.
5.) Add half the flour mixture and mix briefly on low. Scrape down the bowl and add the milk mixture, mixing just until combined. Scrape down the bowl and add the remaining flour mixture. Mix on low, then divide the batter evenly among the prepared cupcake tins.
6.) Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Cool in the pans for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the frosting:
~ Beat the butter, sugar, and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the strawberry puree a teaspoon or two at a time until the frosting is smooth and spreadable.
And cupcakes always look best with pretty toppers, don't you think?
(photo courtesy of One Charming Party)
So here is a sweet little pink elephant topper that matches our baby shower from yesterday . . .
Pink Elephant Free Printable:
Download the PDF Printable Elephant Cupcake Circle Sheet Here:
Multiple Elephant Cupcake Circles
For the cupcake toppers, cut out the squares along their border and then punch with a 2” scallop circle or 2” circle punch, or if you prefer, you can cut them by hand or just leave them as squares and attach a long toothpick to the back.
You will get the best results if you use bright white card stock to print your files!
So go ahead and whip up 6 of these delicious strawberry cupcakes and give these printable circles a try. You will never be able to make another batch without them:)