Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

strawberryshortcakecupcakes I was craving strawberry shortcake.  I usually need an excuse to make dessert, otherwise I will end up eating the whole thing.  So I decided to make these cupcakes for a little get together I was having.  My friends that moved away to Colorado, were going to be in town for a wedding, so we planned a little reunion party with all our old co-workers.  It was really fun and great to see everyone.

Strawberry shortcake is probably not the best dessert to serve to a big crowd.  Who wants to assemble a large quantity of strawberry shortcakes?  Not me!  I thought strawberry shortcake cupcakes would be perfect, so I started my search for the perfect cupcake and frosting recipe.  I came across this recipe from Damn Delicious and thought it sounded really good.  I doubled the recipe and it made about 24 cupcakes in a regular size cupcake pan.  I couldn’t find freeze dried strawberries for the frosting so I decided to see what other strawberry buttercream recipes I could find.  I found this recipe from Add a Pinch.  Instead of the strawberry syrup I used strawberry jam.  I used a natural strawberry jam with no added coloring and the frosting came out a little off white, so I had to add some red food coloring.  I really don’t like to use food coloring, but I didn’t want to have ugly cupcakes.  I should make my own red food coloring out of beets 🙂  I will put that on my do to list!

These cupcakes were a huge hit!  The cupcakes were the perfect combination of cake and biscuit.  It really seemed like I was eating strawberry shortcake!  In my opinion, buttercream frosting is the best frosting for cupcakes.  This strawberry buttercream was creamy with the just a hint of strawberry to compliment the strawberries mixed into the cake. You should make these Strawberry shortcake cupcakes immediately!  They have fruit in them.  That makes them healthy, right?

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake

Ingredients

    Cupcake
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup corstarch
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup diced strawberries
  • 24 strawberry slices for garnish
  • Strawberry Buttercream Frosting
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 1/2-4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 4 tablespoons strawberry jam
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons half-n-half, heavy cream or whole milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 3-4 drops of red food coloring

Instructions

    Cupcake
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Combine flour, cornstartch, baking powder and salt.
  • Beat sugar, eggs and vanilla on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add in vegetable oil and butter, beat until combined well.
  • Alternate adding in dry mixture and milk. Start with a 1/3 of the dry mixture, then add 1/2 of the milk, continue until all ingredients are incorporated. You should start and end with the dry mixture. Do not over mix.
  • Fold in diced strawberries.
  • Fill 24 regular cupcakes liners that have been inserted into regular sized cupcake baking tin. Fill to a little more than 3/4 full. These cupcakes don't rise a lot. Bake for 15-18 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool completely on a cooling rack.
  • Strawberry Buttercream Frosting
  • Cream together butter and powdered sugar, adding powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time.
  • Add the strawberry jam and beat until mixed in.
  • Add half-n-half, cream or milk one tablespoon at a time until the frosting holds it's shape.
  • Add a pinch of salt and the red food coloring.
  • Beat slowly at first then increase speed for a final 20 seconds or until the red food coloring is mixed in and the color is consistent throughout.
  • Refrigerate for about 30 mins until the frosting firms up. Pipe onto the cupcakes and add the strawberry slices to decorate.
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