Berrylicious

When I was a kid I adored Strawberry Shortcake.

Not the dessert, but this cute character.

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And don’t get me started on that new version of Strawberry Shortcake. Just give me that adorable, slightly chubby healthy, Strawberry Shortcake from my childhood. Anyway, strawberries were on sale this week (Yay for sales!) so I decided to buy two containers of them. First on my list of strawberry recipes to try is one that I found on How Sweet It Is for Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes.

IMG_6251So pretty.
IMG_6255The berries before they were mixed into…
IMG_6280this lovely batter.
IMG_6328I used cream cheese frosting and topped them with
IMG_6319sprinkles
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and sweetened flaked coconut.

What is your favorite strawberry dish?

Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes from How Sweet It Is

makes 12 cupcakes

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups flour

1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup chopped strawberries

1-2 tablespoons milk, if needed (I did not need this)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Beat butter and sugar together in the bowl of an electric mixer until fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla extract and mix until combined. Add flour, baking powder and salt with the mixer on low-speed, then gradually increase speed. Add in chopped strawberries and beat on medium speed until the strawberries break down – about 1-2 minutes. At this point, the strawberries most likely have enough liquid that you don’t need to add any milk to the batter. If you batter seems dry and is not like typical cake batter (see 1st picture above), then add milk 1-2 tablespoons at a time, beating until incorporated.

Pour into cupcake liners, filling 2/3 of the way full, and bake for 18-20 minutes or until cake is set. Let cool, then frost.

Note: I would not suggest using frozen strawberries because of the high water content. If you must, make sure they are completely thawed and as dry as possible. Also, if you can get your hands on some strawberry extract, it would probably be delicious in these. You can also add some food coloring if desired to give it the bright pink look.

Cream Cheese Frosting from All Recipes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Beat softened butter and cream cheese until well blended.
  2. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until creamy.

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