Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

Tried and True Tuesday.... Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

This recipe was found over at Gimme Some Oven and made for a simple Easter dinner dessert. I couldn't find strawberry cake mix so I used a lemon cake mix, pureed some strawberries to add to the mix and left out the lemon juice. The frosting I stayed true and to finish the cupcakes since I had some lemon and some strawberries leftover I sliced them and sprinkled them with some sugar and lemon zest and placed a slice on each strawberry.

Enjoy! Let me know if you try them and what you think!

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes(Adapted from Hello Cupcake and Chow)
Cupcake Ingredients:
1 (18.25 oz.) strawberry cake mix
3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1/4 cup (4 Tbsp.) lemon juice
  • 4 eggs
Frosting Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup pureed strawberries (made from fresh or frozen strawberries)
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 – 4 cups powdered sugar (adjust to achieve desired consistency)
To Make Cupcakes:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.
Add the cake mix, buttermilk, oil and lemon juice to a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed until moistened, about 30 seconds.  Add eggs one at a time, until the batter is well-mixed. Increase speed to high and beat until thick and fluffy, 2 minutes longer.
Pour or scoop the batter into the paper liners until they are 2/3 full. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cupcakes cool on a wire rack.
To Make Frosting:
Cream butter in an electric mixer on medium-speed until smooth and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.  Then add in the strawberries, vanilla and lemon juice, and mix on low-speed until combined.  Gradually add in the  powdered sugar and mix until combined.  Then beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, another 3-5 minutes.  (Add in more powdered sugar if consistency is too thin.)

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