Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Sprinkles Strawberry Cupcakes

If you can't tell already I really love cupcakes. In fact I once thought of opening up my own little cupcake shop but at this time the Midwest hasn't really caught up with the whole cupcake thing and it would probably end up being more trouble then pleasure. Still, I love to make them at home for my family and today while dreaming on Martha's site I came across Sprinkles recipe for their very own Strawberry cupcakes. If you get a chance there is a helpful if not really cool interview on Martha's every day show with the owner of Sprinkles as well. But here is the recipe just in case you are in a hurry.

From now on I am going to make Wednesdays my cupcake day! I hope you will enjoy as much as I do. If you have any cupcake features, pictures, or recipes to share for my Cupcake Wednesdays than please let me know.
Ingredients
Makes 1 dozen
2/3 cup whole fresh or frozen strawberries, thawed
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 cup whole milk, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
2 large egg whites, room temperature
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners; set aside.
Place strawberries in a small food processor; process until pureed. You should have about 1/3 cup of puree, add a few more strawberries if necessary or save any extra puree for frosting; set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a small bowl, mix together milk, vanilla, and strawberry puree; set aside.
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 egg and egg whites until just blended.
With the mixer on low, slowly add half the flour mixture; mix until just blended. Add the milk mixture; 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 until tops are just dry to the touch, 22 to 25 minutes. Transfer muffin tin to a wire rack and let cupcakes cool completely in tin before icing.

Sprinkles Strawberry Frosting
Ingredients
Makes enough for 1 dozen cupcakes
1/2 cup whole frozen strawberries, thawed
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, firm and slightly cold
Pinch of coarse salt
3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Directions
Place strawberries in the bowl of a small food processor; process until pureed. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together butter and salt on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce mixer speed and slowly add confectioners' sugar; beat until well combined. Add vanilla and 3 tablespoons strawberry puree (save any remaining strawberry puree for another use); mix until just blended. Do not overmix or frosting will incorporate too much air. Frosting consistency should be dense and creamy, like ice cream.


Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart Living

2 Comments:

SkinCareGirl said...

Hello,

I googled strawberry cupcakes and found your blog. I love strawberry anything!! These cupcakes sound YUMMY! Have you made them yet? Thanks for the recipe!

Blessings,
Leslie

Emily said...

Hello Leslie!
Yes I have made the strawberry cupcakes and they are really tasty! Check out Martha Stewart's site to see them being made in action! Thank you for checking out my blog. I hope you visit often!

Blessing to you too!

Emily

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