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?