Every year I get excited when I see strawberries in the grocery store. I’m not really big on fruit desserts, but I do love strawberry shortcake, cupcakes, and ice cream. I saw these cupcakes at the perfect time and decided to make them to celebrate this beautiful warmer weather that we’ve been blessed with! These cupcakes were a pretty standard white cupcake with lemon flavoring, but it was the frosting that made them stand out. This frosting was simply incredible! I like pretty much any frosting, but a Swiss buttercream works great in sweets because it’s not overly sweet. It’s more about the creamy, buttery texture. I added an entire carton of strawberries for extra flavor, which was just right for me. David said that this is pretty much his favorite cupcake and he wants me to find even more excuses to make that frosting again! These would be a great dessert to make for a spring cookout or for Mother’s Day- the perfect way to celebrate spring!
Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes
Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride, originally from Martha Stewart
3 cups flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
4 eggs, at room temperature
3 Tbsp lemon zest (from 3 lemons)
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (from 1-1.5 lemons)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
Strawberry Buttercream, recipe follows
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare muffin tin by either spraying with baking spray or lining with paper liners (my preferred method).
Whisk flour, baking powder and salt together and set aside. Cream butter and sugar on a high until pale, light, and fluffy (about 5 minutes). Add eggs one at a time, mixing thoroughly before adding the next one. Add lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla. Turn mixer to the low, and add the dry ingredients in three batches, alternating with the buttermilk in two batches. Mix only until just incorporated.
Fill each muffin cup ~3/4 full. Bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer shows only moist crumbs attached, rotating the pans at the halfway point. Allow cupcakes to cool completely in the pans before removing.
Yields: 24 cupcakes
Strawberry Buttercream Frosting
2 cups sugar
8 egg whites
3 sticks butter, room temperature
4 Tbsp lemon juice
1 pint strawberries, pureed
1 tsp vanilla
Place the stand mixer bowl over a simmering pot of water (the bottom of the bowl should not touch the water). Whisk the sugar and egg whites until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture registers 160 degrees with a candy thermometer.
Place bowl on the stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and whisk on high speed until the mixture is cool and holds stiff, glossy peaks (approximately 10 minutes). Change to the paddle attachment and beat in one tablespoon of butter at a time on medium. The mixture might appear curdled but keep going, it will pull back together. Add lemon juice, strawberry puree, and vanilla. Increase speed to high and beat until the frosting reincorporates and is smooth and fluffy (this will take about 10 minutes).
Yields: Frosting for 24 cupcakes