I have this need to bake with strawberries. If I pick up a pack of strawberries I have this urge to immediately bake with them. To tell you the truth I can’t even remember the last time I bought strawberries and actually ate them fresh, as is. I’m not sure if that’s a bad thing or a good thing. No matter what, those strawberries are eaten one way or another.
With my last purchase of strawberries I made strawberry scones (that I showed you earlier this week) and these strawberry cupcakes. This cupcake recipe is one of my favorites. I have been using it for at least a couple years now. It is actually the famous Sprinkles Cupcakes recipe. When I first found it I made it exactly how it stated on the recipe. But over time I have adapted it to what I think it now perfect..,. At least for now :).
These cupcakes have a great strawberry flavor. They get the flavor from fresh, pureed strawberries. Because fresh strawberries don’t give off an overwhelming pink/red color, I like to add a little bit of pink food coloring. This is of course optional if you don’t want to add any artificial coloring. If you decide not to add it in them the color will be more of a beige/very pale pink. I like my cupcakes to be a more pronounced pink color so I add just a little bit of food coloring.
I topped these cupcakes with a Marshmallow Frosting. This frosting tastes just like marshmallows – its delicious! I love it not just only because of the amazing taste, but also because of the super white color and the way it holds its shape. The texture is also just so light and fluffy, almost like air.
The combination of the light frosting with the fluffy strawberry cupcake is definitely a winner! My obsession with baking with strawberries continues…
Strawberry Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting
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Makes: About 12 Cupcakes, About 30 Mini-Cupcakes
1 cup Strawberries – Pureed into ½ cup
1/3 cup Milk
2 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
1 ½ cups All Purpose Flour
1 tsp. Baking Powder
¼ tsp. Salt
½ cup (1 stick) Unsalted Butter, at Room Temperature
1 cup Sugar
2 tsp. Pink Food Coloring (Optional)
8 Egg Whites
2 cups Sugar
1 tsp. Cream of Tartar
1 tbsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
To begin making the cake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place cupcake liners in one cupcake pan, or in 2-3 mini-cupcake pans. Set aside until needed.
In a food processor, puree the strawberries (it should be ½ cup). Pour the pureed strawberries into a small bowl, and add the milk and vanilla extract. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and beat until incorporated. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add half of the flour mixture. Once the flour has fully mixed in, beat in milk mixture. Then gradually add in the remaining flour and mix until fully incorporated. Mix in the pink food coloring, if using.
Using a ice cream scoop, divide the batter among the cupcake liners. Bake the cupcakes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20-25 minutes. Let the cupcakes cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then remove and let cool completely.
While the cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting. In a large, heatproof bowl (I used the bowl of my stand mixer), combine the egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar. Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water and whisk constantly until the sugar has completely dissolved and the mixture is warm, about 4-5 minutes.
Transfer the bowl to a stand mixer ﬁtted with a whisk attachment and whisk, gradually increasing in speed, until stiff peaks form, about 8 minutes. Add the vanilla and whisk until incorporated. *Do not make this frosting ahead of time. It needs to be used immediately.
To frost the cupcakes, place the frosting inside of a piping bag fitted with a round large tip. Place the tip over the center of the cupcake and apply pressure to release frosting, without moving the tip. When the frosting has created a “herseys kiss” shape, release the pressure. Sprinkle with pink sprinkles, if desired. Serve and Enjoy :)!