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Strawberry Cupcakes

Author: Charlotte Bothe

Strawberry Cupcakes Recipe Strawberry Cupcakes Recipe

These light and tender cupcakes wear a sweet, fruity hat of fresh strawberry frosting.

At a glance

Prep
Bake
Total
Yield
12 cupcakes

Ingredients

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Cupcakes

  • 6 tablespoons soft unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon King Arthur Pure Vanilla Plus; or Vanilla Bean Crush, vanilla paste, or vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon strawberry flavor, optional; for enhanced flavor
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached Cake Flour Blend
  • 1/2 cup milk, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup strawberry Jammy Bits, optional; for flavor and texture

Frosting

  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) soft unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon meringue powder, optional; for holding power
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon King Arthur Pure Vanilla Plus; or vanilla bean crush, vanilla paste, or vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon strawberry flavor, optional; for enhanced flavor
  • 4 to 5 cups glazing sugar or confectioners' sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan, or line it with paper, and grease the papers.
  2. To make the cupcakes: Beat together the butter, sugar, salt, baking powder, and flavor(s) until the mixture lightens in color.
  3. Beat in the eggs one at a time, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl after each addition.
  4. Gently beat in a heaping 1/2 cup of the flour, then 1/4 cup of the milk; repeat the process, finishing with the remaining flour.
  5. Fold in the Jammy Bits. Divide the batter among the cups.
  6. Bake the cupcakes for 18 to 20 minutes, until cupcakes are very light brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of one comes out clean.
  7. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and, after 5 minutes, transfer them to a rack to cool completely.
  8. To make the frosting: Beat together the strawberries, butter, meringue powder, and flavor(s) using an electric mixer, until the strawberries have broken down and tinted the mixture pink.
  9. Gradually add 4 cups of the sugar, and beat until the frosting is light and fluffy. Add enough additional sugar, if necessary, to make the frosting nicely spreadable.
  10. Spread or pipe the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes.
  11. Yield: 12 cupcakes.