Pretty. Lovely. Adorable. Girly. However you want to describe the look of these babies. It’s also easy, simple and effortless to make. Even guys should be able to handle these to impress their girls for Valentine’s Day.
My strawberries happened to be with vibrant red color, and it made the buttercream look pretty enough that I didn’t have to put coloring. However, it doesn’t kill to put a drop or two pink food coloring paste to dress it up.
Ingredients (12 regular sized cupcakes):
1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract Strawberry Buttercream 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature 2 cups powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons heavy cream 2 to 3 tablespoons strawberry puree Others 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
To prepare cupcake, preheat over to 375F. Grease muffin tin or line with muffin liners.
In a large bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix well.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter on medium-high speed, until light and fluffy. Gradually add sugar and continue to beat until well combined and fluffy. Reduce the mixer speed to medium and slowly add eggs until just blended.
With the mixer on low, slowly add half the flour mixture; mix until just blended. Add the milk and vanilla extract, mix until just blended. Slowly add remaining flour mixture, scraping down sides of the bowl with a spatula, as necessary, until just blended.
Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Transfer muffin tin to oven and bake for 25 minutes. Transfer muffin tin to a wire rack and let cupcakes cool completely.
To prepare buttercream, beat butter for a few minutes in a standing mixer with the paddle attachment on medium speed. Add powdered sugar and turn your mixer on low, beat until the sugar incorporates with the butter. Add vanilla, heavy cream and strawberry puree, beat on medium speed for another 3 minutes, or until buttercream becomes light and fluffy.
Frost the cupcakes with the buttercream and garnish with strawberry slices.