Saturday, January 30, 2010

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

Sorry for the long silence, but I have some news...

We're having a GIRL!!!

So in honor of this news, I went through my pictures of yet to be blogged about dishes and found something pink :)

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes (minus the lemonade).


I found this recipe at Annie's Eats and it looked tasty, so I decided to give it a try. But I got lazy and skipped the lemonade part. :P

These were definitely better than my previous attempt at strawberry cupcakes. They weren't as gorgeous as Annie's but by my standards, this was a huge improvement. These were much fluffier than last time, the flavor was great and the icing wasn't a total disaster! I still need more practice baking, but I there is hope! :)

Inspired by Annie's Eats

Cupcake Ingredients:
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. lemon zest
- 12 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup milk
- 2 cups strawberries, chopped (I used thawed frozen strawberries)

Frosting Ingredients:
- 1 cup strawberries, chopped (I used thawed frozen strawberries)
- 12 oz. cream cheese (room temperature)
- 18 tbsp. unsalted butter (room temperature)
- 2 2/3 cups confectioners’ sugar (sifted)
- 3 tsp. lemon juice
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:
- Mix flour, baking powder, salt and lemon zest. Set aside.
- Beat the butter on medium in a stand mixer until light and fluffy.
- Add the sugar and beat until combined.
- Add the eggs one at a time until combined.
- Add half of the flour mixture and beat until well incorporated.
- Add the milk and mix.
- Add the rest of the flour mixture until everything is smooth and incorporated.
- Fold in the strawberries.
- Fill up paper-lined cupcake tins about 3/4 way full.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then move them to a wire rack to finish cooling.

- Blend the strawberries in a blender for the frosting.
- Strain the strawberries to remove the seeds.
- Beat the cream cheese and butter together until fluffy.
- Add the powdered sugar and beat until thoroughly mixed.
- Add the lemon juice and vanilla extract.
- Mix in the strawberry puree one tablespoon at a time until it reaches the texture, flavor, and color you want.
- When the cupcakes are totally cool, frost them and serve!

26 comments:

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Congratulations ! and welcome back.

Anncoo said...

Congratulations Gaga!

Sophie said...

Congratulations, gaga with your sweet baby girl!!!

Enjoy!! Those cupcakes are a great way to celebrate the birth of your babyl!! Yeah!!!

Joanne said...

Congratulations! This is such exciting news. The cupcakes are the perfect way to celebrate.

Catherine said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for you!
BTW those cupcakes look so yummy! What a wonderful way to celebrate!

pigpigscorner said...

Many congrats!!

Sook said...

Congratulations! Girls are fun! (I don't have any girls but they do sound fun. :)

abby said...

congrats on the girl!

and I can imagine nothing better than cupcakes requiring 12 tbsp. of butter. is that for real? no typo? sounds like shortbread cupcakes. will definitely try.

Jo said...

Absolute, absolute, congratulations to you. Such a great way to celebrate.

Claudia said...

So pretty - thinking of strawberries in the winter makes me smile. Congrats and all the fun that is in your future.

Cinnamon-Girl♥ said...

Congratulations on your baby girl! These cupcakes are perfect to celebrate the news!

TabzChewy said...

I'm glad your brief hiatus ended with wonderful news!! Congratulations!!

Laura in Paris said...

Oh, congratulations! A child is a blessing and baby girl is a mom's best everything!

Ingrid said...

Yay, a girl! :) Congrats! Start saving 'cause girls cost waaaay more than boys! There is just toooo many super cute girl things! :)
~ingrid

noobcook said...

congratulations, such wonderful news! :)

Juliana said...

Congratulations! Such an exciting news :-)

Anna said...

Congratulations, cupcakes looks like a good way to celebrate, it looks yummy. :-)

Jessica@Foodmayhem said...

Congratulations!Nothing says little girl more than strawberries!

MrsLavendula said...

congratulations! =) the cupcakes look lovely!

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

Congratulations!!!

Chow and Chatter said...

congrats I have a baby girl you will love it Much Love Rebecca

Amanda said...

CONGRATS!!! I am so excited for you! And what a perfect recipe to pick!

Blessings-
Amanda

Carolyn Jung said...

What wonderful news! And I can't think of anything more appropriate to welcome the news of a bouncing baby girl than with some girly cute cupcakes. Congratulations!

petite nyonya said...

Congratulations!! Bet you are all 'gaga' over your little precious one :)

Christine said...

Oh my gosh! These strawberry cupcakes look DELICIOUS!! And the frosting! OMG !

Christine said...

And Congratulations!!!! :)