May 28 2012

What’s Baking: Strawberry Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

Published by at 7:08 am under Food,Local food,Recipes,What's Baking Challenge

This month’s What’s Baking theme was “Bake with Summer Produce” and I wasn’t even the one who thought it up!  Seriously, this theme that is near and dear to my heart is from Ammie who blogs at Adventures in My Kitchen. What she didn’t know when she picked the theme is that I had 1/2 cup of chopped strawberries and a few tablespoons of that Pomegranate-Blueberry juice left over from the Homemade Gelatine with Strawberries, I had over a cup of frosting left over from the Funfetti cupcakes and that I had bookmarked a strawberry cupcake recipe from My Recipes that I was dying to try.

Well, truth be told, I didn’t know all that either when she picked the theme but I’m not one to mess with fate–these cupcakes were just WILLING me to make them.  And I’ll do just about anything a cupcake recipe asks.

My first inclination that these were going to be awesome was the slight tinge of pink the batter took–if I’m a sucker for a cupcake, I’m a HUGE sucker for a pink cupcake.  The second hint was how they puffed up to make these beautiful barely rounded tops.  I know pro cupcake makers will tell you that a flat top is the holy grail of cupcakes but there’s something so pretty and symmetrically pleasing about a rounded top–a dozen of these cute little red-specked domes sitting in the tin was just like baked up happiness.

My gut wasn’t fooling me–these are pretty good.  The cake is dense with a semi-coarse crumb and not super sweet which allows those spots of cooked berry to really shine through every time you bite into one.  That also serves as the perfect vehicle to a clean, sweet buttercream like this one.  The original recipe called for orange juice in the batter and an orange glaze on top, which I’m sure is lovely, but not nearly as charming as the berry-flavored juice and sweet cream frosting I ended up with serendipitously.

Ammie, if I could box these up and send them to you as a thank you for picking an awesome theme at a good time, I would.  But I only made a dozen and they are, um, all gone.

Strawberry Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

Yield: Makes 12 cupcakes

Strawberry Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

Adapted from All You


  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg plus 1 large egg white
  • 6 tablespoons fruit juice (I used Pomegranate-Blueberry)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries


Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners (I used reusable silicone liners).

In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of the stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar with a mixer on high speed until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and egg white until well combined. With mixer on low, beat in half of flour mixture. Beat in juice (batter will look separated--that's ok), then add remaining flour mixture and beat until combined, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Gently fold in chopped strawberries.

Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each until almost full. Bake until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 20 to 22 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack for at least 5 minutes.

Frost with buttercream frosting (recipe here)

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4 Responses to “What’s Baking: Strawberry Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting”

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  2. Ammieon 30 May 2012 at 9:24 am

    These look so nice and airy, and I love the addition of juice here. Hopefully I have a reason to make these soon! Thanks for submitting these to What’s Baking!

  3. Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciouson 01 Jun 2012 at 2:28 am

    I’m totally in love with these! I’ve made strawberry cupcakes before where it’s just a vanilla based cake and a strawberry buttercream but I’ve never actually added strawberries right into the batter. Great idea!

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